Concepcion and Armstrong lead the way to a 35-28 win against Virginia Tech ::

Concepcion and Armstrong lead the way to a 35-28 win against Virginia Tech ::

On Saturday evening, NC State achieved five touchdowns with the help of quarterback Brennan Armstrong and wide receiver Kevin “KC” Concepcion. Their contributions led the Wolfpack to a 35-28 win against Virginia Tech at Lane Stadium.

NC State (8-3, 5-2) has achieved a four-game winning streak and has accomplished a minimum of eight victories for the fourth consecutive year, marking a first in the school’s history.

Armstrong achieved success both in the passing and rushing game, tallying a total of 289 yards and scoring four touchdowns. He threw for two touchdowns and also ran in for two. Concepcion also had a strong performance, recording two receiving touchdowns and throwing his first career touchdown. He ended the game with 44 rushing yards, 63 receiving yards, and 17 passing yards.

NC State scored 35 points against an ACC rival in a win, the highest since 2020 when they faced Wake Forest and put up 45 points.

The first quarter of the game was tied with neither team scoring. However, the Wolfpack had the advantage in terms of stats, gaining 55 total yards compared to the Hookies’ 39. NC State earned five first downs and ran a total of 14 plays, with an average of 8.3 yards per play.

On fourth down, Armstrong and Concepcion teamed up for the game’s initial score as the young player managed to stay in bounds and reach the end zone, earning his seventh touchdown of the season. This gave NC State a 7-0 lead.

The Wolfpack scored another touchdown on their second consecutive drive, with Armstrong leading an eight-play 60-yard drive. Armstrong himself ran for a 1-yard touchdown to finish off the drive.

The Hokies from Virginia Tech quickly retaliated with a 50-yard return on the kickoff, positioning themselves in Wolfpack’s territory. In the first play of their drive, Virginia Tech covered 47 yards and scored a touchdown, narrowing the Wolfpack’s lead to seven points.

With only 18 seconds remaining in the first half, the Wolfpack extended their lead by two touchdowns when Armstrong and Concepcion teamed up for their second score of the game. The 28-yard touchdown pass brought the score to 21-7. This was Concepcion’s third game of the season with two touchdowns.

At the midpoint, NC State had a 228-95 lead in total yards with 14 first downs compared to three. At one stage, the Wolfpack successfully made seven consecutive third downs.

Similar to their previous performance, the Wolfpack aggressively pushed through and scored a second rushing touchdown by Armstrong to reach the endzone after the break.

Despite Virginia Tech scoring, the Wolfpack persevered and managed to score on five consecutive drives. In addition, Concepcion not only caught two passes but also threw one to Trent Pennix for a 17-yard gain, resulting in a score of 35-14.

Virginia Tech made it a one-touchdown game, 35-28, with only 1 minute and 40 seconds remaining. Delbert Mimms, III successfully retrieved the kick, giving the Wolfpack the opportunity to run down the clock.

This marks the fourth occasion that NC State has emerged victorious after playing in Blacksburg.

COMING UP: The Wolfpack will be back at Carter-Finley Stadium on Saturday, November 25th, to face off against their in-state rival, North Carolina. The exact time and broadcast details have not been announced yet.