The last time NC State and ECU met the Pirates were throttled 58-3. This time the beating wouldn’t be as bad, but the win was still convincing. The Wolfpack defeated East Carolina 34-6 at Carter Finley. 1st-year starter Matthew McKay finished with 308 yards and 1 touchdown and NC State’s ground game added 198 yards.
“For Matt McKay in his first start to have 300 yards is pretty special,” Coach Doeren said after the game. “I thought the offensive line was able to rotate guys in and protect. There were a lot of good things that happened today.”
“There were a lot of positives. I thank the fans for being there. It was hot today. Hopefully you enjoyed what you got to see from our players. We need you. We need you for four quarters. I know it’s hot. I get all that. We want to be special. Please just continue to do all that you can to be back in there for us in the third quarter. We love you if you can be. It means a lot to these kids.”
“We are 1-0. Half of the teams in the country are not, and half of the teams are. It’s good to be on that side of the ledger.”
The Wolfpack will be back at home next week against Western Carolina.