NC State's Shadrach Thornton excited after return to action for the Wolfpack
N.C. State passed its first road test of the season with another efficient effort by quarterback Jacoby Brissett and two more touchdowns from scoring machine Jaylen Samuels.
Brissett threw for a touchdown and ran for another, and Samuels caught a touchdown and ran for one during the Wolfpack’s 38-14 road win against Old Dominion on Saturday night at Foreman Field.
N.C. State (3-0) blasted through its first two home games with barely a hiccup. The Monarchs (2-1), who put up a fight during a loss in Raleigh last year, were expected to be a tougher out in their first home game against a Power 5 conference team.
Instead, Brissett continued his mastery of the offense (18 of 27 passing for 179 yards), even getting his own running game going (43 yards), and the Wolfpack won its sixth straight game.
It’s N.C. State’s first six-game winning streak since 2002, when the team started 9-0 and won a school-record 11 games.
Right after Old Dominion running back Ray Lawry struck on a 70-yard touchdown catch-and-run to tie the game at 7, N.C. State responded with a quick, four-play, 72-yard touchdown drive.
Jacoby Brissett capped the drive with a 21-yard touchdown run on an option keeper to push the Wolfpack ahead. It was Brissett’s first rushing touchdown of the season; he had three last year.
3 who mattered
Jaylen Samuels: The N.C. State sophomore tight end’s stated goal is to average at least two touchdowns per game. He kept on track with two more, his fifth and sixth of the on Saturday and six for the season.
Samuels had a 3-yard rushing TD in the first quarter and a 10-yard TD catch in the second.
Matt Dayes: Senior running back Shadrach Thornton returned from his two-game suspension and ran effectively (92 yards, one TD), but Dayes led the team with 108 rushing yards and a touchdown.
Kentavius Street: The sophomore defensive tackle had his best college game with six tackles, one for a loss.
3 key numbers
11 ODU’s offensive yardage in 17 plays in the first half. Ray Lawry’s home run accounted for 70 of the Monarchs’ 81 yards in the first half.
219 Lawry’s rushing average coming into the game, tops in the nation.
15 Lawry’s rushing total Saturday on 11 carries.
On a 17-yard pass connection between Brissett and Dayes, Brissett was able to shed an ODU lineman just to get the pass off. Dayes, who caught the ball in the right flat, broke linebacker Malique Johnson’s ankles with a juke and then shook cornerback Aaron Young to convert on third and 8.
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