NOTEBOOK: Graham Has Career Night

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Russell Wilson passed for 300+ yards for the fifth time in his career, but junior wideout T.J. Graham stole the show in the Wolfpack's win over Western Carolina.

Pack Explodes Against Western Carolina
NC State improved to a perfect 6-0 all-time against Western Carolina, and has averaged 48.0 points in those home wins.

Scoring Second-Highest in O'Brien Era
NC State scored 48 points tonight against Western Carolina, the second-highest scoring tally for the Wolfpack under Tom O'Brien. (65-7 over Murray State in 2009).

Graham is Golden
T.J. Graham only had one career touchdown reception heading into today's game. Before the first quarter ended, he had two more. Graham scored on a 26 yard pass from Russell Wilson at the 8:29 mark and on a 25-yarder with just 24 seconds remaining in the period.

The junior caught six passes for 96 yards for the day, a career high in terms of receptions and yards. Graham now has five career touchdowns, as he returned kickoffs for scores in 2008 and 2009.

For the night, Graham tallied 146 of all-purpose yardage.

True Freshman Gets Start
Freshman offensive tackle Rob Crisp got the starting nod in just his first collegiate contest tonight against Western Carolina. Crisp was rated the second-best offensive tackle in the nation by and the 13th-best player overall following his prep career.

Crisp is the true freshman to start the season opener on the offensive line for the Wolfpack since 2003.

Six True Freshmen See Action for Wolfpack
Six true freshmen saw action tonight for NC State: CB David Amerson, OT Rob Crisp, DT A.J. Ferguson, HB Mustafa Greene, safety D.J. Green and safety Dontae Johnson.

The Moose is Loose
Freshman halfback Mustafa Greene, known as "The Moose" to his teammates, scored the Wolfpack's first rushing touchdown of the season, a two-yard run in the third quarter to put NC State up 41-7 after the PAT. Greene rushed for 35 yards on 10 carries for the night.

Greene became the first true freshman to rush for a touchdown in his first game since tailback Reggie Davis scored at Duke on October 25, 2003. Although that game was later in the season, coaches had planned to redshirt Davis before calling him into action for that 28-21 Wolfpack win.

Tuffy Roams the Sidelines
One prong of new athletic director Debbie Yow's Wolfpack Unlimited" initiative is responsiveness to the fans. One request of many fans has been to have a live wolf on the sidelines. However, wolves, by nature, would not respond well to the sights and sounds of a football game, so Yow found the next best thing: a Tamaskan Wolf Dog. The dog made several trips around the sideline during tonight's game to see how he would respond and if all went well, may become a regular at Carter-Finley Stadium.

Wilson Posts Fifth Career 300-yard Game
Russell Wilson's 306-yard passing performance tonight was the fifth of his career to go over the 300-yard mark. That moves him into a tie for second-place in school history with Jamie Barnette, trailing only Philip Rivers, who posted an incredible 19 300+ yard games for his career.

Wilson tallied 306 yards of total offense for the night, giving him 5,936 for his career. He passed Terry Harvey to move into third-place in school history in that career category.

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