Central Michigan at NC State

Big 2nd quarter helps NC State top Chippewas 48-14

AP Sports Writer

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Shadrach Thornton and Matt Dayes each had long scoring runs during North Carolina State's four-touchdown second quarter, and the Wolfpack routed Central Michigan 48-14 on Saturday.

Thornton finished with 71 yards and his 29-yard scoring run came shortly before Dayes' 42-yard TD for N.C. State - which scored touchdowns on offense, defense and special teams.

D.J. Green returned an interception 37 yards for the first score and Rashard Smith brought a punt back 67 yards for a TD to help N.C. State (3-1) build a 35-0 halftime lead.

Pete Thomas was 14 of 20 for 244 yards with a late 80-yard touchdown pass to Bryan Underwood. He also capped the Wolfpack's big second quarter by running eight yards for a score.

Cooper Rush threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Titus Davis on the first play of the fourth quarter for the Chippewas (1-4), but also was intercepted three times.

Maurice Shoemaker-Gilmore added a 38-yard touchdown run for Central Michigan - the only Mid-American Conference team to beat new Wolfpack coach Dave Doeren during his successful two-year run at Northern Illinois.

But the Chippewas didn't advance further than the N.C. State 21 during the decisive first half. The Wolfpack finished by outrushing Central Michigan 239-94 and holding a 483-259 advantage in total yardage.

Thornton, who was suspended for the season opener following an offseason arrest, wasn't listed on the two-deep roster issued earlier in the week by coach Dave Doeren.

Still, he entered as the Wolfpack's most efficient rusher this season, taking his only carry of the year 21 yards for a touchdown against Clemson last week.

This time, his scoring burst up the middle with 11:08 left in the half started N.C. State's big second quarter and put the Wolfpack up 14-0.

Dayes then capped the Wolfpack's next drive with his long scoring run - and at that point, they outrushed the Chippewas 174-3.

The Wolfpack's other touchdown in the return game came on Central Michigan's first possession after Dayes' touchdown.

Smith fielded Richie Hogan's punt at his own 33 and broke first toward the right sideline, then back across the field for the touchdown.

That gave the Wolfpack TDs in all three phases in the same game for the first time since a victory over Liberty in 2011, according to STATS.

Thomas then scored on a keeper with 3:46 left in the half to cap the Wolfpack's 28-point second quarter and put them up 35-0.

Green got things started for N.C. State with the team's first interception of the season on Central Michigan's second play from scrimmage, leaping to snag Rush's throw and running untouched into the end zone.


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Scoring Summary
NCSTD.J. Green 37 yd interception return (Niklas Sade kick)
NCSTShadrach Thornton 29 yd run (Niklas Sade kick)
NCSTMatt Dayes 42 yd run (Niklas Sade kick)
NCSTRashard Smith 67 yd punt return (Niklas Sade kick)
NCSTPete Thomas 8 yd run (Niklas Sade kick)
NCSTNiklas Sade 46 yd FG
CMICHTitus Davis 13 yd pass from Cooper Rush (Ron Coluzzi kick)
CMICHMaurice Shoemaker-Gilmore 38 yd run (Ron Coluzzi kick)
NCSTBryan Underwood 80 yd pass from Pete Thomas (Niklas Sade kick)
NCSTNiklas Sade 34 yd FG
Team Stats
First Downs1319
Third Down Efficiency2-127-17
Fourth Down Efficiency0-11-2
Plays-Net Yards63-25972-483
Passing Yds165244
Kick Return Yds12451
Punt Return Yds287
Time of Poss.26:1333:47
Individual Stats
CMICH: Maurice Shoemaker-Gilmore 5-63, Anthony Garland 5-27, Saylor Lavallii 14-16, Cooper Rush 2--12
NCST: Shadrach Thornton 13-71, Bryan Underwood 3-42, Rashard Smith 5-41, Matt Dayes 3-37, Bryant Shirreffs 7-29, Pete Thomas 10-18, Milton Hall 4-5, Tony Creecy 4-3, Garrett Leatham 1-2, Josh Taylor 1--4, Team 1--5
CMICH: Cooper Rush 16-37-165-3
NCST: Pete Thomas 14-20-244-1
CMICH: Titus Davis 5-80, Saylor Lavallii 4-20, Deon Butler 3-32, Anthony Rice 1-11, Andrew Flory 1-9, Anthony Garland 1-8, Connor Odykirk 1-5
NCST: Bryan Underwood 5-148, Rashard Smith 3-39, Jumichael Ramos 2-18, Quintin Payton 1-12, Travares Copeland 1-10, Matt Dayes 1-10, Bra'Lon Cherry 1-7
Central Michigan5th Mid American West3-56-7
NC State4th Atlantic Coast Atlantic3-57-6

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