NOTES: Pack Duo Scores First TDs
Rashard Smith
Rashard Smith

Posted Sep 17, 2012

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Here are some postgame notes from NC State's 31-7 win over South Alabama.

• A pair of junior WRs caught their first career TDs in the first half for the Pack. Rashard Smith scored the Pack’s first TD of the game, a 33-yard pass on the opening drive, while Quintin Payton pulled in a 13-yard score late in the second quarter.

• NC State took the opening drive of the game, 80 yards in 12 plays and resulted in Smith’s 33-yard TD catch. The Pack’s opening drive touchdown was the first since last year’s Central Michigan game.

• Sophomore WR Bryan Underwood caught a TD pass in his thrid straight game to open the season. Underwood has five career TD catches dating back to last season, with 4 of the 5 going for at least 33 yards.

• NC State also scored on its second drive, Underwood’s 44-yard TD catch. On the Pack’s first two touchdown drives, QB Mike Glennon was 11-of-12 for 127 yards and 2 TDs.

• In the his two starts against South Alabama, Glennon is 41-of-54 (75.9%) for 531 yards and 7 TDs with no interceptions.

• With four extra points on the day, sophomore placekicker Niklas Sade has now made 50 consecutive extra points dating back to last season. His streak is now fourth-best in school history.

• Junior CB David Amerson collected his second interception of the season, he had his first last week at Connecticut. Amerson now has 15 for his career, just one shy of the school record of 16 by a pair of players.

• For the second time under Tom O’Brien, NC State held back-to-back opponents under 10 points (last week the Pack won at UConn, 10-7). In the first two games of the 2009 season, NC State lost to South Carolina 7-3, and then came back to down Western Carolina, 65-7.

• The Wolfpack defense held South Alabama without a third or fourth down conversion on the game. The Jaguars finished 0-for-11 on third down and 0-for-1 on fourth. The last time NC State held a team without a third down conversion came in 1992, when the Pack forced Virginia Tech to an 0-for-12 mark, a span of 228.

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