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NC State beats Vanderbilt 41-17 in Independence Bowl

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) North Carolina State quarterback Ryan Finley has a simple philosophy when it comes to getting do-everything threat Jaylen Samuels involved with the offense.

''Just give him the ball in as many ways as possible,'' Finley said.

The method of choice on Monday was by air, and Finley found Samuels for three touchdowns passes in North Carolina State's 41-17 win over Vanderbilt in the Independence Bowl.

North Carolina State (7-6) won three of its final four games to finish with a winning record. The Wolfpack built a 28-3 lead by midway through the third quarter - largely thanks to Samuels' touchdown catches of 9, 55 and 17 yards - and then held off a brief Vanderbilt rally.

Samuels was named the game's Most Valuable Player on offense and his three touchdown catches were an Independence Bowl record. Finley, who completed 19 of 30 passes for 235 yards, hit Samuels six times for 104 yards.

North Carolina State coach Dave Doeren said Samuels' big night wasn't necessarily planned, but when Vanderbilt loaded the defense to stop the run, he was the man who was open. The 5-foot-11, 223-pound junior often has had an unorthodox role on the offense and is listed as a tight end and fullback.

''We were just taking what they were giving us,'' Doeren said. ''And then our receivers did a great job of blocking for him.''

Vanderbilt (6-7) had a lot of momentum going into the game thanks to surprising wins over Mississippi and Tennessee to end the regular season. But the Commodores' offense - which scored a combined 83 points against the Rebels and Volunteers - struggled for most of the night.

''We looked a little rusty,'' coach Derek Mason said. ''All the way around - special teams, offense and defense. We just didn't look like the Vanderbilt team that came out of the regular season.''

Vanderbilt's Kyle Shurmur completed just 19 of 46 passes for 158 yards and three interceptions.

''There's a fine line between being aggressive and careless,'' Shurmur said. ''And I crossed it a few times.''

Even so, the Commodores briefly made things interesting, closing to 28-17 early in the fourth quarter. But that's when NC State's Nyheim Hines responded with a 100-yard touchdown on a kickoff return to put the game out of reach.

THE TAKEAWAY

Vanderbilt: The Commodores' offense took a step backward after some late-season improvement. Veteran running back Ralph Webb had another nice game with 111 yards rushing and a touchdown, but Shurmur's struggles throwing the ball were too much to overcome.

NC State: The Wolfpack end a frustrating season with an impressive win. They were fantastic on defense for most of the night and the Finley-to-Samuels connection couldn't be stopped by Vanderbilt.

WEBB BREAKS RECORD, SAYS HE'S COMING BACK

Webb's 111 yards rushing gave him a school-record 1,283 yards for the season. The junior, who already is Vanderbilt's career rushing leader, said during the postgame press conference that he plans to return for his senior season.

DEFENSIVE MVP

North Carolina State's Airius Moore was named the game's defensive MVP after leading the Wolfpack with nine tackles, including two sacks.

UP NEXT

Vanderbilt: The Commodores took a major step forward this season by making a bowl game in Mason's third season. Vanderbilt will have a few holes to fill, but should return several key players in 2017.

