RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- 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.