Jackets Rout Pack, 56-23

RALEIGH, N.C. — With less than 10 minutes remaining in the second quarter, N.C. State had the ball at the Georgia Tech 5-yard line trailing, 14-13.

Junior Jacoby Brissett, who at that point was primarily victimized by dropped passes, threw an interception and the Wolfpack never seriously threatened again.

After a mistake-prone second quarter, Georgia Tech ran rampant over N.C. State to cruise to a 56-23 victory at Carter-Finley Stadium. The Wolfpack will enter the final two games of the season 5-5 overall (1-5 in league play) still in need of one win to reach bowl eligibility.

The Yellow Jackets used three turnovers before halftime to seize control of the game. Brissett’s pass that was picked off on the goal line by redshirt-senior Quayshawn Nealy denied the Wolfpack a potential score that would have put NC State back in front. However, freshman Jaylen Samuels ran Nealy down and forced a fumble, which the Pack recovered.

Two plays later, Brissett threw another interception and the Jackets made the Pack pay. Junior D.J. White rumbled 38 yards for the score to push Georgia Tech advantage to 21-13 with 9:26 remaining in the half.

On the ensuing drive, Brissett was flushed from the pocket and fumbled as he was being sacked. Nealy recovered for the Jackets and was not to be denied, as he returned it for a 43-yard touchdown that extended the lead to 15 points and N.C. State never seriously Georgia Tech’s offense went exactly 11 minutes without the ball during a stretch in the first half, yet the Yellow Jackets extended its lead to 15 points over that span.

“It’s obviously disappointing to be in a game like that early on, we were driving in to go ahead,” N.C. State head coach Dave Doeren said. “To have a chance at a touchdown and turns into a touchdown for them—great play by them and for us a bad play—then to have it happen again kind of sucked the wind out of the team and we never found a way to get back in it.”

Georgia Tech finished with 489 yards rushing in the game, led by Synjyn Days with 157 yards on 19 carries—including a 53-yard touchdown romp. The Yellow Jackets had seven players average at least 4.2 yards per carry in the contest. The Pack had the ball for only 5 minutes and 19 seconds in the second half.

“They are good at what they do,” Thomas Teal said. “We knew they were going to make plays. Turnovers happen. It is our job to go out there and get a stop and we weren’t able to do that.”

N.C. State returns to action on Saturday, November 15th when Wake Forest visits Carter-Finley Stadium in the final home game of the season. The Wolfpack not only will be seeking a sixth win to earn bowl-eligibility but also will try to end a seven-game home losing streak in ACC play.

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