NC State: The Wolfpack are still struggling to push into the upper tier of the Atlantic Coast Conference. NC State finishes with another winning season under Doeren, but the program feels a little stuck at the moment.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Touchdown 0:03
14-K.Shurmur incomplete. INTERCEPTED by 6-N.Clark at VAN 32. 6-N.Clark runs 32 yards for a touchdown.
1
plays
32
yds
0:00
pos
41
17
Point After TD 10:21
33-C.Haskins extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
35
17
Touchdown 10:21
17-T.Openshaw kicks 65 yards from VAN 35. 7-N.Hines runs 100 yards for a touchdown.
1
plays
63
yds
00:16
pos
34
17
Point After TD 10:37
17-T.Openshaw extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
28
17
Touchdown 10:37
23-K.Blasingame runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
3
plays
4
yds
01:26
pos
28
16
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:58
17-T.Openshaw extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
28
10
Touchdown 0:58
7-R.Webb runs 30 yards for a touchdown.
12
plays
80
yds
04:30
pos
28
9
Point After TD 5:34
33-C.Haskins extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
28
3
Touchdown 5:34
15-R.Finley complete to 1-J.Samuels. 1-J.Samuels runs 17 yards for a touchdown.
9
plays
58
yds
02:28
pos
27
3
Point After TD 11:50
33-C.Haskins extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
21
3
Touchdown 11:50
4-R.Gallaspy runs 5 yards for a touchdown.
4
plays
18
yds
01:52
pos
20
3
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 1:24
33-C.Haskins extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
3
Touchdown 1:24
15-R.Finley complete to 1-J.Samuels. 1-J.Samuels runs 55 yards for a touchdown.
4
plays
81
yds
00:50
pos
13
3
Point After TD 9:08
33-C.Haskins extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
3
Touchdown 9:08
15-R.Finley complete to 1-J.Samuels. 1-J.Samuels runs 9 yards for a touchdown.
7
plays
41
yds
03:30
pos
6
3
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 6:12
17-T.Openshaw 52 yards Field Goal is Good.
9
plays
20
yds
04:06
pos
0
3
Team Stats
1st Downs 21 18
Rushing 5 7
Passing 14 11
Penalty 2 0
3rd Down Conv 8-15 6-18
4th Down Conv 0-2 2-4
Total Net Yards 376 345
Total Plays 67 81
Avg Gain 5.6 4.3
Net Yards Rushing 141 156
Rush Attempts 36 35
Avg Rush Yards 3.9 4.5
Net Yards Passing 235 189
Comp. - Att. 19-31 19-46
Yards Per Pass 7.6 4.1
Sacked - Yards Lost 0-0 5-31
Penalties - Yards 1-5 4-40
Touchdowns 6 2
Rushing TDs 1 2
Passing TDs 3 0
Other 2 0
Turnovers 1 3
Fumbles - Lost 1-1 1-0
Int. Thrown 0 3
Punts - Avg 5-37.8 4-48.3
Return Yards 223 153
Punts - Returns 2-48 1-71
Kickoffs - Returns 2-118 4-82
Int. - Returns 3-57 0-0
Kicking 5/5 3/4
Extra Points 5/5 2/2
Field Goals 0/0 1/2
Safeties 0 0
1234T
NC State 7-6 014141341
Vanderbilt 6-7 307717
235 PASS YDS 189
141 RUSH YDS 156
376 TOTAL YDS 345
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
R. Finley 15 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
63.3% 235 3 0 162.1
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
60.4% 3059 18 8 135.2
R. Finley 19/30 235 3 0
J. McClendon 2 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
0% 0 0 0 0.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
51.6% 176 1 4 84.1
J. McClendon 0/1 0 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
M. Dayes 21 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
9 47 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
258 1213 10
M. Dayes 9 47 0 16
R. Gallaspy II 4 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
11 26 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
49 234 2
R. Gallaspy II 11 26 1 8
R. Finley 15 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 24 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
73 93 1
R. Finley 4 24 0 10
D. Nichols 27 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 15 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
21 113 1
D. Nichols 2 15 0 8
J. McClendon 2 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 10 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
39 155 2
J. McClendon 4 10 0 4
J. Samuels 1 TE
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 9 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
35 198 6
J. Samuels 2 9 0 6
N. Hines 7 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 4 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
14 48 0
N. Hines 1 4 0 4
S. Louis 12 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 3 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 6 0
S. Louis 1 3 0 3
B. Bodine 33 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 3 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
5 17 0
B. Bodine 2 3 0 2
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
J. Samuels 1 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
6 104 3
SEASON REC YDS TD
61 669 10
J. Samuels 6 104 3 55
N. Hines 7 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
6 69 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
49 594 0
N. Hines 6 69 0 16
B. Cherry 13 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 24 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
30 434 3
B. Cherry 1 24 0 24
S. Louis 12 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 21 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
37 699 2
S. Louis 2 21 0 14
M. Dayes 21 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 13 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
33 284 0
M. Dayes 1 13 0 13
K. Harmon 3 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 4 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
28 466 5
K. Harmon 1 4 0 4
R. Gallaspy II 4 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 9 0
R. Gallaspy II 2 0 0 3
Defense T-A SACK INT
A. Moore 58 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
9-0 0 2.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-0 0 2.0
A. Moore 9-0 2.0 0
N. McCloud 21 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 0.0
N. McCloud 7-0 0.0 0
Dr. Wright 8 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
Dr. Wright 5-0 0.0 0
Ju. Jones 27 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 1.0
Ju. Jones 5-0 1.0 0
N. Clark 6 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 1 0.0
N. Clark 4-0 0.0 1
De. Wright 14 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
De. Wright 3-0 0.0 0
J. Fernandez 4 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-2 1 0.0
J. Fernandez 3-2 0.0 0
B. Hill 98 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
B. Hill 3-1 0.0 0
B. Chubb 9 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 1.0
B. Chubb 2-1 1.0 0
R. Nicholson 32 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
R. Nicholson 2-0 0.0 0
Jo. Jones 11 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 4 0.0
Jo. Jones 2-0 0.0 1
T. Meadows 20 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 2 0.0
T. Meadows 2-0 0.0 1
M. Nelson 94 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
M. Nelson 1-0 0.0 0
S. Boone 24 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
S. Boone 1-1 0.0 0
D. Roseboro 45 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
D. Roseboro 1-0 0.0 0
J. Tocho 29 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 2 0.0
J. Tocho 1-0 0.0 0
