After a 9-4 season in 2018 and crushing East Carolina in the season opener, NC State looks to turn its sights to the other side of the state as they take on Western Carolina in Week 2.
Western Carolina dropped its season opener, 49-27, to Mercer.
The Catamounts actually outgained Mercer, 445-419, despite the loss. The offensive attack was a team effort. Quarterback Tyrie Adams ran 17 times for 34 yards and a touchdown in addition to throwing for 318 yards and two touchdowns with a 66 percent completion rate. D.J. Thorpe led the team in receiving yards but was tied with Daquan Patten and Owen Cosenke with six receptions. Cosenke and Patten each had a touchdown as well.
The Wolfpack looked like they picked up right where they left off last season — Gator Bowl loss aside. NC State held ECU to just 41 total rushing yards and forced two turnovers. On offense, Matthew McKay completed 25of 37 passes for 308 yards and a touchdown but it was on the ground where he was most effective. McKay scored two times on just six rushes. Six other rushers combined for 156 yards on the ground while the trio of Thayer Thomas, Tabari Hines, and Emeka Emezie led the way in the receiving game. The trio combined for 17 receptions, 227 yards and a touchdown.
NC State vs. Western Carolina
Who: NC State Wolfpack vs. Western Carolina Catamounts
What: Week 2
When: Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019, 12:30 p.m. ET
Where: Carter-Finley Stadium, Raleigh, North Carolina
TV Channel: NBC Sports Washington (Tom Werme, James Bates)
Live Stream: NBC Sports Washington, ACCNX
Radio: Wolfpack Sports Network (Gary Hahn, Tony Haynes, Johnny Evans)
Point Spread: N/A
Weather: Sunny, with a high near 89. Calm wind.
NC State 2019 football schedule
Week 1, NC State 34, ECU 6
Week 2, September 7, 12:30 p.m., NBCSN: Western Carolina
Week 3, September 14, noon, FS1: at West Virginia
Week 4, September 21, TBD: Ball State
Week 5, September 28, TBD: at Florida State
Week 6, BYE
Week 7, October 10 (THURS), 8:00 p.m., ESPN: Syracuse Orange
Week 8, October 19, TBD: at Boston College
Week 9, BYE
Week 10, November 2, TBD: at Wake Forest
Week 11, November 9, TBD: Clemson
Week 12, November 16, TBD: Louisville
Week 13, November 21 (THURS), 8:00 p.m., ESPN: at Georgia Tech
Week 14, November 30, TBD: North Carolina