NC State sends BC to 6th straight loss, 24-8
BOSTON (AP) Jacoby Brissett was hard on himself about a rare interception he threw late in the first quarter. He certainly answered back quickly enough by firing a perfectly thrown ball for a long touchdown a few plays later.
Brissett threw an 83-yard TD pass to Maurice Trowell early in the second quarter and North Carolina State sent Boston College to its sixth straight loss, 24-8 on Saturday.
''That was so stupid,'' he said of just his second pick of the season. ''That was the main thing, bouncing back from that one.''
Brissett has thrown 37 TDs and just seven interceptions since becoming N.C. State's starting QB last season.
''We felt we could make some plays down the field on them,''Brissett said. ''We just had to take those chances.''
Jaylen Samuels had a 5-yard TD run and Reggie Gallaspy II ran 35 for a score for the Wolfpack (6-3, 2-3 Atlantic Coast Conference). The win snapped a six-game losing streak at Alumni Stadium against BC.
Brissett completed 14 of 27 for 212 yards with the one interception.
It was N.C. State's first game after leading rusher Matt Dayes was lost for the season with a foot injury in a 56-41 loss at No. 3 Clemson. The Wolfpack gained 139 yards on the ground against BC's top-ranked rush defense.
''We're bowl eligible and we've got three games to play,'' N.C. State coach Dave Doerer said. ''The goal is to be better than we were a year ago.''
Dayes was 25th in the country, averaging 108.1 yards per game, and led the ACC with 12 rushing TDs.
Walk-on quarterback John Fadule made his first career start for the Eagles (3-7, 0-7). He was 23-for-37 for 257 yards with a TD in the closing 90 seconds. He also had three interceptions, a fumble and was sacked five times.
''I'm glad to see that he responded, made some plays,'' BC coach Steve Addazio said. ''Receivers made some really good catches. I thought those things, that was a window into the future a little bit, and it was probably a bright spot to see.''
The Wolfpack led 14-0 at halftime.
N.C. State jumped ahead 7-0 when Brissett hit a wide-open Trowell in stride down the right sideline for the TD on the Wolfpack's first play of the second quarter.
On their next drive, they marched 84 yards. Samuels' 5-yard TD run made it 14-0.
The Eagles, who entered with one of the nation's worst offenses, moved into N.C. State territory for just four plays in two separate drives during the opening half. A penalty for a chop block ended one threat and Fadule was sacked on the other.
''We've got to keep grinding, keep building,'' Addazio said. ''That's what we're working on right now. We've got a young football team right now out there and we play like a young football team.''
BC, coming in ranked 126th in the nation offensively, collected just six first downs and only gained 129 yards in the first half. The Eagles finished with 285 total yards, averting the shutout when Fadule hit Thadd Smith for a 3-yard TD.
Gallaspy II burst through the middle untouched for his TD, making it 21-0 early in the third quarter.
The Eagles did drive to N.C. State's 22 before failing on a fourth-down try late in the third.
N.C. State had moved to BC's 23 midway into the opening quarter, but opted to skip attempting a field due to kicking difficulties by Kyle Bambard, who was only 3-of-9 this season. Brissett was picked off by Justin Simmons at the 10-yard line on a 4th-and-2 play.
Bambard kicked a 37-yarder with 4 minutes left in the game.
The Wolfpack are at No. 17 Florida State next week. Boston College is off before facing No. 8 Notre Dame at Fenway Park - in a home game for the Fighting Irish - on November 21.