PARTING SHOTS: Presbyterian

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Here are some final thoughts and observations from NC State's 42-0 win over Presbyterian.

NC State took care of business in their final nonconference contest of the season, routing Presbyterian 42-0 Saturday night in Carter-Finley Stadium.

Here are some final thoughts and observations on the game.


MAN OF THE HOUR: Junior quarterback Jacoby Brissett completed the nonconference slate with another strong outing, completing 14-of-21 passes for 195 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed for 22 yards and another score.

Through four games, Brissett has tossed ten touchdowns and rushed for a score and has thrown just one interception.

CLOSE SECOND: Sophomore tailback Matt Dayes made the most of his touches.

He had just six carries, but totaled 86 yards, including a 68-yard touchdown run on a jet sweep in the Wildcat formation. He also had four catches for 44 yards and another touchdown, a 27-yarder down the seam of the defense.

Dayes averaged 14.3 yards per carry and 11 yards per catch... he now has six touchdowns in four games, and both of his scores on Saturday came out of the slot position.

Offensive coordinator Matt Canada continues to move him around on offense.

CLOSE THIRD: It was good to see Marquez Valdes-Scantling makes some plays after a couple of drops in the first three games.

The sophomore wideout finished with four catches for 55 yards, and he had a sweet 18-yard touchdown catch that made SportsCenter's Top 10.

At 6-foot-3, Valdes-Scantling gives Brissett a big target on the edge, and he should continue to develop into a red zone weapon for the Wolfpack.

TURNING POINT: NC State had a stretch late in the second quarter and into the third where they scored on three straight offensive plays.

It turned a 7-0 lead into a 28-0 advantage seconds into the third quarter.

SOLID STRATEGY: Presbyterian likes to stack the box defensively and fill gaps with their linebackers. They bring their safeties up to the line of scrimmage and play press coverage on the perimeter.

NC State knew this coming into the game, and it's a big reason why they took multiple shots, early and often, down the field against the Blue Hose defense.

Brissett was able to hit Bryan Underwood for a 65-yard touchdown, nearly connected with Stephon Louis for another (penalty), and also drew a pass interference penalty on a deep pass to David Grinnage.

Stretching the defense early forced Presbyterian to back off their safeties, and that opened up rushing lanes for the Wolfpack in the second half.

NUMBERS GAME: For the first time since 1994, NC State totaled at least 200 yards rushing in three straight games. The Pack finished with 265 yards and the 995 rushing yards through the first four games ranks as the sixth-most through the first four games in school history.

NUMBERS GAME II: For the first time in school history, NC State has posted at least 40 points in three straight games.

The Pack scored 46 against ODU, 49 at USF and 42 vs. Presbyterian.

BUSINESS AS USUAL: It was another strong outing for senior punter Wil Baumann, who entered the game averaging 47.3 yards per punt.

He kicked four punts and averaged a ridiculous 55.3 yards per punt, and that included a 67-yard kick that was downed inside the 20-yard line.

He had three 50+ yard punts, three that were downed inside the 20, and he allowed zero return yards.

RED ZONE REPORT: NC State's defense forced a Presbyterian field goal on their only drive into the red zone, and the Blue Hose missed the kick.

Because of their success with big plays, NC State made just two trips into the Presbyterian red zone and scored touchdowns on both drives.

• The goose egg for Bo Hines. The Wolfpack freshman entered the game tied for the ACC lead in receptions, but he didn't have a catch against Presbyterian. The Wolfpack's other slot receiver, Johnathan Alston, also didn't record a catch.

• The penalties. NC State had done a good job in limiting penalties but had seven for 70 yards.

• The time of possession. NC State scored quickly on their drives, but Presbyterian had the ball for 37 minutes and 46 seconds to just 22 minutes and 14 seconds for the Wolfpack.

HIT SQUAD: Redshirt freshman Jerod Fernandez had a game-high 12 tackles from his middle linebacker position.

HIDDEN HERO: Senior defensive tackle Thomas Teal was huge.

He had six tackles (third most o the team), a sack, and a fumble recovery.

LOST IN THE SHUFFLE: Freshman defensive tackle Kenton Gibbs didn't play many snaps but made the most of his time on the field, totaling six tackles, 1.5 tackles for a loss, and a sack.

• True freshman cornerback Troy Vincent Jr. received his first game action, playing on special teams.

• NC State started Drew Davis and Pharoah McKever at defensive end over regulars Mike Rose and Art Norman.

• True freshman Tony Adams made his first career start, as he got the start at right guard with Alex Barr moving to left guard to replace Joe Thuney, who was out with an illness.

• Bo Hines took over at punt returner after Bra'lon Cherry struggled at South Florida. Hines finished with three returns for nine yards and had a long return called back due to a penalty.

• NC State gained 460 yards on just 53 plays, an average of 8.7 yards per play.

• Junior tailback Shadrach Thornton had a rushing touchdown in the fourth straight game.

• Three of NC State's top five tacklers were defensive linemen (Teal, Rose, and Gibbs). UNANSWERED QUESTION: NC State looks drastically improved this season, but are they ready for a major step up in competition when No. 1 Florida State comes to Raleigh next weekend?

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