It wasn’t a spectacular collective effort from NC State on Saturday night, but it was more than enough to down an out-manned Old Dominion team, 49-22. The Wolfpack offense, again led primarily by Ryan Finley, piled up well over 400 yards of offense.
NC State never trailed and held double-digit lead for the last 40 minutes or so. The Wolfpack’s defense set the tone early on, limiting Old Dominion to pretty much nothing during the first half.
That allowed the Pack offense to find its footing after a somewhat sluggish start. Jalan McClendon served as a goal line specialist at quarterback during the game, helping the Pack to a 21-3 halftime lead. He scored twice on short runs, and also hit on a play-action TD pass.
Matt Dayes was solid—a lost fumble aside—and Jaylen Samuels scored twice. There wasn’t a lot worth noting from the offense, which for the second time handled its business in an easy win without needing any huge plays.
Ryan Finley was as solidly unspectacular as the rest of the offense, completing passes at a high percentage while throwing zero interceptions. He’s yet to throw a pick this season.
During the second half, State started to get more of its complimentary players into the mix; Kelvin Harmon had multiple catches on one scoring drive, Cole Cook got himself a TD, and Stephen Louis made some critical plays. Freshman Thaddeus Moss caught his first career touchdown.
Old Dominion fought well on into the second half, fought for as long as it was feasible for their coaches to convince them the game was in doubt, anyway. The Monarchs tried trick plays and otherwise unconventional decision-making in an effort to create whatever momentum they could, with mixed results.
None of that was ever going to be enough, though.