NC State had a chance to really swing the momentum in the second quarter.
Trailing to Old Dominion, the Wolfpack's Jack Tocho appeared to recover a fumble and return it for a touchdown, but the play went to review and was overturned by the replay official. Replays like this and this never showed the elbow down with the ball still being possessed by the receiver, but the play was overturned anyways.
According to NCAA rules, their must be definitive evidence to overturn the ruling made on the field.
NC State's offense started slow, but once it got going the Monarchs couldn't stop it.
A big reason why was the balance of running and passing in the play-calling of offensive coordinator Matt Canada. He mixed in a variety of passing and running calls to keep the Old Dominion defense off balance and it led to the overall success.
NC State finished the game with 46 points and 495 yards of total offense. The Pack had 253 yards passing and 242 yards rushing. State totaled 28 first downs and converted 6-of-10 3rd-down attempts. The fact that they had just 10 3rd-down attempts is a statement to how efficient they were offensively.
The team also didn't have a turnover and had just one penalty.
UP THE MIDDLE
Much was made of Old Dominion's quarterback, and he was really good, but the Monarchs frustrated NC State all night by attacking the middle of the Wolfpack's defense on the ground.
ODU spreads you out with a variety of four-wide out sets, leaving just one defender inside the box. It leaves the Monarchs with five blockers to block four defensive linemen and one linebacker. All it takes is a missed tackle and/or crease to create a potentially big running play.
NC State did a much better job in the second half of clogging up the middle of the line of scrimmage but gave up several big plays in the process.
SHARING THE WEALTH
NC State did a great job of utilizing their running backs.
The Wolfpack starts senior Tony Creecy, and he'll get a few carries, but Matt Dayes is probably the most complete back and Shadrach Thornton gets better as the game goes on, running with an attitude.
In the win, the trio combined for 189 yards on 30 carries with four rushing touchdowns. Dayes added another three catches for 32 yards and a score.
Niklas Sade's senior season has got off to a rocky start.
He missed two field goals last week (both attempts were over 50 yards) and missed a 34-yarder tonight after hitting his first attempt of 33 yards.
PLAYS IN SPACE
Dravious Wright had a couple of of noticeable breakdowns in the season opener, but he appeared to be much better tonight against Old Dominion.
Wright, the starting nickel back, has a lot of responsibility and is called on to make plays in space, which he did. The sophomore finished the game with seven tackles, and all seven were solo hits, the most on the team.