Pack blows out Eagles, 44-17

RALEIGH, NC -- NC State dominated every phase of the game, scoring a touchdown on offense, defense and special teams while blowing out Boston College 44-17 on Saturday afternoon at Carter-Finley Stadium.

Coming off a tough loss last week to Virginia Tech, NC State entered Saturday's game against Boston College looking to rebound and get back to the successful play which had gotten the Wolfpack to 4-0. It's safe to day the Pack did just that.

NC State used all three phases of the game -- scoring on offense, defense and special teams -- to manhandle the Eagles (2-3, 0-2) and move to 5-1 Saturday afternoon in Carter-Finley Stadium.

Russell Wilson threw for more than 300 yards for the fourth straight game, completing 38 of his 51 passes for 328 yards and three touchdowns while hitting 10 different receivers. Owen Spencer hauled in eight catches for 70 yards and a touchdown, his first of the season. Jarvis Williams caught five passes for 65 yards and a touchdown, his third of 2010. Wilson's 38 completions tied Philip Rivers' school record and his 51 attempts were a career-high.

While NC State (5-1, 2-1) only ran the ball 28 times for 75 yards, the Wolfpack used a precision short passing attack to pick apart a solid Boston College defense.

The Wolfpack opened the scoring early in the first quarter when Josh Czjakowski hit a 40-yard field goal with 9:04 remaining in the first quarter to put State up 3-0. Exactly one minute later, the NC State special teams unit struck when freshman safety D.J. Green recovered a blocked punt in the end zone to put NC State up 10-0. Fellow freshman Dontae Johnson blocked the kick, NC State's second in the last three weeks.

Boston College answered early in the second quarter when Nate Freese hit a 23-yard field goal to pull the Eagles within seven points at 10-3, but the Wolfpack erased any hope of an Eagles comeback by scoring on its next two possessions to push the lead to 24-3 with 6:38 remaining in the second quarter.

By halftime, NC State held a 27-10 lead on Boston College in a game that didn't seem that close. The Wolfpack held the Ealges to just 132 offensive yards on 36 first half plays and limited Montel Harris to 47 yards.

The attacking Wolfpack defense also rattled Boston College quarterback Dave Shinksie throughout the first half, limiting the sophomore to just 89 yards on 7 of 21 passing while tipping several passes at the line of scrimmage.

NC State's offense went into the half with 238 yards, including 193 passing yards from Wilson.

After letting a first half lead slip away against the Hokies last week, NC State came out in the third quarter and left little doubt, scoring on an interception return just five minutes in to push the lead to 34-10.

C.J. Wilson's touchdown, his second interception return of the 2010 season, marked the first time an NC State player has returned two interceptions for touchdowns since Greg Williams returned two in 1966.

The lead would grow to 34 points by the middle of the fourth quarter, when Josh Czajkowski hit a 31-yard field goal to make the score 44-10. Boston College would add a touchdown late when backup quarterback Mike Marscovetra hit Alex Amidon for a 67-yard touchdown to make it 44-17.

After allowing Montel Harris to rush for a school-record 264 yards and five touchdowns in 2009, the Wolfpack came up big, allowing Harris to total just 53 yards on 14 carries. Shinskie and Marscovetra's numbers weren't much better, as the two combined to go 11 for 32 on the afternoon for just 173 yards.

Boston College finished with just 272 total yards, 90 of which came on the final drive of the game, and the Wolfpack forced three turnovers.

The Wolfpack hit the road next Saturday for a non-conference matchup with East Carolina in Greenville. Kickoff from newly-renovated Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium is schedule for 12 p.m.

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