NC State's First Half Dominance Leads to 49-17 Win at USF

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Cherry scores first three Pack TDs, defense holds USF to 92 yards and three first downs in first half

TAMPA, Fla. ( - Both the NC State offense and defense came out and dominated first half action, as the Pack cruised past USF for a 49-17 road win at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. The Pack raced to a 35-7 halftime lead, and finished with 589 yards of total offense including 315 on the ground (most since 1994).


7 plays, 88 yard TD drive to open the game.

Hard to play favorites when the Pack had five first half TD drives, but the Pack's opening series march down the field set the tone for the game. After holding USF to 17 yards on their opening drive, the Pack took the ensuing punt and went 88 yards in seven plays over 2:50 to get on the scoreboard first for the first time this season.

Bra'Lon Cherry capped the drive with his first of three TDs on the day, as he took the read-option handoff for a 17 yards rushing score. On the opening series, the balanced offensive attach put up both 49 yards rushing and 49 yards passing. Tony Creecy had three rushes for 32 yards, while Jacoby Brissett was 2-of-3 for 49 yards, including a 42 catch and run by Bo Hines.