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Photos: NC State football defeats VMI

NC State defeated VMI 45-7 in a non-conference matchup at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023.

The Wolfpack and Virginia Military Institute began their football series back in the 1890s but the game on Saturday is the first time they’ve played against each other in 77 years.

N.C. State linebacker Payton Wilson (11) wraps up Virginia Military Institute running back Rashad Raymond (5) during the first half of N.C. State’s game against VMI at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023.
N.C. State linebacker Payton Wilson (11) wraps up Virginia Military Institute running back Rashad Raymond (5) during the first half of N.C. State’s game against VMI at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023.
N.C. State running back Kendrick Raphael (20) hurdles over Virginia Military Institute defensive back Shamus Jones (20) during the second half of the Wolfpack’s 45-7 victory over VMI at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023.
N.C. State running back Kendrick Raphael (20) hurdles over Virginia Military Institute defensive back Shamus Jones (20) during the second half of the Wolfpack’s 45-7 victory over VMI at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023.
N.C. State wide receiver Porter Rooks (4) pulls in the reception in front of Virginia Military Institute linebacker Evan Eller (2) during the second half of the Wolfpack’s 45-7 victory over VMI at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023.
N.C. State wide receiver Porter Rooks (4) pulls in the reception in front of Virginia Military Institute linebacker Evan Eller (2) during the second half of the Wolfpack’s 45-7 victory over VMI at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023.
N.C. State defensive back Robert Kennedy (8) beats Virginia Military Institute defensive back Wilson Chandler (19) as he returns an interception for a touchdown during the first half of N.C. State’s game against VMI at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023.
N.C. State defensive back Robert Kennedy (8) beats Virginia Military Institute defensive back Wilson Chandler (19) as he returns an interception for a touchdown during the first half of N.C. State’s game against VMI at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023.
N.C. State head coach Dave Doeren gets ready to lead the team onto the field before the Wolfpack’s game against VMI at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023.
N.C. State head coach Dave Doeren gets ready to lead the team onto the field before the Wolfpack’s game against VMI at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023.
N.C. State wide receiver Kevin ‘KC’ Concepcion (10) dives for extra yards after making a reception during the second half of the Wolfpack’s 45-7 victory over VMI at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023.
N.C. State wide receiver Kevin ‘KC’ Concepcion (10) dives for extra yards after making a reception during the second half of the Wolfpack’s 45-7 victory over VMI at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023.
N.C. State quarterback Brennan Armstrong (5) looks downfield to pass during the first half of N.C. State’s game against VMI at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023.
N.C. State quarterback Brennan Armstrong (5) looks downfield to pass during the first half of N.C. State’s game against VMI at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023.
From left N.C. State sophomores Matthew Ramsey, Shane Griffin and Spencer Wright cheer on the Wolfpack before N.C. State’s game against VMI at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023.
From left N.C. State sophomores Matthew Ramsey, Shane Griffin and Spencer Wright cheer on the Wolfpack before N.C. State’s game against VMI at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023.
N.C. State’s Julian Gray (8) breaks free for a touchdown on a 82-yard kickoff return during the second half of the Wolfpack’s 45-7 victory over VMI at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023.
N.C. State’s Julian Gray (8) breaks free for a touchdown on a 82-yard kickoff return during the second half of the Wolfpack’s 45-7 victory over VMI at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023.
N.C. State wide receiver Julian Gray (8) gains yards after making the reception during the first half of N.C. State’s game against VMI at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023.
N.C. State wide receiver Julian Gray (8) gains yards after making the reception during the first half of N.C. State’s game against VMI at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023.
N.C. State’s Trent Pennix (6) avoids the tackle by Virginia Military Institute defensive back Josh Knapp (17) during the first half of N.C. State’s game against VMI at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023.
N.C. State’s Trent Pennix (6) avoids the tackle by Virginia Military Institute defensive back Josh Knapp (17) during the first half of N.C. State’s game against VMI at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023.
N.C. State linebacker Payton Wilson (11) dives to tackle Virginia Military Institute running back Hunter Rice (24) during the first half of N.C. State’s game against VMI at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023.
N.C. State linebacker Payton Wilson (11) dives to tackle Virginia Military Institute running back Hunter Rice (24) during the first half of N.C. State’s game against VMI at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023.
N.C. State fans sing the alma mater before the Wolfpack’s game against VMI at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023.
