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.
Whats 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.