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October 1, 2013

The numbers that mattered: CMU at NC State



2 Touchdowns scored by senior linebacker D.J. Green after he returned an interception for six in the first quarter. Green also fell on a blocked punt for a score against Boston College in 2010.

2 One of the biggest improvements on the Pack defense has been explosive plays allowed. After four games, opponents have sprung plays of 30 yards or more only twice.

2.3 Junior kicker Niklas Sade is tied for third nationally with an average of 2.3 field goals per game. He is also ranked 18th with an average of 10.3 points scored per game.

3 The Pack recorded its first interception of the year against Central Michigan and finished the contest with three.

5 Touchdowns scored by true freshman running back Matt Dayes after he added another on the ground against Central Michigan. He is ranked fourth among all freshmen position players with an average of 7.5 points scored per game.

6.5 Tackles for loss tallied by starting middle linebacker, senior Robert Caldwell. He averages 1.6 per game, which is tied for the 11th in the land. Caldwell is also tied for 37th nationally and leads the ACC with an average of 9.3 stops per contest.

6.75 The Pack's top two running backs, Dayes and sophomore Shadrach Thornton combined to run 16 times for 108 yards and two scores, good for an average yards per carry of 6.75.

7 Of the 11 different players who have recorded a rush in 2013 have totaled at least 92 yards on the ground this year. Those players include Matt Dayes (180 yards, 4 TD rushing), Bryant Shirreffs (122, 1), Tony Creecy (110, 1), Bryan Underwood (96), Pete Thomas (93, 2), Shadrach Thornton (92, 2) and Rashard Smith (92).

7 The Pack have lost seven of their last eight games at Wake Forest, which is where they play this weekend.

9.3 NC State has logged 37 tackles for loss this year, which means they average 9.3 tackles for loss per game, which is tied for the third-best figure in the land.

12 The Pack's Rashard Smith is ranked 12th nationally with an average of 16.3 yards per punt return.

19.93 Redshirt junior wide receiver Bryan Underwood has totaled 279 yards and a touchdown from scrimmage over the past two games on nine catches and five rushes, which works out to an average of 19.93 yards per touch.

32 NCSU is ranked 32nd in the land with an average of 18.8 points allowed per contest.

67.0 Rookie receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling, who missed the CMU contest with an injury, is ranked third among all freshmen with an average of 67.0 receiving yards per game.

101.3 The Pack is out-rushing their opponents by an average of 101.3 yards per game. The offense is ranked 42nd nationally with an average of 207.3 yards on the ground per game, while the defense checks in at No. 22 in the land with an average of 106.0 rushing yards allowed per game.

182 NC State's 182 first-half rushing yards was more ground production than they had in all but two entire games last season and the most in one half of football since 1997, when a Mike O'Cain-led squad tallied 189 yards on the ground before halftime if a 47-45 win at Duke.

239 The Pack rushed for 239 yards on 52 carries, good for an average of 4.6 yards per attempt. 10 different players recorded a carry and five had at least 29 yards on the ground. Three different players found pay dirt via rush.

357 All-purpose yards totaled by receivers Bryan Underwood (190 - 148 receiving, 42 rushing) and Rashard Smith (167 - 87 punt return, 41 rushing and 39 receiving) against Central Michigan.




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