Recap: NC State vs. Old Dominion
Raleigh, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - Shadrach Thornton rushed 14 times for 86 yards and three touchdowns, helping the NC State Wolfpack best the Old Dominion Monarchs, 46-34, in a non-conference matchup at Carter-Finley Stadium Saturday.
Jacoby Brissett completed 21-of-29 pass attempts for 253 yards and two touchdowns for the Wolfpack (2-0). Matt Dayes tallied 79 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries.
Taylor Heinicke passed for 274 yards, two touchdowns and an interception on 35-of-49 passing for the Monarchs (1-1). Ray Lawry ran for 71 yards and three touchdowns, and Zach Pascal hauled in nine receptions for 98 yards.
The Monarchs opened the scoring on the first drive of the game, when Heinicke completed a five-yard touchdown pass to David Washington just over two minutes in.
The Wolfpack got on the board a few minutes later after Niklas Sade converted on a 33-yard field goal.
After intercepting Heinicke, NC State ended its following drive with a two- yard rushing score by Thornton, pulling the Wolfpack ahead 10-7.
ODU responded with 1:27 left in the first quarter on a one-yard rush from Lawry, reclaiming the lead, 14-10.
Early in the second quarter, it was Lawry again with a score, this time on a two-yard run, making it 21-10.
In the final minute of the first half, Dayes reeled in a seven-yard pass for a touchdown from Brissett, cutting the lead to 21-18.
The Wolfpack took back the lead six minutes into the second half on a two-yard rush by Thornton - his second touchdown - making it 25-21 NC State.
Just over five minutes later, Lawry continued his excellent game with a third rushing touchdown, this one from four yards out, to make it 28-25 ODU.
With a minute left in the third, Stephen Louis caught a 16-yard pass from Brissett for a touchdown to once again put the Wolfpack up, 32-28.
Three minutes into the fourth quarter, Dayes rushed 10 yards for his second touchdown, pushing the Wolfpack out to 39-28 lead.
The Monarchs battled back midway through the final quarter, with Heinicke connecting on a nine-yard touchdown pass to Antonio Vaughan, cutting the deficit to 39-34.
Thornton rushed 23 yards for his third touchdown of the game with just under four minutes left, capping off his stellar game to put the Wolfpack up by 12, their largest margin of the game.
The two offenses combined for 999 total yards in the contest, including 504 by the Monarchs. NC State's ground attack averaged 6.2 yards per carry, and accumulated 242 between six ball carriers.Game Notes