September 16, 2017 / 8:08 PM / 10 months ago

Samuels propels N.C. State to easy win

Samuels propels N.C. State to easy win

Jaylen Samuels scored on three short touchdown runs as North Carolina State drubbed visiting Furman 49-16 on Saturday afternoon at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C.

Quarterback Ryan Finley threw for 231 yards for the Wolfpack (2-1), which plays its Atlantic Coast Conference opener next week at Florida State.

Samuels, who had only five carries in the game, scored on 2-yard touchdown run to give the Wolfpack a 7-3 lead with 4:46 remaining in the first quarter. He ran in from 1 yard out in the second quarter and then added another 1-yard touchdown run with 18 seconds left in the first half as N.C. State held a 28-13 lead at the break.

Finley threw a 30-yard touchdown strike to JuMichael Ramos in the first half.

Nyheim Hines ran for a 28-yard touchdown in the third quarter.

Barely three minutes later, N.C. State safety Shawn Boone intercepted a pass from P.J. Blazejowski and returned it 47 yards for a touchdown. The Wolfpack made it a 21-0 third quarter on Dakwa Nichols’ 9-yard run.

Finley finished 22-for-27 passing. Hines gained 92 yards on 11 carries.

Furman (0-3), which lost a pair of close games to Football Championship Subdivision members Wofford and Elon, remains in search of its first victory under first-year coach Clay Hendrix.

The Paladins opened the scoring with Grayson Atkins’ 46-yard field goal to conclude a penalty-aided drive. He added a 34-yarder in the second quarter and a 46-yarder in the fourth.

Furman pulled within 21-13 on Andy Schumpert’s 71-yard catch-and-run on a second-quarter pass from Blazejowski, with the Paladins covering 93 yards in four plays.

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