Slow Start Costs Deacs in Loss at NC State
Oct. 1, 2016

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Wake Forest spotted NC State 17 first-quarter points, and that margin proved to be the difference in a 33-16 loss at Carter-Finley Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The Demon Deacons (4-1, 1-1 ACC) cut the Wolfpack (3-1, 1-0 ACC) lead to 10 by the end of the third quarter, but were never able to get back within single digits.

Tabari Hines led the offensive attack with career-highs of nine catches and 125 receiving yards, also hauling in his first touchdown of the season. John Wolford went 25-of-41 for 263 yard and a touchdown in the turnover-free game.

Kicker Mike Weaver matched his career-high with three field goals. All three came in the second quarter, from 34 yards, 29 yards and 41 yards.

NC State totaled 527 yards of offense (200 rushing, 327 passing) compared to 352 for the Deacs (69 rushing, 283 passing. Ryan Finley completed 23-of-36 passes for 300 yards and a trio of touchdowns, while Matthew Dayes carried 24 times for 125 yards and a score.

The Wolfpack racked up 214 first-quarter yards en route to three drives of at least eight plays and 50 yards for 17 points. After Weaver's first field-goal, NCSU extended its lead to 23-3 early in the second quarter.

Weaver hit two more field goals to make it a two-score game at half, but the Wolfpack connected on a 48-yard field goal in the third quarter to extend the lead back to 17.

Wolford found Hines for a 9-yard touchdown late in the third to cap off the scoring for the Deacs.

Jessie Bates III racked up a career-high 15 tackles - 10 solo - to lead the defensive effort. Duke Ejiofor had a sack to bring his total to 5.5 through five contests.

Cortez Lewis (six catches) and Cam Serigne (five catches) each collected 52 receiving yards in the game.

• The Wolfpack was penalized 13 times for 144 yards, compared to just three penalties for 38 yards for the Deacs.
• NC State's 144 penalty yards are the third-most all-time for a Wake Forest opponent, 19 yards behind Virginia Tech's 1983 total of 163 yards.

Cam Serigne made a season-high five snags, as he has now recorded a catch in all 29 games of his career.
Chuck Wade hauled in three passes to push his streak to 13 straight games with a catch.

• Wake Forest falls to 5-21 all-time at Carter-Finley Stadium.
• NC State has claimed five straight meeings in Raleigh dating back to 2006, as well as 15 of the last 16.
• The team to score first has now won seven straight games in the series.

• Wake Forest returns home on Oct. 8, playing host to Syracuse at 7 p.m. on RSN. It is also Wake Forest's Family Weekend.



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