Cherry Steps Up

RALEIGH, N.C. -- NC State went into halftime of their season opener against Georgia Southern reeling.

The Wolfpack trailed 17-3, had missed two field goals, couldn't complete a couple of touchdown opportunities, and the defense was allowing big plays.

It certainly wasn't looking good.

Sophomore wideout Bra'lon Cherry said head coach Dave Doeren challenged the team.

"He challenged us," said Cherry. "He asked us if we did all that work [in the offseason] for nothing.

"All that hard work we did in the offseason, we can't waste it. Let's put it all together and make a difference.We did it for a reason. We came back in the second half and showed them."

Cherry played a major role in the comeback. Junior quarterback Jacoby Brissett missed him for a touchdown in the first half, but in the second half the duo connected for two scores, including an 11-yarder that capped a 99-yard drive.

A part-time contributor as a true freshman, the two touchdowns were the first of Cherry's career.

"It's a feeling that... it's just a feeling that you'd never expect," he said of the touchdowns. "The crowd is going wild, everyone is going wild... your teammates. You can't do it without the rest of the offense so just give credit to them."

The Wolfpack still trailed after Cherry's second score but following a defensive stop Brissett led the team down the field for a game-winning touchdown.

According to Cherry, Brissett and the rest of the team was confident, even while trailing.

"He was calm," Cherry said of Brissett. "He knew we were going to make the touchdown... we just had to make it happen.

"We knew that we were going to score. We've been working all offseason, and we've been in those situations in practice. We knew we were going to score a touchdown."

"It's a great feeling," he added on the victory. "We're just trying to keep it going and get more wins. We've been working hard in the offseason. We don't expect to lose anymore."

Next up for Cherry and NC State is a matchup against Old Dominion. The Wolfpack will be favorites against the Monarchs, but they were heavy favorites against Georgia Southern too.

"We can't underestimate anybody," said Cherry. "Things happen. We just need to keep playing and work hard.

"We look at each other like we have to do it for each other. We all know what's going on inside. No one thinks we can make it happen, but we've been working. We know what we can do."

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