NC State used a balanced attack amassed 276 yards on the ground and 235 in the air on Saturday as the Wolfpack downed Syracuse, 42-29 in Carter-Finley Stadium on Saturday. NC State got touchdowns from five different players.
The Wolfpack probably could have won this game by a much wider margin, but stepped off the gas in the fourth quarter when holding a ~20 point lead. When things counted, State was in comfortable enough control as evidenced by a defensive effort in the second quarter that allowed just Syracuse just 39 yards of total offense, including (-7) rushing yards.
NC State is now 7-4 overall and 3-4 in the ACC with rival, UNC-CHeats coming to Carter-Finley Stadium this coming Saturday.
• The Pack’s 511 yards of total offense is the second-highest in an ACC contest under Doeren – 511 vs. Florida State (2014). The Pack’s 35:15 time of possession is also the second-highest in an ACC game under Doeren – 38:49 vs. North Carolina (2014).
• For the second straight year, a Pack DE dropped into coverage, and picked off a pass returning it for a pick-six. Last year, Pharoah McKever’s 82-yard INT return turned out to be the difference in the Pack’s 24-17 win. Today in the third quarter, freshman Darian Roseboro picked off an Orange pass and rumbled 20 yards for the TD which put the Pack up 35-16.
• NC State scored on its opening possession for the eight time in its 11 games this seaosn. NC State also opened with back-to-back TDs on its first two possessions, the fifth game this year they did so.
• NC State has now outscored its opponents 124-47 in the first quarter (14-3 today) and 222-128 in the first half (21-9 today) of games this season.