Overall, NC State's offense fared very well. The biggest positive for NC State was the efficiency on that side of the ball. The team had no penalties offensively and zero turnovers which is great for a season opener.
"I'm very proud of the execution we had on offense," said head coach Dave Doeren. "The lack of penalties... we were able to control the clock and execute on third down and fourth down. The way we threw it and caught it... very efficient."
Three players really stood out for the Wolfpack, and it started with senior quarterback Jacoby Brissett. The talented signal-caller completed 21-of-23 passes for 196 yards and two touchdowns. His two incompletions were a throw out-of-bounds to avoid pressure and an overthrow on a long pass to junior wideout Jumichael Ramos.
"I should have made that throw," Brissett said of the pass. "I got to get that in there."
Overall, he was terrific.
"Jacoby Brissett, he’s special," Troy head coach Neal Brown said of Brissett. "I think he’s a Heisman Trophy candidate. I think he’ll continue to prove that."
The workhorse for the Wolfpack was junior tailback Matt Dayes. Receiving the biggest workload of his career, Dayes rushed for 126 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries. He also led the Wolfpack in receiving with five catches for 65 yards.
"126 yards, five-yard average, made guys miss, and took care of the ball," said Doeren. "He ran like we thought he'd run to be honest with you. He was like that all through camp. He was really excited about his role tonight and it showed.
"His practice on Tuesday was unbelievable... how hard he went. I texted him Tuesday night and said, 'if you practice like that no one will touch you in the game," and he said, 'that's what I'm trying to do.'"
With Dayes and Brissett moving the ball down the field it was sophomore tight end/fullback Jaylen Samuels doing damage in the redzone. Samuels had just eight touches on the night, but he converted three of those into touchdowns. He currently leads the ACC in touchdowns and looks to be a major weapon for the Wolfpack near the endzone.
Samuels shrugged off his success after the game, instead choosing to praise all of the team's offensive weapons.
"We all worked as a team," he said. "For us to have that many ball carriers, it is going to be tough for defenses to stop. Coming into the next game, I am sure [Eastern Kentucky] is going to be game-planning on us a lot. To come out like this is really good."
A- NC State's offense was efficient and productive.
The Wolfpack totaled 49 points. They had the ball for over 41 minutes and was 6-of-6 in the redzone, all touchdowns. As previously stated, zero penalties and zero turnovers while scoring on 7-of-10 drives with the starters on the field.
Why the minus? The team was just 5-of-13 on 3rd-down and allowed three sacks.