RALEIGH, N.C. -- Ryan Finley passed for 231 yards and a touchdown and Jaylen Samuels rushed for a trio of touchdowns to power N.C. State past Furman, 49-16, in football action Saturday afternoon at Carter Finley Stadium.
After Furman (0-3) pulled to within 21-13 following a 71-yard touchdown strike from quarterback P.J. Blazejowski to Andy Schumpert with two minutes remaining in the first half, N.C. State (2-1) answered with an 11-play, 76-yard drive for a 1-yard Samuels scoring plunge to send the Wolfpack into halftime up, 28-13.
N.C. State took advantage of a partially blocked punt, an interception, and a fumble recovery in the third quarter to score three touchdowns and put the game away.
Nyheim Hines' 28-yard touchown burst, which followed teammate Stephen Louis' partial block of a Paladin punt, opened the third quarter spree for the Wolfpack, who tallied their second score of the quarter when Shawn Boone stepped in front of a screen pass and raced 47 yards to the end zone. Four plays later, following a Furman fumble at its own 23, the Wolfpack's Dakwa Nichols ran 14 yards to the Paladin 9, and on the next play covered the final nine yards for the score and a 42-13 lead.
Furman freshman Grayson Atkins booted three field goals, including a pair of 46-yarders, to account for most of the Paladins' scoring.
N.C. State rolled up 490 total yards to Furman's 329.
Blazejowski completed 9-of-17 passes for 180 yards, including the 71-yard strike to Schumpert for the longest pass and reception of both players' respective careers.
The Paladins ran for 133 yards, led by Triston Luke's four carries for 50 yards.
Junior safety Aaquil Annoor registered a career high 13 tackles to lead all defenders.
Furman returns to action next Saturday with a 1:00 p.m. contest at Colgate.