SYRACUSE, N.Y. (GoPack.com) - Behind four rushing touchdowns and limiting Syracuse to just 28 rushing yards, NC State won 35-20 at Syracuse on Saturday. RB Matthew Dayes tied a career-best with three rushing scores, while QB Ryan Finley threw for a career-best 340 yards. The Wolfpack defense matched the effort, holding Syracuse to just 218 yards of total offense and 10 first downs.
The Wolfpack improves to 9-1 all-time against Syracuse, including a perfect 5-0 in games played in Syracuse.
WOLFPACK SPOTLIGHT DRIVE - 1st half
13 plays, 82 yards in 6:16 - Matthew Dayes 7-yd TD run
After a Jack Tocho interception gave the Pack the ball, NC State went 82 yards in 13 plays to tie the game 7-7 on the first play of the second quarter. RB Matthew Dayes scored the Pack's first TD of the game from seven yards out, his first rushing score since the Clemson game. On the drive, Dayes rushed seven times for 30 yards.
WOLFPACK SPOTLIGHT DRIVE - 2nd half
2 plays, 80 yards in 0:37 - Ryan Finley to Kelvin Harmon 68-yd TD pass
After the Syracuse went three-and-out on its first drive of the second half, the Wolfpack took their ensuing drive 80 yards in only two plays and forged and went ahead 21-10. Jaylen Samuels started the drive with a 12 yard rush, then Ryan Finley found Kelvin Harmon on a quick slant, and after splitting a couple Orange defenders, Harmon went 68 yards for the score. The play was a career-long reception for Harmon.