NC State Takes Down Wake Forest




WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. ( - Four explosive plays in the first quarter and another in the fourth, led the Wolfpack to a 35-17 win at Wake Forest on Saturday. NC State had 322 yards of total offense in the opening 15 minutes, and four TDs of over 50 yards gave the Pack an insurmountable lead and the ACC road win.

RB Matthew Dayes ran for a career-best 205 yards, while Jacoby Brissett was 20-of-34 for 227 yards and two touchdowns. The Pack defense also finished with a season-best seven sacks to help contain the Wake offense.

3 plays, 75-yard TD drive for first Wolfpack touchdown.
1 play, 85-yard TD drive for second Wolfpack touchdown.

The Wolfpack scored back-to-back touchdowns on its opening two possession to take a quick 14-0 lead just 2:45 into the game. On the two drives, the Pack covered 160 yards in just four plays.

WR Maurice Trowell had a 59-yard TD pass, while RB Matthew Dayes scampered 85 yards for the Pack's second TD. The two TDs scored by NC State were the fastest pair to start a game since the Pack had two in 2:19 at Navy in 2002.

• NC State's 1st Quarter Performance

• RB Matthew Dayes
16 carries, 205 yards, 2 TDs

• QB Jacoby Brissett
20-of-34 for 227 yards and 2 TDs; 8 rushes, 33 yards

• WR Maurice Trowell
4 catches, 87 yards, 1 TD

• DEs Mike Rose and Darian Roseboro
Rose 3 sacks, Roseboro 2 sacks, 2 PBUs

• NC State improves to 8-2 - winning its last six - in games under Dave Doeren when the Pack has more then a week to prepare for a game. Among the current streak are three ACC road wins over the last two seasons - today at Wake, and last year at Syracuse and at North Carolina.

• For the second time this season, NC state posted 28 points in the first quarter (also at South Alabama). The 28 points in the opening quarter are the most for the Pack in an ACC game since vs. Duke in 2001 (28).

• The last time an FBS team had four touchdowns of at least 50 yards in one quarter was Toledo vs. Eastern Michigan in 2012.

• NC State had 365 yards of total offense in the first half. Going back into the archived box scores, which date back to 1970 - no other Wolfpack team had more. The closest total of first half offense was 365 yards at Clemson in 2012.

• RB Matthew Dayes became only the sixth NC State running back to rush for at least 200 yards in a game. Dayes' total of 205 stands as the fifth-most in school history in a single game and the most since Andre Brown had 248 against Southern Miss in 2005.

• A pair of rookie WRs caught their first career touchdowns. RS-Fr. Maurice Trowell caught a 59-yd TD to open the scoring, and later in the first quarter, Fr. Nyheim Hines' first career TD came courtesy of a 58-yard pass.

• RB Matthew Dayes' 85-yard TD run in the first quarter was the fifth-longest rush in school history - and the longest since 2001.

• Bra'Lon Cherry's 52-yard punt return for a TD in the fourth quarter was the first for NC State since Rashard Smith had one at Duke in 2013.

• NC State had a season-high seven sacks, including 3 by DE Mike Rose and 2 by DE Darian Roseboro.

The Wolfpack returns to Carter-Finley next Saturday, hosting #6 Clemson for a noon contest. The game will mark NC State's Homecoming.