Scores

Final

Citadel 14

(3-1, 2-0 Southern)

NC State 52

(3-1, 2-0 home)

6:00 PM ET, September 22, 2012

Carter-Finley Stadium, Raleigh, NC

1 2 3 4 T
CIT 7 0 7 014
NCST 21 21 0 1052

Top Performers

Passing: M. Glennon (NCST) - 233 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: S. Thornton (NCST) - 21 CAR, 145 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: Q. Payton (NCST) - 5 REC, 100 YDS

Freshman RB Thornton (two TDs) drives NC State by The Citadel

Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC -- Playing in his first career game, North Carolina State freshman Shadrach Thornton ran for 145 yards and two touchdowns in the Wolfpack's convincing 52-14 win over The Citadel on Saturday night.

The Wolfpack (3-1) scored touchdowns on five of its six drives in the first half to build a commanding 35-point halftime lead.

NC State quarterback Mike Glennon ran for two touchdowns and passed for one more. The senior completed 19-of-24 passes for 233 yards to lead NC State to its third straight victory after its season-opening loss to Tennessee.

Rashard Smith had a 73-yard punt return for a touchdown for the Wolfpack.

Cornerback David Amerson picked off Bulldog quarterback Aaron Miller for his third interception in as many games as NCState had its way with The Citadel (3-1).

Darien Robinson had a 65-yard touchdown run for The Citadel in the first quarter, providing the Bulldogs with their only highlight of the first half. It was The Citadel's fifth play this season that had gained more than 40 yards.

Robinson finished with 102 yards on nine carries. The Bulldogs rushed for 199 yards after coming into the game averaging 370 yards per outing.

NC State was without the three running backs who started the season at the top of the depth chart. Even with Mustafa Greene (suspension), James Washington (injury) and Tony Creecy (undisclosed) all unavailable, the Wolfpack managed to run for a season-high 284 yards, eclipsing the previous best of 127 against South Alabama.

Most of that came from Thornton's strong debut. The native of Hinesville, Ga., finished off the Wolfpack's opening drive with a 19-yard touchdown run where he showed nice vision in cutting back against the grain.

After Robinson took what looked to be a simple dive play and outran the entire Wolfpack defense, Thornton gave NC State the lead for good when he got into the end zone from 7 yards out on the Wolfpack's ensuing possession.

Thornton also had four catches for 26 yards.

NC State stretched its advantage to 21-7 when Bryan Underwood took a short pass from Glennon and turned it into a 20-yard touchdown reception. Underwood has scored a touchdown in all four of NC State's games this season.

The Wolfpack then took advantage of Glennon's two short touchdown runs in the second quarter and Smith's punt return to take a 42-7 lead at halftime.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
CIT
NCST
1st Downs1227
Total Yards226515
Passing27233
Rushing199282
Penalties4-155-37
3rd Down Conversions2-911-14
4th Down Conversions0-20-0
Turnovers22
Possession27:1332:47

Passing Leaders

CitadelC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Miller3/6244.001
North Carolina StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Glennon19/242339.710

Rushing Leaders

CitadelCARYDSAVGTDLG
Robinson910211.3165
Jones6467.7012
North Carolina StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Thornton211456.9227
Barnes8475.9115

Receiving Leaders

CitadelRECYDSAVGTDLG
Jones11616.0016
Dallas166.006
North Carolina StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Payton510020.0043
Barnes34214.0021

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERCITNCST
TD07:32Shadrach Thornton 19 Yd Run (Niklas Sade Kick) 07
TD05:45Darien Robinson 65 Yd Run (Thomas Warren Kick) 77
TD04:39Shadrach Thornton 7 Yd Run (Niklas Sade Kick) 714
TD02:02Bryan Underwood 20 Yd Pass From Mike Glennon (Niklas Sade Kick) 721
SECOND QUARTERCITNCST
TD11:15Mike Glennon 2 Yd Run (Niklas Sade Kick) 728
TD03:39Rashard Smith 73 Yd Punt Return (Niklas Sade Kick) 735
TD00:00Mike Glennon 1 Yd Run (Niklas Sade Kick) 742
THIRD QUARTERCITNCST
TD06:10Vinny Miller 15 Yd Run (Thomas Warren Kick) 1442
FOURTH QUARTERCITNCST
TD14:52Brandon Barnes 6 Yd Run (Niklas Sade Kick) 1449
FG07:17Niklas Sade 23 Yd 1452