Person, WRs help NC State top Virginia 35-21 in ACC opener

Published: Sep. 29, 2018 at 4:00 PM EDT
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Freshman Ricky Person ran for a season-high 108 yards while receivers Kelvin Harmon and Emeka Emezie had big days to help North Carolina State beat Virginia 35-21 on Saturday in its Atlantic Coast Conference opener.

Person hadn't played since the season opener while dealing with a hamstring issue, but he provided big-play burst to the Wolfpack's grind-it-out ground game.

Harmon finished with six catches for 94 yards and a touchdown on a back-shoulder throw from Ryan Finley in the fourth quarter for the Wolfpack (4-0, 1-0). And Emezie, a sophomore, had a career-best 90 yards on five catches with a second-quarter TD.

Bryce Perkins connected twice with Olamide Zaccheaus for touchdowns for the Cavaliers (3-2, 1-1), including a 35-yarder for Virginia's only lead at 7-3. But the Wolfpack responded with 24 unanswered points to lead 27-7 in the third, putting the Cavs in catch-up mode the rest of the afternoon.