RALEIGH, N.C. – Eastern Kentucky University’s football team played to a 0-0 tie through the first quarter, but North Carolina State scored two touchdowns in the second quarter on its way to a 35-0 victory on Saturday at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh.
EKU (1-1) came into the game ranked 19th in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). The Wolfpack (2-0) were receiving votes in both Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) polls.
N.C. State got on the board early in the second quarter when Benson Browne caught a five-yard pass from Jacoby Brissett to cap an eight-play, 60-yard drive that took just 2:53 to complete. Jaylen Samuels put the home squad up two touchdowns when he carried it around the left side for a 12-yard touchdown run with 5:12 left in the second quarter. That play polished off a 10-play, 75-yard drive that chewed up 4:36.
The Colonels had a chance to cut the deficit in half late in the second quarter. Eastern’s first sustained drive began with a 22-yard completion from Bennie Coney to Jeff Glover. Dy’Shawn Mobley followed with an 11-yard run up the middle. A 15-yard face mask penalty pushed the ball down to the 27 yard line. Facing a third-and-11, Coney hooked up with Glover again, this time for 20 yards to get inside the 10.
A pass interference call gave EKU first-and-goal at the two, but the Colonels failed to cross the goal line. A fourth down pass from Coney, intended for Joel Brown, sailed out of the end zone.
The Wolfpack out-gained the visitors 227 to 92 in the first half, including 100-21 on the ground.
Two big plays on North Carolina State’s first possession of the second half led to a touchdown that essentially put the game away. On second-and-five, Brissett completed a 31-yard pass to Samuels. Two plays later Matt Dayes took it in for six from 25 yards out. The four-play, 70-yard drove took just 1:29 off the clock.
Later in the third, aided by a 38-yard punt return, the Wolfpack put together another short scoring drive to go up 28-0. N.C. State found the end zone on six plays in 2:57.
Coney finished 5-for-19 for 79 yards. Dy’Shawn Mobley carried the ball seven times for 31 yards. Glover caught four passes for 60 yards. Brissett went 17-for-22 for 216 yards and tossed one touchdown. Dayes ran for 116 yards and scored three times.
Eastern is off next weekend. The Colonels will open Ohio Valley Conference play on Sept. 26 at home against Austin Peay.