GAMEDAY College Football

North Carolina State 45, South Florida 0

By AARON BEARD
AP Sports Writer

RALEIGH, N.C. - Ricky Person Jr. scored three first-half touchdowns and was one of two North Carolina State players to run for more than 100 yards in the Wolfpack's 45-0 season-opening win against South Florida.

It marked the Wolfpack's first season-opening shutout victory in 17 years.

Person had a 33-yard TD catch from Devin Leary on a perfectly executed wheel route on the Wolfpack's first drive, then scored a pair of 11-yard runs in the second quarter for a 24-0 halftime lead.

It marked the second straight year that Person opened the season with a multi-TD game, and he went on to finish with 105 of his 148 total yards on the ground.

Fellow back Zonovan Knight ran for 163 yards and a 46-yard touchdown, part of a 293-yard rushing day in a dominating performance by N.C. State to start coach Dave Doeren's ninth season in Raleigh.

The Wolfpack also had a solid return from Devin Leary, who was playing for the first time since going down with a broken leg last October. Leary completed 17 of 26 passes for 232 yards and two scores, with his main mistake being an underthrown ball for an interception that could've been a touchdown.

N.C. State had little else go wrong, from the offense rolling right along to the defense making everything difficult for USF and picking off three passes.

That had second-year coach Jeff Scott pulling starter Cade Fortin - a transfer from Wolfpack rival North Carolina - for Timmy McClain before halftime in search of a spark. It didn't work, with McClain throwing a pair of deep-in-Wolfpack-territory interceptions before Fortin returned early in the third quarter.

By the end, USF had managed most of its 271 yards after the outcome was long decided, with Fortin completing 7 of 20 passes for 41 yards and a fourth-quarter interception.

NC State athletics press release


Scoring Summary
First Quarter USFNCSU
NCSU TD 9:36 Ricky Person Jr. 33 yard TD pass from Devin Leary (Christopher Dunn Extra Point) 0 7
NCSU FG 2:14 Christopher Dunn 34 yard field goal 0 10
Second Quarter USFNCSU
NCSU TD 12:39 Ricky Person Jr. 11 yard TD run (Christopher Dunn Extra Point) 0 17
NCSU TD 0:48 Ricky Person Jr. 11 yard TD run (Christopher Dunn Extra Point) 0 24
Third Quarter USFNCSU
NCSU TD 9:30 Zonovan Knight 46 yard TD run (Christopher Dunn Extra Point) 0 31
NCSU TD 2:53 Christopher Toudle 7 yard TD pass from Devin Leary (Christopher Dunn Extra Point) 0 38
Fourth Quarter USFNCSU
NCSU TD 8:14 Jordan Houston 1 yard TD run (Christopher Dunn Extra Point) 0 45
Team Stats
  South Florida North Carolina State
First downs 15 27
  Rushing 7 11
  Passing 6 12
  Penalty 2 4
3rd Down Efficiency 3-16, 19% 8-13, 62%
4th down efficiency 0-1, 0% 1-1, 100%
Rushes-Yards 32-106 40-293
Passing Yards 166 232
Return Yards 92 53
Completions-Attempts-Int 14-33-3 19-28-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 0-0 1-7
Punts 8 3
Fumbles Lost 2-0 0-0
Penalties - Yards 6-70 3-25
South Florida Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
T. McClain 8 14 136 0 2
C. Fortin 6 19 30 0 1
North Carolina State Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
D. Leary 19 28 232 2 1
South Florida Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
J. Mangham 5 26 5.2 0
C. Fortin 5 24 4.8 0
D. Felix 8 21 2.6 0
K. Joiner 3 20 6.7 0
T. McClain 4 16 4.0 0
B. Battie 5 8 1.6 0
O. Dollison 1 -4 -4.0 0
J. Horn Jr. 1 -5 -5.0 0
North Carolina State Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
Z. Knight 16 163 10.2 1
R. Person Jr. 16 105 6.6 2
J. Houston 5 15 3.0 1
D. Mimms III 1 9 9.0 0
D. Leary 2 1 0.5 0
South Florida Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
X. Weaver 2 73 36.5 0
M. Brinkman 2 35 17.5 0
B. Battie 1 20 20.0 0
B. Miller 2 18 9.0 0
D. Felix 2 13 6.5 0
O. Dollison 1 10 10.0 0
K. Joiner 1 2 2.0 0
J. Mangham 1 1 1.0 0
L. Williams 2 -6 -3.0 0
North Carolina State Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
E. Emezie 5 71 14.2 0
D. Carter 1 51 51.0 0
R. Person Jr. 4 43 10.8 1
C. Toudle 2 22 11.0 1
Z. Knight 3 16 5.3 0
C. Riley 1 12 12.0 0
J. Gray 1 10 10.0 0
T. Pennix 1 4 4.0 0
T. Thomas 1 3 3.0 0
South Florida Interceptions
Player Int Yards
M. Hill 1 27
North Carolina State Interceptions
Player Int Yards
C. Fagan 1 16
T. Ingle 1 1
D. Thomas 1 0
South Florida Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
A. Stokes 8 360 45.0
North Carolina State Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
T. Gill 2 90 45.0
B. Finley 1 38 38.0
South Florida Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
North Carolina State Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
T. Thomas 2 11 5.5
South Florida Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
L. Williams 1 3 3.0
J. Horn Jr. 1 14 14.0
B. Battie 1 32 32.0
North Carolina State Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Z. Knight 1 25 25.0
South Florida Missed FG
Player Length
North Carolina State Missed FG
Player Length




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