NC State breaks record af­ter record in blowout of ECU

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - College Football - BY LUKE DECOCK lde­[email protected]­sob­server.com

N.C. State had more trou­ble keep­ing its record book up­dated than it did with East Carolina on Satur­day, pad­ding stats and scor­ing nearly at will – even se­nior cen­ter Gar­rett Brad­bury scored on a fourthquar­ter touch­down plunge – to close out the reg­u­lar season with a 58-3 win.

School records were fall­ing al­most too fast to keep up. When Reg­gie Gal­laspy broke the 1,000yard mark on his fi­nal carry of the game, an 86-yard run he nearly broke for a touch­down but was pulled down amere 11 yards short, N.C. State coach Dave Do­eren called time­out to pro­long the “Reg­gie” chants.

Gal­laspy also set the sin­gle-season school record for touch­downs and tied the sin­gle-season mark for rush­ing touch­downs. Jakobi Mey­ers broke Torry Holt’s sin­gle-season record for re­cep­tions and gave the Wolf­pack two 1,000-yard re­ceivers for the first time. Christo­pher Dunn kicked three field goals to set that sin­gle-season record with 21. And the Wolf­pack (9-3) beat the Pi­rates (3-9) for the first time since 2008.

“I think that’s how it’s sup­posed to look,” Brad­bury said. “A lot of guys had a lot of season and ca­reer mile­stones to­day. It was awe­some to see.”

Ryan Fin­ley went over the 400-yard mark for the third time in his ca­reer and Do­eren picked up his first win over the Pi­rates in three tries, a com­pre­hen­sive vic­tory that saw the Wolf­pack score on its first four drives to take an early 24-0 lead in the first-ever De­cem­ber game at CarterFin­ley Sta­dium.

Gal­laspy scored two rush­ing touch­downs – his ninth and 10th in a three­game span – to bring him to 19 on the season, break­ing T.A. McLen­don’s sin­gle­sea­son scor­ing record set in 2002 and ty­ing his rush­ing TD record. He fin­ished with 220 yards on 24 car­ries, giv­ing N.C. State a 1,000yard rusher for the third straight season (Matt Dayes, Ny­heim HInes).

“That was a very spe­cial mo­ment,” Gal­laspy said. “There have been a lot of highs and lows for me, through­out this season and my whole ca­reer.”

Mey­ers’ 163 re­ceiv­ing yards on 13 catches moved him to 1,028 yards for the season, join­ing Kelvin Har­mon in quadru­ple dig­its and break­ing Holt’s record with 89 catches.

Fin­ley, mean­while, was 32-for-49 for 409 yard and three touch­downs, ty­ing Jamie Bar­nette for fourth in ca­reer pass­ing touch­downs with 59. Dunn’s three field goals gave him 21 on the year, break­ing the record held by Josh Cza­jkowski and Marc Pri­manti.

It all made for a pro­duc­tive and his­toric coda to the season for the Wolf­pack, tacked onto the sched­ule to re­place Septem­ber games can­celed be­cause of Hur­ri­cane Florence – West Vir­ginia for N.C. State and Vir­ginia Tech for East Carolina – and a sec­ond chance at se­nior day af­ter the Thurs­day night loss to Wake For­est.

“We were scor­ing touch­downs and break­ing records with a ton of play­ers and it was an ab­so­lute blast,” Do­eren said.

Th­ese were dif­fi­cult cir­cum­stances for East Carolina, which fired thirdyear head coach Scot­tie Mont­gomery on Thurs­day. De­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor David Black­well, a for­mer East Carolina player un­der Bill Lewis, served as in­terim coach.

Al­ready play­ing with­out fresh­man quar­ter­back Holton Ah­lers (knee), the Pi­rates lost backup Reid Her­ring in the third quar­ter and were down to their fourth-string quar­ter­back at one point, fresh­man Caiden Nor­man of Clay­ton. The Pi­rates man­aged only 104 yards of of­fense and made a 46-yard field goal on the game’s fi­nal play to avoid be­ing shut out for the first time since 1997.

One other bright spot for the Pi­rates in an oth­er­wise dis­mal day: Knight­dale’s Nate Har­vey tied the AAC sin­gle-season record for sacks (14.5) with a sec­ondquar­ter sack of Fin­ley to force N.C. State’s first punt of the day.

N.C. State was with­out three start­ing of­fen­sive line­man at one point, with right tackle JustinWitt sus­pended for the first half for his role in the postgame fight at North Carolina last Satur­day. Right guard Josh Fedd-Jack­son did not dress be­cause of in­jury and left guard Ter­ronne Prescod left the game in the first quar­ter. Left tackle Tyler Jones served his one-half sus­pen­sion from the UNC game in the sec­ond half.

ETHAN HY­MAN ehy­[email protected]­sob­server.com

N.C. State wide re­ceiver Jakobi Mey­ers scores on a 24-yard re­cep­tion as East Carolina de­fen­sive back War­ren Saba de­fends in the first half Satur­day in Raleigh.

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