NC State shuts out Blue Hoses 42 – 0


Clad in white helmets, red jersey and trousers, the NC State football team took care of business Saturday night in Carter-Finley Stadium. The Blue Hoses of Presbyterian College were a stubborn lot for much of the first half. For 28 minutes and two seconds to be exact, Presbyterian College had the Pack just where they wanted them. NC State only led 7-0 when Jacoby Brissett hit sophomore Marquez Valdes-Scantling with a beautiful 18 yard end zone fade to take a 14-0 lead at the 1:58 mark just before halftime.

That drive, a 9 play 74 yard thing of beauty, was the longest of this young season. Until that point the Blue Hoses had played stellar defense, stopping the Wolfpack on 3 consecutive drives.

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Fortunately, Dave Doeren’s own defensive unit also showed up this evening.

Down 14-0 to the Pack, things began to unravel for coach Harold Nichols’ Blue Hose team when a fumble was recovered by a tenacious Wolfpack defense. One play later Brissett passed to Matt Dayes for a 27-yard touchdown to the delight and relief of Pack fans. To be sure, the NC State coaching staff must have felt a bit relieved also. Less than 49 seconds earlier the score was 7-0.

Halftime: NC State 21 – Presbyterian College 0

On the opening drive of the 3rd quarter the Wolfpack picked up where they left off with a 65-yard bomb to redshirt senior Bryan Underwood for his first touchdown catch of the 2014 season. Before tonight, the crafty veteran had taken a backseat to several other young guns in Brissett’s receiving corp. It was nice to see Underwood surface in time for ACC play. We are definitely gonna need him from here on out.

Leading 28-0 the game appeared secure as the Pack offense and defense kept the throttle down and continued to play with emotion and purpose. Matt Dayes took a handoff around the right side on a jet sweep and was off to the races with a 68 yard touchdown run.

Quick Stats:

Jacoby Brissett finished 14-of-21 for 195 yards and 3 TDs; 5 rushes for 22 yards and 1 TD.

Matt Dayes— 6 rushes for 86 yards, 1 TD and 4 catches for 44 yards, 1 TD.

Shadrach Thornton– 5 rushes for 53, 1 TD

Tony Creecy — 3 rushes for 53

Note: For the first time in school history, NC State has scored at least 40 points in 3 consecutive games

FINAL:   NC State 42 – Presbyterian College  0

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