NC State football: What worked, what needs work, and what's next?

jgiglio@newsobserver.comSeptember 30, 2013 

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N.C. State running back Shadrach Thornton (10) outruns Central Michigan defensive back Kavon Frazier (5) for a 29-yard touchdown run...

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N.C. State (3-1, 0-1 ACC), beat Central Michigan, 48-14

What worked: The Wolfpack ran for a season-best 239 yards against the Chippewas. Sophomore running back Shadrach Thornton had a season-high 71 yards on 13 carries, including a 29-yard touchdown run. Freshman running back Matt Dayes had a 42-yard touchdown run, his team-high fifth touchdown of the season.

The defense produced its first three interceptions of the season, including one linebacker D.J. Green returned 37 yards for a touchdown.

What needs work: The penalties were down from the previous two games – just six compared to nine against Clemson and 10 against Richmond – but most of them were avoidable, like the unsportsmanlike call against freshman Johnathan Alston on the opening kickoff.

What’s next: N.C. State travels to Wake Forest (2-3, 0-2 ACC) for its first road game of the season. The Deacons are coming off of a 56-7 loss at Clemson but have not lost at home to N.C. State since Philip Rivers’ sophomore season in 2001.

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