N.C. State (1-0)
beat Georgia Southern, 24-23
Brissett, a transfer from Florida, completed 18 of 23 passes for 213 yards with three touchdowns in the second half to lead the comeback.
Junior running back Shad Thornton was also instrumental getting most of his team-best 73 yards in the second half.
Freshman receiver Bo Hines made eight of his team-high nine catches in the second half and finished with 85 yards.
When Ellison passed, he had success completing nine of 16 attempts for 184 yards and a touchdown.
The Wolfpack offense in the first half, and for some of the third quarter, didn’t have its best players on the field at the same time. It took too long to get Thornton involved and senior receiver Bryan Underwood didn’t have a catch or rushing attempt. Thornton and Underwood, with Hines, need to be on the field together more.
Beat Elon 52-13
It’s hard to read too much into stats when the level of competition is so uneven, though.
“They’re a more talented football team than we are,” Elon coach Rich Skrosky said. “There’s no question about it.”
In offensive coordinator Scottie Montgomery’s first game as the play caller, Duke went 3-for-12 on third down. That was made more bearable by a 5-for-5 fourth-down conversion rate until the last drive.
North Carolina (1-0)
Beat Liberty 56-29
Lost to Georgia, 45-21
South Carolina (0-1)
Lost to Texas A&M 52-28 (Thursday)