NOTES: Career Night For Payton

ATLANTA, GA -- Wide receiver Quintin Payton was one of the few bright spots for NC State against Tennessee. Here are some notes from the game.

• Tennessee scored 22 first-quarter points, the most points the Pack has given up in the opening quarter since Florida State scored 27 in a 48-35 FSU win Nov. 1, 1997, a span of 178 games.

The Pack responded in the second quarter, not allowing Tennessee to score and finished the half with Brandan Bishop causing a Volunteers' fumble at the Pack's goalline with 11 seconds left in the half.

• Tennessee recorded a safety with 51 seconds left in the first quarter, the first safety given up by the Pack since Sept. 27, 2007 against South Florida.

• Junior Quintin Payton had a career game for the Pack. The wide receiver recorded his first career start, and responded with 4 catches for 129 yards.

Coming into the game, Payton recorded 145 yards in his first two seasons combined with the Pack. Last season, NC State had only one receiver with more receiving yards in a game (T.J. Graham, 176 at Cincinnati).

• The Pack's tight ends also got into the receiving action as senior Mario Carter and Asa Watson combined for 9 catches for 96 yards. Entering the season, the two tight ends combined for only 12 career catches (Carter 10, Watson 2) for their careers.

• Plenty of players saw their first action in a Wolfpack uniform today: transfer Forrest West, junior college transfers Deylan Buntyn and Robert Caldwell, sophomore Josh Stanley, reshirt freshmen Benson Browne, Juston Burris, Hakeem Flowers, Carlos Gray, Hakim Jones, Dave Mann, Maurice Morgan, Mike Rose and true freshman Charlie Hegedus.

• Hegedus finished the game with 1 catch for 7 yards in the same stadium he played his final high school game last fall, as Lassiter High School fell in the 5A state semifinals in the Georgia Dome.

• The Pack was also well represented with players from the state of Georgia that saw action in the Georgia Dome: Rashard Smith, Logan Winkles, Cam Fordham, Cam Wentz, Zach Allen, T.Y. McGill, Charlie Hegedus, Dave Mann, and Art Norman.

• 2 of the 3 NC State touchdowns today came on the ground. Tony Creecy recorded his second career rushing score in the first quarter, and Mustafa Greene returned after missing all of last season and notched his first score since 2010.

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