K. Street 35 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 1.0
K. Street 1-1 1.0 0
T. Riley 95 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
T. Riley 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
C. Haskins 33 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/0 5/5
SEASON FG XP
4/7 22/22
C. Haskins 0/0 0 5/5 5
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
A. Cole III 90 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
5 37.8 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
51 41.3 2
A. Cole III 5 37.8 2 44
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
N. Hines 7 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 59.0 100 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
34 26.5 100 1
N. Hines 2 59.0 100 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
B. Cherry 13 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 24.0 35 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
14 7.6 35 0
B. Cherry 2 24.0 35 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
K. Shurmur 14 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
41.3% 158 0 3 57.1
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
54.4% 2409 9 10 110.9
K. Shurmur 19/46 158 0 3
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
R. Webb 7 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
21 111 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
271 1394 14
R. Webb 21 111 1 30
T. Sherfield 10 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 45 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
8 142 1
T. Sherfield 1 45 0 45
D. Sims 6 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 7 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
44 278 1
D. Sims 3 7 0 5
K. Lipscomb 16 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 4 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
3 5 0
K. Lipscomb 1 4 0 4
K. Blasingame 23 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 2 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
99 451 11
K. Blasingame 2 2 1 1
K. Shurmur 14 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 -13 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
50 -129 0
K. Shurmur 7 -13 0 9
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
C. Scott 9 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 49 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
28 515 0
C. Scott 4 49 0 25
C. Duncan 19 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
6 47 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
50 541 0
C. Duncan 6 47 0 15
T. Sherfield 10 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 24 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
37 496 1
T. Sherfield 3 24 0 10
R. Webb 7 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 13 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
23 179 0
R. Webb 2 13 0 14
K. Lipscomb 16 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 13 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
27 319 2
K. Lipscomb 2 13 0 8
L. Rayford 86 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 10 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 36 0
L. Rayford 1 10 0 10
S. Dobbs 84 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 2 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
7 75 1
S. Dobbs 1 2 0 2
J. Pinkney 80 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
22 274 2
J. Pinkney 0 0 0 0
J. Thomas 40 LB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
J. Thomas 0 0 0 0
N. Marcus 83 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
11 73 1
N. Marcus 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
A. Tarpley 2 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
9-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-3 0 0.0
A. Tarpley 9-3 0.0 0
A. Butler 69 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
A. Butler 6-1 0.0 0
Z. Cunningham 41 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
Z. Cunningham 5-1 0.0 0
R. White 14 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
R. White 4-1 0.0 0
J. Thomas 40 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
J. Thomas 4-2 0.0 0
T. Herndon 31 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 2 0.0
T. Herndon 4-0 0.0 0
J. Williams 8 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
J. Williams 3-1 0.0 0
O. Burks 20 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 1 0.0
O. Burks 3-0 0.0 0
J. Wynn 49 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
J. Wynn 2-1 0.0 0
J. Griffin 43 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
J. Griffin 2-0 0.0 0
D. Odeyingbo 34 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
D. Odeyingbo 2-0 0.0 0
N. Lealao 77 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
N. Lealao 1-0 0.0 0
L. Wiley 13 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
L. Wiley 1-0 0.0 0
T. Ferguson 3 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 0.0
T. Ferguson 1-0 0.0 0
C. Wright 11 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
C. Wright 1-0 0.0 0
T. McGaster 5 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 0.0
T. McGaster 1-0 0.0 0
D. Tennyson 4 WR
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
D. Tennyson 1-0 0.0 0
L. Stokes 99 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-3 0 0.0
L. Stokes 0-3 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
T. Openshaw 17 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/2 2/2
SEASON FG XP
16/20 38/38
T. Openshaw 1/2 52 2/2 5
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
S. Loy 19 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 48.3 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
68 41.6 1
S. Loy 4 48.3 1 64
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
D. Sims 6 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
4 20.5 29 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
31 26.2 29 0
D. Sims 4 20.5 29 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
K. Lipscomb 16 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 71.0 71 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
10 14.9 71 0
K. Lipscomb 1 71.0 71 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 NCST 25 1:56 7 37
12:03 NCST 44 1:38 5 22 Punt
6:06 NCST 25 5:28 12 74
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:38 VANDY 41 3:30 7 41 TD
5:34 NCST 20 2:18 3 9 Punt
2:14 NCST 19 0:50 4 81 TD
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:42 VANDY 18 1:52 4 18 TD
8:02 NCST 42 2:28 9 58 TD
0:53 NCST 22 0:38 2 15
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 NCST 37 1:07 4 17 Punt
12:42 NCST 31 0:14 3 0 Punt
10:37 VANDY 35 0:16 1 63 TD
8:32 NCST 40 3:32 5 11 Punt
3:13 VANDY 13 2:16 4 6
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:58 VANDY 18 0:46 3 0 Punt
10:18 VANDY 20 4:06 9 46 FG
0:21 VANDY 4 0:00 1 3
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 VANDY 7 2:15 4 12 INT
9:02 VANDY 29 3:23 7 -9 FG Miss
3:09 VANDY 36 0:45 5 16 Punt
1:17 VANDY 14 0:52 7 37
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 VANDY 25 1:08 2 8 INT
11:50 VANDY 35 3:34 7 9 Punt
5:28 VANDY 25 4:30 12 75 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:44 VANDY 12 0:51 3 -7 Punt
12:03 NCST 4 1:26 3 4 TD
10:16 VANDY 28 1:38 7 32
4:53 VANDY 7 1:36 9 18
0:50 VANDY 7 0:47 4 20 INT