N.C. State scored touchdowns on four of five first-half drives to build a big lead and was in control throughout, though it gave up big plays — including a 57-yard scoring run by Brandon Burks — that helped the Trojans (0-1) at least hang around in Neal Brown's head-coaching debut.
Still, Dayes moved the chains all night while starting for leading rusher Shadrach Thornton, who is suspended two games. And just as when Thornton was suspended for the opener two years ago, Dayes took advantage of the extra work.
Dayes ran for 84 yards and three touchdowns in that 2013 game, which marked his college debut as well as coach Dave Doeren's first game with the Wolfpack. This time, he scored in close and on a 30-yard scamper in the third while getting a career-best 24 carries.
Samuels, meanwhile, scored from 14 and 3 yards on almost identical runs to the left pylon, then mirrored that with a 3-yard run to the other side for good measure — his third TD on a night when he had just eight offensive touches.
Wolfpack star quarterback Jacoby Brissett also got off to a good start, completing 21 of 23 passes for 196 yards and two touchdowns while leading N.C. State's offense to 450 total yards.
Brown built his reputation as an offensive coordinator with his first stint at Troy as well as stops at Kentucky and Texas Tech, and at 35, he is the second-youngest coach in the Bowl Subdivision ranks.
But the Trojans' first outing was spotty; Burks ran for 124 yards while Brandon Silvers threw a 37-yard TD pass to Bryan Holmes with 1 second left in the opening half, but they generally struggled to sustain drives.
The low point came when N.C. State's Dravious Wright came untouched on a rush and leveled Silvers with a heavy hit that sent both the ball and the quarterback's helmet flying.
Wright recovered the fumble at Troy's 14, setting up Samuels' third score that pushed the lead to 42-21 late in the third.