NC State Rolls Over Commodores 41-17

On Monday night, the NC State Wolfpack came into Shreveport with a statement to make after pulling off an upset over rival UNC. Vanderbilt was coming off of an upset of their rival Tennessee which earned them bowl eligibility, but they were no match for the Wolfpack, as they fell behind early and never recovered. It was looking good early for Vanderbilt as they capitalized on a couple of early Wolfpack turnovers with a 52 yard field goal by star kicker Tommy Openshaw. The Commodore defense held strong at the goal line, keeping the game 3-0 at the end of the first. But 1 score was all NC State needed to take, and keep the lead. Before Vandy knew it, the score was 28-3 in favor of NCSU. Vandy would make it 28-17, but NC State ran back the kick to make the score 35-17, demoralizing the young Vanderbilt defense. NC State would go on to win 41-17, putting a cherry on top of a winning season for the Pack. Tight end and fullback Jaylen Samuels played a key role in the victory, scoring three touchdowns while making the Commodore defense look silly in the process. Vanderbilt quarterback Kyle Shurmur threw three interceptions, including a pick six on the last play on the game. Vanderbilt would drop to 6-7, a sour ending to a year full of ups and downs for the Commodores. The Commodores that showed up to this game bore almost no resemblance to the team that beat Tennessee. Vanderbilt looked like a competitive SEC team against the Volunteers. They looked like a competitive Sun Belt team against North Carolina State.

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