Scores

Final

W Carolina 7

(0-1, 0-1 away)

NC State 48

(1-0, 1-0 home)

6:00 PM ET, September 4, 2010

Carter-Finley Stadium, RALEIGH, NC

1 2 3 4 T
WCU 7 0 0 07
NCST 14 17 17 048

Top Performers

Passing: R. Wilson (WIS) - 306 YDS, 4 TD

Rushing: D. Haynes (CHAT) - 13 CAR, 69 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: T. Graham (NCST) - 6 REC, 96 YDS, 2 TD

Russell Wilson throws 4 TDs as NC State blisters W. Carolina

Associated Press

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Russell Wilson passed for 306 yards and four touchdowns to help North Carolina State defeat Western Carolina 48-7 on Saturday night.

Wilson completed 21 of 31 passes, engineering seven consecutive scoring drives as the Wolfpack won their season opener for the first time in four tries under coach Tom O'Brien.

N.C. State, which scored three points in its previous two season openers combined, enjoyed its highest scoring output in a first game since a 59-20 win over Western Carolina in 2003.

T.J. Graham posted career highs with six receptions for 96 yards and two touchdowns -- all in the first half -- for the Wolfpack. Freshman tailbacks Dean Haynes and Mustafa Greene each added a third-quarter rushing touchdown for N.C. State.

Western Carolina dropped to 0-26 all-time against current members of the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Catamounts went 87 yards on 10 plays to score a touchdown on the game's first possession, but amassed just 102 yards on 39 plays the rest of the game.

A mistake by Western Carolina on special teams ignited N.C. State's attack. After their opening score, the Catamounts forced N.C. State to punt after three plays.

But Deja Alexander muffed the catch on the short kick, and Taylor Gentry recovered for N.C. State on the Western Carolina 26 yard line. Wilson found Graham streaking down the seam uncovered on the next play for a touchdown, the first of four scoring strikes in as many possessions for Wilson.

Graham, who had one touchdown catch in his first two seasons, put the Wolfpack ahead 14-7 with his second scoring grab of the opening quarter. He pulled in a quick slant from Wilson on third and 5, weaving his way right to left through the defense on his way to a 25-yard touchdown.

N.C. State's defense kept the Catamounts from climbing back into the game. The Wolfpack, who surrendered at least 30 points in a school-record eight consecutive games last season, never allowed Western Carolina to enter the red zone.

The Wolfpack won without three members of their two-deep depth chart. Starting offensive tackle Jake Vermiglio and backup defensive tackles Marcus Kuhn and J.R. Sweezy didn't dress out for the game. All three had faced drug charges, which eventually were dropped, during the offseason.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
WCU
NCST
1st Downs925
Total Yards189480
Passing103351
Rushing86129
Penalties7-433-15
3rd Down Conversions5-149-15
4th Down Conversions1-11-2
Turnovers10
Possession28:4031:20

Passing Leaders

Western CarolinaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Jaynes4/10575.710
North Carolina StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Wilson21/313069.940

Rushing Leaders

Western CarolinaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Johnson16774.8020
Harris5112.204
North Carolina StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Haynes13695.3120
Greene10353.5111

Receiving Leaders

Western CarolinaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Alexander23517.5123
Everett22211.0011
North Carolina StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Graham69616.0226
Spencer49223.0060

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERWCUNCST
TD09:36Deja Alexander 23 Yd Pass From Zack Jaynes (Blake Bostic Kick) 70
TD08:29T.J. Graham 26 Yd Pass From Russell Wilson (Josh Czajkowski Kick) 77
TD00:24T.J. Graham 25 Yd Pass From Russell Wilson (Josh Czajkowski Kick) 714
SECOND QUARTERWCUNCST
TD11:21Taylor Gentry 1 Yd Pass From Russell Wilson (Josh Czajkowski Kick) 721
TD05:10George Bryan 7 Yd Pass From Russell Wilson (Josh Czajkowski Kick) 728
FG00:15Josh Czajkowski 24 Yd 731
THIRD QUARTERWCUNCST
FG10:36Josh Czajkowski 28 Yd 734
TD05:01Mustafa Greene 2 Yd Run (Joseph Flint Kick) 741
TD02:18Dean Haynes 1 Yd Run (Joseph Flint Kick) 748