NC State's offense opened the game on fire, as quarterback Jay Davis led the Wolfpack down the field and connected with wide receiver Brian Clark for a 26-yard touchdown reception to give the Wolfpack a 7-0 lead.
Following the Wolfpack's opening scoring drive, both teams struggled on offense, with NC State really having problems. Running back T.A. McLendon fumbled deep in East Carolina territory on their next drive, and quarterback Jay Davis's fumble was recovered in the endzone by ECU middle linebacker Chris Moore. The costly turnover tied the score at 7-7 at the end of the first quarter.
NC State's John Deraney kicked a 31-yard field goal in the second quarter after the Wolfpack once again drove deep into East Carolina's territory only to stall on offense. The field goal gave NC State a 10-7 lead over the Pirates.
Late in the second quarter after another strong Wolfpack defensive stand, freshman safety Miguel Scott blocked Ryan Dougherty's punt and recovered the ball in the endzone. Scott's touchdown was the first of his career and gave the Wolfpack a 17-7 lead at the half.
NC State's defense has held ECU to just 94 total yards of offense on 31 plays in the first half. Pirate starting quarterback James Pinkney suffered a knee sprain in the first half and his replacement, Des Robinson, connected on 3 of 8 passes for 12 yards. Starting tailback Chris Johnson rushed for just 15 yards on 9 carries, as NC State's defense completed stifled the run.
Wolfpack quarterback Jay Davis has connected on 13 of 24 passes for 123 yards and one score. He also tossed an interception in the second period, his 15th of the season.
Wide receivers Brian Clark and Lamart Barrett combined for six catches and 89 yards while tight end T.J. Williams added two receptions for 24 yards.
NC State's was ineffective rushing the ball against an ECU defense that's been horrible against the run. Tailback T.A. McLendon rushed for 34 yards on eight carries but did not return in the first half after his fumble.
The Wolfpack's offense came out hot in the second half, as Davis led NC State on three scoring drives in the third period. Davis hit tight end John Richter in the flats for a three-yard touchdown reception, and on State's next possession Davis rushed in from the three-yard line on fourth down for another score. The last score came in the quarter's final minute, as Davis hit wide receiver Tramain Hall in the flats on a screen pass and Hall would do the rest, darting past ECU defenders for a 46-yard touchdown reception. Three touchdowns later, NC State led 38-7 heading into the fourth quarter and never looked back, winning 52-14.
NC State's defense dominated the game, limiting ECU to just 145 yards of total offense on 68 plays. The Pirates had 71 yards of total offense at the end of the first quarter but gained just 74 yards the remainder of the game.
The Wolfpack finished the game with 392 yards of total offense. Quarterback Jay Davis completed 18 of 35 passes for 227 yards and three touchdowns with just one interception.
Wide receiver Tramain Hall had one touchdown reception and also scored on a 45-yard kickoff return after East Carolina attempted an onsides kick in the fourth period. He finished the game with 3 receptions for 69 yards to lead the Wolfpack.
T.A. McLendon finished his junior season with a solid outing against the Pirates as he totaled 69 yards on 12 carries.
NC State (5-6) ended the season with a dominating performance, but penalties, turnovers, and injuries left Wolfpack fans wondering what could have been.
East Carolina (2-9) now looks to the future, as head coach John Thompson will not return next year. The Pirate fan base hopes to see the administration bring in a big-time head coach, and if so it just might energize what appears to be a program headed in the wrong direction.