The NC State offense marched down the field with a power running game. The Wolfpack defense held the Wofford's wishbone attack in check and added its own fumble-return touchdown. And, most importantly, the Pack finally notched a win.
Snapping a nine-game losing streak that dated back to October of 2006, the Pack dominated the Terriers on Saturday night to the tune of a 38-17 win. Andre Brown rushed for 133 yards and scored three touchdowns in the blowout victory.
For once, it was the other team making all the mistakes. The Terriers had two touchdowns called back on penalties, fumbled twice inside their own 20-yard line and muffed a punt inside their own 10-yard line to give the Pack three easy touchdowns. Meanwhile the Pack didn't commit its first turnover until it was a 38-10 game as head coach Tom O'Brien picked up the first win of his Wolfpack career.
The Wolfpack started the game with an impressive scoring drive, marching 74 yards on nine plays. The two big plays of the drive came when Marcus Stone hauled in an 11-yard reception on third down, and later a 27-yard run by Andre Brown to get the ball to the 2-yard line. Brown finished off the drive from there, punching it in for the touchdown to give the Pack a quick 7-0 lead.
Wofford answered later in the first quarter with a scoring drive of its own. A face mask penalty on a punt return gave the Terriers a short field, and would have scored a touchdown if not for two penalties that erased touchdown runs. The penalties forced Wofford to settle for a 20-yard field goal and pull within four points of the Pack.
Freshman Thomas Barnes lengthened the Pack's lead on his first play from scrimmage in a Wolfpack uniform. Wofford quarterback Ben Widmyer fumbled the ball deep in Wolfpack territory, and Barnes was the man on the spot, picking it up and running in unscathed for a 14-3 lead. Andre Brown carried the Pack offense on its next scoring, rushing for 40 yards and finishing it off with a one-yard leap into the endzone on 4th-and-1 to give the Pack a 21-3 advantage late in the second half. A booming 49-yard field goal by Steven Hauschka with just over a minute left in the half extended the Pack lead to three touchdowns.
The Terrier offense gave the Wolfpack another easy scoring opportunity early in the second half, as the Pack jumped on top of a dropped pitch pass to take control inside the Wofford 20-yard line. It didn't take long for Andre Brown to take advantage, as he juked his way into the endzone for an 11-yard touchdown run, his third score of the day.
Wofford put its first touchdown on the board midway through the third quarter on a bomb from Widmyer to receiver Andy Strickland. Widmyer, who had just 38 yards passing to that point in the game, hit the wide-open Strickland behind the Wolfpack secondary for a 61-yard score. The pass cut the Wolfpack lead to 31-10.
The Pack got its final touchdown thanks to another gift from the Terriers. Wofford a fumbled a punt, and the ball rolled all the way to the half-hard line before being picked up by the Pack. Unable to advance the ball on a fumbled punt, the Pack had to settle for a one yard run from Jamelle Eugene to make the score 38-10 in favor of the Pack. Wofford added the final score on a pass to Strickland, his second touchdown reception of the day.