Jacoby Brissett found Matt Dayes for a 35-yard strike down the right sideline with 1:37 left, as the Pack completed its comeback in the fourth quarter to start the 2014 season with a 24-23 win over Georgia Southern. The Pack's two TD drives in the fourth quarter covered 99 yards and then 75 yards to send the 54,273 Wolfpack faithful home happy.
WOLFPACK DRIVE OF THE GAME
NC State's 9 play, 75 yard TD drive in the fourth quarter to put the Pack up 24-23 with 1:37 left.
Down by six, NC State took possession of the ball at the 25-yard line. The Pack marched down the field in just 1:58 to score the go-ahead TD, a 35-yard Brissett to Dayes TD pass. Brissett's third TD pass of the game gave the Pack its first lead of the game, 24-23, with 1:37 left to play.
On the drive, Brissett went 8-of-9 for 75 yards, with all the plays on the drive a pass.
WOLFPACK DRIVE OF THE GAME - PART II
NC State's 12 play, 99 yard TD drive in the fourth quarter to cut the Eagles lead to 20-17 with 6:55 left.
After the Pack defense forced a Georgia Southern fumble on the Pack's 1-yard line, NC State went 99 yards in 12 plays in 4:08 to bring the Pack closer at 20-17 with 6:55 left in the game. Bra'Lon Cherry capped the drive with his second TD reception of the game, 11 yards from Jacoby Brissett.
On the drive, Brissett went 6-of-7 for 56 yards, with the last six plays of the drive all Brissett completions.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Jacoby Brissett: 28-of-40 for 291 yards and 3 TDs.
Making his first start in a Wolfpack uniform, and playing in his first game in 651 days, Brissett led the Wolfpack comeback thanks to his play in the fourth quarter. On the Pack's two TD drives in the quarter, Brissett was 14-of-16 for 131 yards, leading the Pack on scoring drives of 99 and 75 yards.
FROM THE LOCKER ROOM
I was as happy as a coach could be. In the first half, we traded field goals for their touchdowns and in the second half we flipped that. We had a key takeaway, when they had a sneak and we recovered the ball on the one-yard line. The offense went 99 yards for a touchdown. That was the turning point of the game and a huge momentum swing. That’s finish. We’re starting to be who we should be at key times, we just have to be better at the beginning. - NC State head coach Dave Doeren
• #Wolfpups: A total of 10 true freshmen made their NC State debuts in today's game: Shawn Boone, Bradley Chubb, Cole Cook, B.J. Hill, Bo Hines (starter at WR), Stephen Louis, Airius Moore, Germaine Pratt, Jaylen Samuels, Kentavius Street.
• #FirstTimeAction: Other NC State players who made their Wolfpack debuts today: Jacoby Brissett (starter at QB), NaQuan Brown, Jerod Fernandez (starter at LB), Kenton Gibbs, Josh Jones (starter at S), Bryce Kennedy, Malcolm Means, Ernie Robinson, Josh Sessoms, Charlie Twitty, Lucas Wilson.
NC State returns to home action next weekend, hosting Old Dominion on Saturday, September 6 at 6 p.m.