Looking back at the win over Eastern Kentucky, how did NC State's offense fare? Who were the standouts on that side of the ball? What grade would you give the offense?

The biggest takeaway remains NC State's ability to control the clock, grind out drives, and have balance. The Wolfpack offense held the ball for over 40 minutes and converted on 7-of-13 third-downs. They also managed to total 244 yards passing and 199 rushing yards.

"Offensively, we’re around 450 yards rushing and 450 yards passing after two games," said Doeren. "So we’re pretty balanced."

There are still some things to clean up, but if NC State can continue to maintain balance they will be tough to defend.

Multiple players stood out for NC State, and once again senior quarterback Jacoby Brissett led the way.

Three players really stood out for the Wolfpack, and it started with senior quarterback Jacoby Brissett. He completed 17-of-22 passes for 216 yards and a touchdown. His five incompletions included a couple of drops and a throw-away.

"Jacoby has had two good weeks in a row," said Doeren. "Obviously, we expected that from him."

Matt Dayes continued his offensive prowess and received a heavy workload. The junior tailback totaled 116 yards on 24 carries with three touchdowns. His carries will likely decrease with Shadrach Thornton returning, but he's proven he can carry a full workload if needed. What has stood out about Dayes is his ability to make defenders miss in space and how he can gain extra yards with his short-area quickness.

"I wish we had more guys like him," Doeren said. "The kind that show up, work hard, and take pride in your work. I'm proud of him. I love being around him. We’re excited to get Shad [Shadrach Thornton] back now, and see those two guys in our backfield."

Finally, perhaps the biggest development for NC State's offense has been the early emergence of wide receiver Jumichael Ramos. The talented junior is playing with supreme confidence and it appears the light has come on for him as he has looked really, really good. He totaled seven catches for 95 yards against Eastern Kentucky, and he could have had an even bigger night had NC State needed to do more through the air.

"J. Mike and Jacoby have good chemistry together" Doeren stated. "I'm excited about their chemistry more than anything."

B+ NC State's offense was productive, but there were some concerns.

The Pack put the ball on the ground twice, including a lost fumble by sophomore tailback Dakwa Nichols. The team also totaled seven penalties after recording zero in the first game, and there were a couple of drops that could have been bigger factors versus tougher competition.

However, the overall efficiency of the offense was strong, and the Pack totaled 13 chunk plays... five rushes of 10+ yards or more and eight completions for 15+ yards or more.

If NC State can continue the efficiency and control the clock while also mixing in a high number of chunk plays the offense will be a strength moving forward.

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