Not Too Shabby
Let’s be honest, with the way NC State’s non conference schedule looks this season, we shouldn’t be talking about a loss until at least week 5. Of course, as we saw in many other games around college football, these early season games are anything but guaranteed. Thankfully, NC State wasn’t one of the victims.
State won the toss and gave the ball to Troy. They forced a quick 3 and out in their first defensive series, which allowed Jaylen Samuels to take a reverse, and run untouched to the end zone. 7-0 Wolfpack and fans are starting to feel confident.
In typical NC State fashion, that confidence was short-lived. Troy marched 75 yards down the field and tied the game in two minutes. When NC State did the same, this had all the makings of a shootout. Thankfully, the defense woke back up, made a few stops, and offense scored 21 unanswered points to take a 28-7 lead with just 28 seconds left in the half.
So NC State took a 28-7 lead into the half? No, of course not, that’d be too easy. Brandon Silvers threw two long passes and Troy scored a touchdown in 27 seconds. Yes, the Trojans drove 82 yards in 27 seconds.
The Wolfpack took over in the second half as Matt Dayes started breaking off big runs in the third quarter. The defense stepped up and really shut down the Trojans offense. They put more pressure on Silvers and sacked him twice, something they didn’t do the entire first half.
Troy did their best to stay in the game, but big play after big play just seems to kill their spirit. The knockout punch, pun intended, was delivered by Dravious Wright
Though it was only the third quarter, this really decided the game. A few plays later, NC State scored again to take a three-score lead and basically put the game on ice.
Yes, this was only the first game. Yes, it was against Troy. But NC State fans shouldn’t be ashamed by their excitement right now. I’m not talking ACC title or anything crazy, but there were several bright spots in this first game. We knew from last year that Jacoby Brissett was good, but he continues to live up to the hype. He completed 21 of 23 passes for almost 200 yards. All this, and he was pulled with 12 minutes left in the game.
With the suspension of Shadrach Thornton, many were concerned about the Wolfpack running game. It’s safe to say that Matt Dayes quieted those concerns. He got 24 touches for 124 yards, scored twice, and didn’t even get a touch in the fourth quarter.
The defense was…well…dissatisfying. Allowing 305 yards and 21 points to a team in the Sun Belt probably wasn’t the plan for the NC State defense. Granted, they made some changes, and played much better as the game went on. It will certainly be something to watch in the next few games.
Nothing earth-shattering, but not much to complain about. Solid week. Keep it up Wolfpack!