Wolfpack Passes First Road Test with Win at ODU

 

 

 

NORFOLK, VA. (gopack.com) - Ground-and-pound on offense, take away the rush on defense.

The NC State offense bullied its way to 256 yards and four rushing scores, and the NC State defense held Old Dominion to -3 team rushing yards, as the Wolfpack came away with a 38-14 road win at ODU Saturday night.

RB Matthew Dayes went over 100 yards for the third straight game with 108 yards, Shadrach Thornton made his season debuting rushing for 92 yards, and four different Pack players had a rushing score. The Pack's defense held the NCAA's leading rusher to just 15 on the ground.

WOLFPACK SPOTLIGHT DRIVE
15 plays, 73-yard TD drive on first offensive possession.

After the Pack forced a game-opening three-and-out for the third straight week, the Pack offense took the ball 73 yards in 15 plays over 7:42 and scored the game's first TD, a three-yard Jaylen Samuels TD run. The key play of the drive was Matt Dayes converted a 4th-and-1 from the ODU 8 yard line a play before Samuels scored.

TOP WOLFPACK PERFORMANCES
• Pack's rushing defense
Old Dominion finished with -3 rushing yards on 21 attempts.

• Pack's first quarter defense
Not only did the Pack defense hold its third straight opponent to a three-and-out to open the game, but in the first quarter ODU had -1 yards on seven total plays - and its lone first down came on a 15-yard penalty.

• RB Matt Dayes
20 rushes, 108 yards, 1 TD

• RB Shadrach Thornton
18 rushes, 94 yards, 1 TD

• FB/TE Jaylen Samuels
14 rushing yards, 43 receiving yards, 2 total TDs

NOTABLES
• NC State has now won six consecutive games dating back to last season - the final three last year and the first three this season. The last time NC State won that many consecutive games was when the Pack won the first nine games to start the 2002 season.

• NC State has also won four straight away from Raleigh dating back to last season, the longest winning streak away from Raleigh since winning four straight in 2002.

• For the third straight game, RB Matthew Dayes rushed for over 100 yards. He is the first Pack RB to have three straight games over 100 since T.A. McLendon did so in 2002, and the first Pack RB to open the season with three 100+ rushing games since Joe McIntosh in 1981.

• Through the first three games, the Pack has 13 rushing TDs; 5 vs. Troy and 4 vs. both Eastern Kentucky and Old Dominion.

• ODU finished with -3 yards rushing, the fewest for a Wolfpack opponent since Maryland tallied -9 yards in 2010.

• In all three games this season, the Pack defense has forced an opponent into a three-and-out on the game's first possession: Troy 3 plays for 5 yards, Eastern Kentucky 3-(-8), and Old Dominion 3-1.

• Fr. PK Kyle Bambard kicked his first career field goal, a 36-yard attempt in the fourth quarter to extend the lead to 31-14. The field goal is the first for the Wolfpack, not by former four-year starter Niklas Sade, since the 2010 bowl game.

• ODU RB Ray Lowry came into today's contest as the NCAA's leading rusher through the first two games of the season, averaging 219.0 yards a contest. Today, the Pack defense held him to just 15 yards on 11 carries.

• NC State forced ODU into seven three-and-outs on the Monarch's 11 drives. For the season, NC State has forced 21 three-and-outs on 34 opponent drives.

• ODU converted just 3-of-12 third downs. For the season, opponents have converted just 6-of-33 third downs against the Pack.

• QB Jacoby Brissett extends his streak, dating back to last season, to 156 straight passes over the last 26 quarters without throwing an interception.

UP NEXT
The Pack will again be in road action next weekend, as NC State will travel to South Alabama for an 8 p.m. ET contest. The game will be televised on ESPNews.