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NC State rolls Vanderbilt in Independence Bowl, 41-17

THIS is what could have been, and this is what was.

NCAA Football: Independence Bowl-North Carolina State vs Vanderbilt Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

NC State started slow against Vanderbilt in the Independence Bowl on Monday evening. These things, extremely annoying and usual-feeling, can happen. The Wolfpack spoiled several of its own trips inside the opponent’s 40-yard-line by scoring none points. NC State became much more efficient in the second quarter and ran off to a very easy 41-17 win over Vanderbilt.

The frustrating aspect of this game was State’s obvious lagging effort to start against a clearly inferior team—the Wolfpack could have had several scores on Vanderbilt in the first quarter but managed none and despite dominating the line of scrimmage had no points.

Fortunately, this was not a calamity that spanned the game. State woke up, and Jaylen Samuels got the football, and it all worked out. NC State finished out the game with a multi-score win.

We will see you next year and happy JaySam hat trick.