NC State was sharp out of the gate Thursday night—exactly what you’d hope to see from an experienced team—but it took a minute for the Wolfpack to find the big plays. The passing touchdown to Ricky Person aside, NC State’s early offensive efforts were mostly methodical rather than flashy.
Which worked just fine, mind you, but when those chunk plays started to come, that’s when State really took control of the proceedings. USF eventually wore down under the pressure, offering little resistance to a Wolfpack ground game that got stronger as the night went along.
NC State rolled up nearly 300 yards on the ground on an average of 7.3 yards per carry as both Bam Knight and Ricky Person went over 100 yards. That ground game made life easy on Devin Leary, which was definitely an ideal situation given how long he’d been off the field.
The Pack rather easily controlled the line of scrimmage on both sides and that’s pretty much the story. A good game and excellent start to the season.