NC State's offense was without three of its top weapons for almost the entire game.
Freshman WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling, who starting the first three games of the season, sat out his second straight game. Fellow rookie RB Matt Dayes also missed today's game due to injury.
Late in the first quarter, senior Rashard Smith got hurt on a kickoff return and did not return to the game. Smith totaled just 47 all-purpose yards today, after posting 167 in last week's win over Central Michigan.
Coming into today's contest, Smith was leading the Pack with 20 catches, while Valdes-Scantling ranked second with his 14 receptions. Dayes was the Pack's leading rusher on the season, and had the most touchdowns on the team with five.
Sade Continues Hot Start
Junior PK Niklas Sade's strong season continues, as his field goals of 20 and 27 yards today increased his season total to 11-of-12 on the season. Sade came into the game tied for third nationally with nine made field goals on the season.
O-Line Stays The Same
After having three different offensive line combinations start each of the first three games, the Pack has now started the same five on the O-line the last three games. Joe Thuney has started at left tackle, Duran Christophe at left guard, Quinton Schooley at center, Alex Barr at right guard, and Tyson Chandler at right tackle.
Johnson Gets A Pick
Senior Dontae Johnson had to wait four years, but today he picked off his first pass. The Pack's started CB each of the past two seasons has seen a lot of snaps during his Pack career, but today's third quarter INT was the first of his career.
Ironically, the INT came when he was lined up at safety, the position he played his first two seasons with the Pack.
Penalties Push The Pack Back
For the third time in five games this season, the Pack recorded at least eight penalties for a game. Today, the Pack was flagged eight times for 74 yards. The Pack entered the game ranked 12th out of 14 teams in the ACC in penalties.