NC State defeated their rival UNC 28-21 in a STATEMENT win in the final regular season game of 2016. What went well?
-Senior running back Matt Dayes carried the ball 26 times for 104 yards and 2 touchdowns. This was Dayes’ 8th 100-yard game of the season, which is the most by a Wolfpack running back since Ted Brown in 1977. Dayes also had 3 receptions for 36 yards.
-Sophomore running back Reggie Gallaspy and Sophomore quarterback Jalan McClendon were also tremendous in the Wolfpack’s ground game. Gallaspy carried the ball 10 times for 62 yards, and McClendon carried the ball 7 times for 42 yards.
-The Wolfpack’s 259 rushing yards tied a season high, matching their effort against William & Mary in the season opener.
-NC State has won 7 out of their last 10 matches against UNC. They have also won 4 out of the last 5 in Chapel Hill.
-Wolfpack Offensive Coordinator Eliah Drinkwitz did an unbelievable job keeping the Tar Heel defense on their toes. Matt Dayes, Reggie Gallaspy, Nyheim Hines, Jaylen Samuels, and Jalan McClendon all carried the football. He did a good job of mixing up Finley and McClendon at signal caller. Matt Dayes did a successful job running the wildcat offense. UNC has been a solid team against the pass, but vulnerable against the run, and Drinkwitz was creative in exploiting their weaknesses.
-UNC has been a strong 1st quarter team all season, and NC State was determined to win the 1st quarter, and they did to the tune of 14-0. This set the tone for the rest of the game.