North Carolina State University’s Wolfpack football team, which features former Liberty County High School running back Shadrach Thornton, became eligible for a bowl game after beating Wake Forest, 42-13, on Nov. 15.
According to NCSU’s athletic website, Thornton was the first Wolfpack runner to go over 100 yards in a game this season, as he finished with 110 yards on 16 carries and scored one touchdown.
NC State’s 362 yards rushing on the day were the most for a Wolfpack team in an Atlantic Coast Conference game since 1987.
The win put NC State’s record at 6-5 overall. According to espn.com, the top tier of the selection process for bowl eligibility is if a team has at least six wins. A minimum of five of those wins must be over teams from the Football Bowl Subdivision, the highest level of college football. NC State’s only win over a non-FBS team this season has been a 42-0 victory against Presbyterian, which plays in the Football Championship Subdivision.
Through Nov. 20, Thornton played in 11 games and has a net gain of 650 yards, which led the team. Should Thornton keep that pace, he will record his third-consecutive season as the team’s top rusher. Thornton also has eight rushing touchdowns and has made 15 receptions for 133 yards and a touchdown.
In his Wolfpack career, according to espn.com, Thornton has rushed for 2,112 yards and 15 touchdowns and made 61 receptions for 504 yards and two touchdowns.
The Wolfpack will have its second bye of the season next weekend. NC State returns to action Saturday by playing North Carolina in Chapel Hill for the regular-season finale.