NC State-UCF: Wolfpack Holds on to Early Lead to Win in Exciting Fashion

Allen LoppCorrespondent ISeptember 12, 2010

The N.C. State Wolfpack traveled to Bright House Networks Stadium in Orlando, Florida to take on the Knights of Central Florida.

The Wolfpack would score three unanswered touchdowns before Central Florida would get on the board.

N.C. State would hold the Central Florida offense scoreless in the first half. The only blip was the 93-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Quincy McDuffie.

N.C. State would not score offensively for the entire game. The only time they scored in the second half was on an interception returned for a touchdown by C.J. Wilson.

Central Florida would attempt a fourth quarter comeback by scoring twice, but their attempt would falter when the Central Florida receiver fumbled the ball, which was recovered by Terrell Manning on the Wolfpack 10-yard line.

The final score of the game would be 28-21 N.C. State Wolfpack prevailing after surviving the comeback attempt by UCF.

Dean Haynes and Mustafa Greene both had good nights. They would combine for a total of 99 yards on 24 carries.

Russell Wilson's night was quite mediocre compared to some of his other games. Wilson only completed 10 of his 30 attempted passes for 105 yards and one touchdown.

Darrell Davis and George Bryan were the top pass catchers, with Davis catching two passes for 38 yards and one touchdown, while Bryan had three catches for 35 yards.

The defense looked very good in the first half against the Knights and their starting quarterback Rob Calabrese.

Calabrese threw two interceptions against the Wolfpack defense and was pulled in the third quarter in favor of backup Jeffrey Godfrey.

Godfrey had much better success, throwing for 107 yards and also rushing for 53 yards on 10 carries and two touchdowns.

The Wolfpack defense did poorly in the fourth quarter but overall did a decent job. They had a total of three interceptions on the day with two sacks.

The top performer on defense was junior linebacker Audie Cole, who had 12 tackles and one sack. Brandon Bishop was also busy in the secondary with six tackles.

Overall this was a nice warm-up game for the Wolfpack, who will face a big challenge at Carter-Finley Stadium this Thursday against the Cincinnati Bearcats.