NC State broke a 4-game losing streak yesterday, beating Syracuse in the Carrier Dome 35-20. Here’s a look at what went well:
-The Wolfpack piled on 544 yards of total offense, marking the highest total of the season.
-NC State was selfish with the ball. They held the ball for a whopping 41:18…compared to Syracuse’s 18:42.
-One of the reasons the Wolfpack was able to hold the ball, was because they were an impressive 10-18 on 3rd down.
-No news here. Matt Dayes rushed for over 100 yards for the seventh time this season. He had a career high 27 carries for 108 yards and 3 touchdowns. The 7 100-yard games in a single season is the most since Joe McIntosh in 1981.
-Ryan Finley played his best game against an ACC opponent this season, posting a passing efficiency rating of 178.8. He was 20 of 29 for 340 yards (career high) and a touchdown. Finley has now passed for over 300 yards in three straight games, which hasn’t been done at NC State since Russell Wilson did it in 2010.
– FR Kelvin Harmon had 4 receptions for 101 yards and a touchdown, making him the 5th receiver to go over the century mark this season. This kid is special. His 5 touchdowns are a freshman record at NC State.
-The Wolfpack defense was stingy, holding the Cuse offense to a measly 218 total yards.
-Bradley Chubb…seriously. He led the team with 7 tackles. Four of the tackles were for a loss, and 2 were sacks. For kicks and giggles, Chubb also forced a fumble.
-The Wolfpack secondary practically shut down Syracuse’s Amba Etta-Tawo to 4 receptions for 88 yards and a TD. That might not seem like “shut down”, but 81 of those yards came on one catch. His other 3 receptions were for a total of 7 yards. Etta-Tawo came into the game averaging roughly 130 receiving yards per game.