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Highlights! NC State rides Kelvin Harmon’s big day to victory

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James Madison v North Carolina State Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images

My apologies for the lack of a recap last night—I fell asleep because it was 10 o’clock and I’m old now. Gonna have to put a pot of coffee on next time. Fortunately, Dave’s here to offer the most important recap every week anyhow.

Speakin’ of sleeping, Marshall forgot about Kelvin Harmon routinely on Saturday night, and that proved extremely costly for the Herd. Harmon finished with six grabs for 150 yards and would have had an even bigger night if Ryan Finley had hit him in stride after he got free down the field in the second quarter.

The passing plays were the big highlights on Saturday, but NC State was solid across the board in its first road test. That’s a great sign.

Chris Dunn has been a steady presence early in his career, and this is all we ask. This is all we’ve been screaming for over the last few years. Dunn knocked through three kicks from inside the 25, and I’ll forgive him the late miss, since that’s a mighty fine effort by a freshman kicker on the road. NC State needs to finish these drives with touchdowns, but hey, it didn’t matter this time.

And NC State’s defense put together its best performance of the season—State was disruptive, turned a mistake into an easy touchdown, and also held Marshall under 5.0 yards per play. Easily their best effort of the season.

You know things are working when you go on the road and never trail against a pretty good mid-major program. NC State got a whole lot of things right yesterday.