Pack Rushes Over Wake Forest for Bowl Eligibility

 

 

RALEIGH, N.C. - NC State's ground attack was dominant throughout the game, as the Wolfpack gained the all-valuable sixth win of the season with a 42-13 defeat of Wake Forest at Carter-Finley Stadium. The Wolfpack rushed for 362 yards, the most in an ACC game since 1987, and four Pack players accounted for five rushing scores.

Despite the Wake Forest (2-8, 0-6 ACC) defense allowing just 42 percent of passes to be completed for 83 yards, the Wolfpack (6-5, 2-5 ACC) offense totaled 445 total yards behind 362 rushing yards.

Isaiah Robinson had a four-yard touchdown run and kicker Mike Weaver increased his field-goal percentage to 92.9 percent, connecting on field goals from 32 and 39 yards.

Defensively, Brandon Chubb (eight tackles), Ryan Janvion (seven tackles, two pass breakups) and Thomas Brown (four tackles, sack) led the way. Steve Donatell also forced a fumble, while Wendell Dunn and Zeke Rodney shared a sack.

John Wolford completed 15-of-32 passes for 161 yards, while E.J. Scott (five catches, 50 yards) and Matt James (four catches, 40 yards) led the receiving corps.

NC State scored first on a 10-play, 69-yard drive capped off by a two-yard plunge by Tony Creecy.

Wake Forest answered with a long drive of its own with a drive that elapsed 15 plays, 62 yards and 5:50 off the clock, but the Deacons had to settle for a field goal.

The Wolfpack rushing game then took over, as NC State out-scored the Deacs 35-3 in the second and third quarters.

The Demon Deacons put together their longest drive of the year in terms of time and plays, as a Robinson touchdown carry capped off a 16-play, 76-yard drive which took 7:47 off the clock. That was the sixth-longest drive in terms of time in program history.

Shadrach Thornton led NC State on the ground with 16 carries for 110 yards and a touchdown, while Bryan Underwood (76 yards), Matt Dayes (66 yards) and Jacoby Brissett (50 yards) also reached the 50-yard plateau. Dayes totaled three touchdowns, two on the ground and one through the air.