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Particular person, Knight, protection assist NC State roll previous USF 45-0

Ricky Particular person Jr. scored three first-half touchdowns and was one in all two North Carolina State gamers to run for greater than 100 yards within the Wolfpack’s 45-Zero season-opening win in opposition to South Florida.

It marked the Wolfpack’s first season-opening shutout victory in 17 years.

Particular person had a 33-yard TD catch from Devin Leary on a superbly executed wheel route on the Wolfpack’s first drive, then scored a pair of 11-yard runs within the second quarter for a 24-Zero halftime lead.

It marked the second straight 12 months that Particular person opened the season with a multi-TD recreation, and he went on to complete with 105 of his 148 whole yards on the bottom.

Fellow again Zonovan Knight ran for 163 yards and a 46-yard landing, a part of a 293-yard speeding day in a dominating efficiency by N.C. State to begin coach Dave Doeren’s ninth season in Raleigh.


The Wolfpack additionally had a strong return from Devin Leary, who was enjoying for the primary time since taking place with a damaged leg final October. Leary accomplished 17 of 26 passes for 232 yards and two scores, together with his principal mistake being an underthrown ball for an interception that would’ve been a landing.

N.C. State had little else go incorrect, from the offense rolling proper alongside to the protection making every thing troublesome for USF and choosing off three passes.

That had second-year coach Jeff Scott pulling starter Cade Fortin — a switch from Wolfpack rival North Carolina — for Timmy McClain earlier than halftime looking for a spark. It did not work, with McClain throwing a pair of deep-in-Wolfpack-territory interceptions earlier than Fortin returned early within the third quarter.

By the tip, USF had managed most of its 271 yards after the result was lengthy determined, with Fortin finishing 7 of 20 passes for 41 yards and a fourth-quarter interception.


USF: Merely put, this was an terrible begin to Scott’s second season with the Bulls. USF struggled for stops and chain-moving performs all evening, with the one drama changing into whether or not the Bulls would in the end scratch the scoreboard.

N.C. State: The Wolfpack regarded prepared from the beginning with a group that includes 18 returning offensive and defensive starters. Particular person and Knight each had chunk-play positive aspects, whereas Leary had a number of sharp throws in his first motion in 10 months. The offense completed with 525 whole yards whereas the protection earned its first season-opening shutout since beating Richmond 42-Zero in 2004.


USF: Issues will not get any simpler. No. 13 Florida from the Southeastern Convention visits USF on Sept. 11.

N.C. State: The Wolfpack will face an SEC opponent on the street, visiting Mississippi State on Sept. 11.


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