Wade Allen, a contributor for WRAL, wrote this.
|NC State Wolfpack
The Demon Deacons of Wake Forest University.
NC State defeats Wake Forest with a score of 26-6.
Brennan Armstrong, the quarterback for NC State, had a completion rate of 12 out of 17 passes for a total of 111 yards and one touchdown. He was also the top rusher of the game with 96 yards gained on 15 carries, resulting in another score.
Following an injury to Mitch Griffis early in the first quarter, Michael Kern took over as quarterback and completed 14 out of 16 passes for 147 yards, scoring one touchdown and throwing one interception.
The Wolfpack surpassed the Demon Deacons in offensive yards, with 379 to 163.
The Demon Deacons successfully complete a fourth down and one play with a 19-yard touchdown throw from Michael Kern to Hilton “Deuce” Alexander II. However, on the 2-point conversion, Kern’s pass is intercepted by Jaylon Scott at the goal line. Scott then runs the ball back 100 yards, resulting in a two-point swing in favor of NC State. As a result, NC State is now leading 26-6.
Brayden Narveson successfully kicks a 45-yard field goal on his third try, increasing the Wolfpack’s lead by 3 points. The score is now 24-0, with NC State in the lead.
The Wolfpack’s Sean Brown intercepted a pass from Wake Forest quarterback Miachael Kern and returned it 33 yards to the Demon Deacon’s 34-yard line.
The Wolfpack was unable to advance after completing 8 plays for a total of 32 yards. Brayden Narveson missed his second field goal attempt of the game from 38 yards out. The score remains at 21-0 for the Wolfpack.
Robert Kennedy from NC State successfully took the ball away from Ke’Shawn Williams of Wake Forest, which was then retrieved by Shyheim Battle. As a result, the Wolfpack will begin their next offensive possession from their own 48-yard line.
NC State attempted a 54-yard field goal with kicker Brayden Narveson after driving 39 yards in 12 plays. Unfortunately, the attempt was missed wide left and the score remains 21-0. Wake Forest will now start their possession on their own 36-yard line.
NC State will get the kickoff to start the second half.
At halftime, NC State is ahead of Wake Forest with a score of 21-0.
Brennan Armstrong, the quarterback for the Wolfpack, completed 6 out of 8 passes for a total of 48 yards and scored one touchdown. He also has the highest rushing yards in the game at 86, with one score.
The quarterbacks at Wake Forest have collectively thrown for 48 yards, completing 6 out of 14 attempts.
The NC State defense has limited the Demon Deacons to only 45 total yards on offense, sacking the quarterback three times and restricting them to -3 rushing yards.
Wake Forest gained possession after Kendrick Raphael fumbled. They proceeded to advance 15 yards in 8 plays, leading to a 39-yard field goal attempt by Matthew Dennis. However, the kick was not successful as it went wide right, leaving the score at 21-0.
Delbert Mimms III, a running back for NC State, successfully scored a touchdown by pushing through the defense from the 1-yard line. This completed a 5-play, 58-yard drive. After the point after, the Wolfpack’s lead increased to 21 points.
At the start of the fourth down, with only one yard to go, quarterback Brennan Armstrong pushed through the right side of the line and scored a touchdown. The drive, which lasted 12 plays and covered 65 yards, took over seven minutes and ended with a successful extra point by Brayden Narveson, increasing the Wolfpack’s lead to 14-0.
The Demon Deacons’ third three-and-out was caused by penalties and sacks. NC State’s upcoming drive will begin on their own 35-yard line.
After two plays, Quarterback Brennan Armstrong threw a pass to Julian Gray in the end zone for a 20-yard touchdown for the Wolfpack. Kicker Brayden Narveson successfully kicked the PAT, bringing the score to 7-0.
After a quick offensive series by Wake Forest, NC State countered with a double-reverse in their initial offensive play. The ball was passed to Kevin “KC” Concepcion, who gained 65 yards and reached the Wake Forest 19-yard line.
NC State has won the coin toss and has chosen to delay their decision until the second half. Wake Forest will be the first to receive the kickoff.
NC State’s Wolfpack aims to continue their winning streak by facing Wake Forest on Saturday, November 11th at 2 p.m. The team will be away for the Big-4 Battle and has not been able to win in Winston-Salem since 2015.
NC State’s upcoming game will mark their first without Quarterback MJ Morris, who has chosen to redshirt this year. Virginia transfer Brennan Armstrong is anticipated to resume his role as the starting quarterback, having already played in 8 games this season. So far, he has completed 94 out of 160 passes for a total of 971 yards and five touchdowns. However, he has also thrown six interceptions. Armstrong stands as the team’s top rusher with 337 yards and three touchdowns on 81 attempts.
The recent game occurred shortly after linebacker Payton Wilson was selected as a Butkus Award semifinalist for the 2023 season. Wilson, who hails from Hillsborough, N.C., currently holds the top spot in the ACC and is ranked fifth in the nation with an average of 11.7 tackles per game.
According to head coach Dave Doeren, he is currently the top defensive player in college football. Doeren also expressed uncertainty about whether any other team has a player with such a significant impact during a game.
The two teams have a lengthy past that dates back to 1895, with NC State currently leading with a record of 68 wins, 42 losses, and 6 ties. The game will be available to watch on The CW.