NOTES: Thomas Converts On 3rd Down

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Here are some postgame notes from NC State's 23-21 win over Richmond.

Sade Saves The Day
Pack kicker Niklas Sade's 48-yard field goal with just 33 seconds left proved to be the game winner in the win. Sade now has a game-winning kick for the season straight season, last year he booted a 44-yarder with 32 seconds remaining in the win at Maryland.

Sade Stays Perfect
By going 3-for-3 on the day, Sade improves to a perfect 7-of-7 on field goal attempts this season.

Pack Defense Stout In Second Half
After giving up 244 yards of total offense in the first half, the Pack defense shut down the Spiders in the second half to aid in the comeback win. Richmond gained just 56 yards of offense in the second half, including a negative four-yards rushing.

Doeren Remains Perfect
Head coach Dave Doeren remains perfect in home contests as a head coach. After winning his first two home games at NC State, Doeren is now 14-0 in three seasons.

New Shirreffs In Town
True freshman quarterback Bryant Shirreffs was responsible for the Pack's two touchdowns. He ran for a 28-yard score in the second quarter from the "Wildcat' formation and then hit Matt Dayes for a seven-yard score in the third ram.

The last true freshman to throw a touchdown pass for the Wolfpack was Philip Rivers in 2000.

For the day, Shirreffs had 36 rushing and 19 passing yards.

The Art Of Defense
Junior defensive end Art Norman had a monster game against the Spiders. He recovered a fumble to set up a third-quarter touchdown that brought Pack within one, and then he had a sack and caused a fumble later in the third quarter.

Pack Sacks
Richmond ranked third in the FCS last season in sacks allowed, giving up just five all season. A fired up Pack defense to to the the Spider quarterback three times. Thomas Teal had a seven-yarder while Art Norman tallied a 10-ard stop. Carlos Gray also had a sack in the contest.

Thomas Converts
Pete Thomas kept the ball in the Pack's hands by converting on third down seven times int eh game. Overall, he was 4-of-7 for 42 yards on third down, but also left the pocket and picked up three more first downs on the ground. On those carries he totaled 28 yards.

Thomas finished the day 24-of-31 for a 77.4 percentage.

Showing Appreciation
The Pack wore commemorative helmets to honor the military today. The State logo on State's white helmets was filled with the American flag.

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