Georgia Southern at NC State

NC State edges Georgia Southern 24-23


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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Jacoby Brissett threw for 291 yards and three second-half touchdowns to help North Carolina State beat Georgia Southern 24-23 on Saturday in the season opener for both teams.

Brissett connected with Matt Dayes on a 35-yard touchdown pass down the right sideline for the go-ahead score with 1:37 left.

Georgia Southern had one last chance, but Kevin Ellison's fourth-down pass from his own 28 fell incomplete with 1:02 left.

Bra'Lon Cherry caught two touchdown passes for N.C. State, which trailed 17-3 at halftime and 20-10 in the fourth quarter.

Ellison passed for 184 yards and rushed for 116 more to lead the Eagles. Matt Breida had a 61-yard touchdown run for Georgia Southern.

It was the first game as a member of the Football Bowl Subdivision for the Eagles, who won six national championships in the Football Championship Subdivision before joining the Sun Belt Conference.

N.C. State, which lost its final eight games of the 2013 season, was in big trouble for much of the game.

Ahead 20-10, the Eagles stopped N.C. State's Shadrach Thornton for no gain on fourth and 1 from the Georgia Southern 9 on the first play of the fourth quarter. They took the ball and were driving when N.C. State came up with a momentum-changing turnover.

On second and goal from the 1, Ellison never got the ball on the center-quarterback exchange. N.C. State's Monty Nelson recovered the fumble.

The Wolfpack marched 99 yards on 12 plays, with Brissett finding Cherry for a 13-yard touchdown to cut Georgia Southern's lead to 20-17 with 6:55 remaining.

The Eagles moved back down the field thanks to a 52-yard run by Ellison, but they settled for a 31-yard field goal by Alex Hanks to take a 23-17 lead with 3:35 to play.

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Scoring Summary
GASMatt Breida 61 yd run (Alex Hanks kick)
NCSTNiklas Sade 41 yd FG
GASAlex Hanks 32 yd FG
GASKentrellis Showers 29 yd pass from Kevin Ellison (Alex Hanks kick)
NCSTBra'Lon Cherry 6 yd pass from Jacoby Brissett (Niklas Sade kick)
GASAlex Hanks 19 yd FG
NCSTBra'Lon Cherry 11 yd pass from Jacoby Brissett (Niklas Sade kick)
GASAlex Hanks 31 yd FG
NCSTMatt Dayes 35 yd pass from Jacoby Brissett (Niklas Sade kick)
 
Team Stats
 GASNCST
First Downs1826
Third Down Efficiency6-147-15
Fourth Down Efficiency0-10-1
Plays-Net Yards64-43875-464
Rushes-Yds47-24635-173
Passing Yds192291
Kick Return Yds410
Punt Return Yds1233
Passes10-17-028-40-1
Punts4-2033-149
Fumbles-Lost4-11-0
Penalties-Yds3-354-20
Time of Poss.32:2727:33
 
Individual Stats
RUSHING
GAS: Kevin Ellison 20-116, Matt Breida 10-87, Alfred Ramsby 15-36, Favian Upshaw 1-8, Devin Scott 1--1
NCST: Shadrach Thornton 10-73, Matt Dayes 6-34, Tony Creecy 8-31, Jacoby Brissett 6-28, Jaylen Samuels 1-8, Bra'Lon Cherry 1-3, Team 3--4
PASSING
GAS: Kevin Ellison 9-16-184-0, Favian Upshaw 1-1-8-0
NCST: Jacoby Brissett 28-40-291-1
RECEIVING
GAS: Zach Walker 5-84, Kentrellis Showers 2-59, BJ Johnson 2-12, Montay Crockett 1-37
NCST: Bo Hines 9-85, Matt Dayes 6-70, Marquez Valdes-Scantling 3-25, Bra'Lon Cherry 3-19, David J. Grinnage 2-24, Johnathan Alston 2-7, Jaylen Samuels 1-42, Tyler Purvis 1-10, Stephen Louis 1-9
 
Standings
TeamStandingsConferenceOverall
Georgia Southern1st Sun Belt 0-00-0
NC State1st Atlantic Coast Atlantic0-00-0

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