RALEIGH, N.C. – Russell Wilson threw for 328 yards and three touchdowns to help North Carolina State beat Boston College 44-17 on Saturday, giving Tom O'Brien his first win against his former program.
Owen Spencer, Darrell Davis and Jarvis Williams had TD catches for the Wolfpack (5-1, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who dominated the Eagles (2-3, 0-2) the entire way. D.J. Green recovered a blocked punt in the end zone for a first-quarter touchdown, while C.J. Wilson returned an interception for a score in the third.
O'Brien spent 10 seasons with BC before taking over here before the 2007 season. Boston College had won all three meetings since and scored at least 37 points each time, including a 52-20 rout last season.
But N.C. State reversed that trend and proved it can bounce back from a disappointing loss.
Last week, the Wolfpack — carrying the program's first national ranking in seven years — led Virginia Tech 17-0 at home before the Hokies rallied for a 41-30 win that drained some of the buzz that had built around Carter-Finley Stadium. But N.C. State showed no lingering effects, using those defensive and special-teams scores to supplement another strong performance from Wilson.
Wilson threw two interceptions, one coming when a ball deflected off the hands of tight end George Bryan and the other when he overthrew a pass downfield to an open receiver. But the rest of the time, he had his way with the Eagles, completing 38 of 51 passes while also running for 45 yards.
After Green's TD recovery, Wilson pump-faked then threw a perfect pass over the middle to Spencer for a 23-yard touchdown that made it 17-3 early in the second quarter. Two possessions later, Wilson found Davis for a 5-yard score on the left side to push that margin to 24-3 midway through the quarter.
Wilson found Williams for a 6-yard score early in the fourth, with the receiver pushing through a tackle and stretching the ball over the pylon to make it 41-10 with 13½ minutes left.
Boston College had no such offensive success. With freshman Chase Rettig out with an ankle injury, coach Frank Spaziani went with Dave Shinskie — who had already been benched once this season — as the starting quarterback. Shinskie struggled all day, completing just 7 of 24 passes for 89 yards with two interceptions. The last was a badly overthrown ball that landed right in Wilson's hands for an easy TD return, prompting Spaziani to pull Shinskie for sophomore Mike Marscovetra.
BC's best highlight was Marscovetra's deep pass to Alex Amidon for a meaningless 67-yard touchdown with about 6 minutes left.