EAST HARTFORD — North Carolina State quarterback Brennan Armstrong threw for 155 yards and ran for 96 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Wolfpack to a 24-14 road win Thursday over UConn in the season opener for both teams.
The grad transfer from Virginia completed 17 of 26 passes and carried the ball 19 times, including on touchdown runs of 4 and 8 yards.
Victor Rosa ran for 99 yards and scored both of UConn’s touchdowns, including a 71-yard run that got the Huskies to within three points in the third quarter.
But he summersaulted into the end zone at the end of the run and that celebration forced the Huskies to kick off from the 20-yard line.
The Wolfpack’s Julian Gray returned the kick 40 yards, and another 15 yards was added after the Wolfpack’s Rakeim Ashford was hit on the sideline at the end of the play.
The Wolfpack had to drive just 27 yards for the score and Armstrong’s second touchdown run of the game, an e 8-yard scramble up the middle gave the Wolfpack their winning margin.
UConn jumped out early, with quarterback Joe Fagnano hitting on all three of his passes on a 12-play, 75-yard opening drive. Rosa capped that off with an 18-yard touchdown run over the right side.
But the Huskies had just 50 yards of offense the rest of the half. The Wolfpack held the Huskies to 273 total yards.
Fagnano finished 14 of 26 for 113 yards and an interception, from linebacker Payton Wilson that sealed the win with under a minute to go.
“It was neck-and-neck and we were fighting hard and then we imploded a little bit there at the end of the third quarter,” UConn coach Jim Mora said. THE TAKEAWAY
UConn coach Jim Mora has been vocal about his hopes that UConn can get an invite into a Power Five football conference and a win over an ACC opponent would have helped that cause. The Huskies play three more Power Five games this year, against Duke, Boston College and Tennessee. UP NEXT
UConn plays its first road game at Georgia State on Sept. 9.