N.C. State fans sing the alma mater before the Wolfpack’s game against VMI at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023.
N.C. State defensive back Robert Kennedy (8) returns an interception for a touchdown during the first half of N.C. State’s game against VMI at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023.
N.C. State defensive back Robert Kennedy (8) returns an interception for a touchdown during the first half of N.C. State’s game against VMI at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023.
N.C. State running back Delbert Mimms III (34) celebrates after scoring on a one-yard touchdown run during the first half of N.C. State’s game against VMI at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023.
N.C. State running back Delbert Mimms III (34) celebrates after scoring on a one-yard touchdown run during the first half of N.C. State’s game against VMI at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023.
N.C. State head coach Dave Doeren leads his team out onto the field before the Wolfpack’s game against VMI at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023.
N.C. State head coach Dave Doeren leads his team out onto the field before the Wolfpack’s game against VMI at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023.
N.C. State linebacker Jaylon Scott (2) and defensive lineman Brandon Cleveland (44) sack Virginia Military Institute quarterback Collin Shannon (1) during the second half of the Wolfpack’s 45-7 victory over VMI at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023.
N.C. State linebacker Jaylon Scott (2) and defensive lineman Brandon Cleveland (44) sack Virginia Military Institute quarterback Collin Shannon (1) during the second half of the Wolfpack’s 45-7 victory over VMI at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023.
N.C. State safety Sean Brown (0) tackles Virginia Military Institute running back Rashad Raymond (5) during the first half of N.C. State’s game against VMI at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023.
N.C. State safety Sean Brown (0) tackles Virginia Military Institute running back Rashad Raymond (5) during the first half of N.C. State’s game against VMI at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023.
N.C. State offensive lineman Timothy McKay (52) blocks Virginia Military Institute defensive lineman Geoffrey Speight (97) during the first half of N.C. State’s game against VMI at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023.
N.C. State offensive lineman Timothy McKay (52) blocks Virginia Military Institute defensive lineman Geoffrey Speight (97) during the first half of N.C. State’s game against VMI at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023.
N.C. State wide receiver Julian Gray (8) runs for yards after making the reception during the first half of N.C. State’s game against VMI at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023.
N.C. State wide receiver Julian Gray (8) runs for yards after making the reception during the first half of N.C. State’s game against VMI at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023.
N.C. State running back Demarcus Jones II (28) scores on a two-yard touchdown run as Virginia Military Institute safety Nic Land (8) tries to stop him during the second half of the Wolfpack’s 45-7 victory over VMI at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023.
N.C. State running back Demarcus Jones II (28) scores on a two-yard touchdown run as Virginia Military Institute safety Nic Land (8) tries to stop him during the second half of the Wolfpack’s 45-7 victory over VMI at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023.
N.C. State’s Jordan Poole (33) celebrates with Julian Gray (8) after Gray scored a touchdown on a 82-yard kickoff return during the second half of the Wolfpack’s 45-7 victory over VMI at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023.
N.C. State’s Jordan Poole (33) celebrates with Julian Gray (8) after Gray scored a touchdown on a 82-yard kickoff return during the second half of the Wolfpack’s 45-7 victory over VMI at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023.
N.C. State running back Michael Allen (2) tries to break free from Virginia Military Institute defensive back Josh Knapp (17) during the first half of N.C. State’s game against VMI at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023.
N.C. State running back Michael Allen (2) tries to break free from Virginia Military Institute defensive back Josh Knapp (17) during the first half of N.C. State’s game against VMI at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023.
N.C. State defensive back Robert Kennedy (8) celebrates with Devan Boykin (12) after returning an interception for a touchdown during the first half of N.C. State’s game against VMI at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023.
N.C. State defensive back Robert Kennedy (8) celebrates with Devan Boykin (12) after returning an interception for a touchdown during the first half of N.C. State’s game against VMI at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023.
N.C. State wide receiver Kevin ‘KC’ Concepcion (10) celebrates making a first down on a reception during the second half of the Wolfpack’s 45-7 victory over VMI at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023.
N.C. State wide receiver Kevin ‘KC’ Concepcion (10) celebrates making a first down on a reception during the second half of the Wolfpack’s 45-7 victory over VMI at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023.
N.C. State quarterback Brennan Armstrong (5) talks with offensive lineman Anthony Belton (74) and Matt McCabe (66) during the second half of the Wolfpack’s 45-7 victory over VMI at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023.
N.C. State quarterback Brennan Armstrong (5) talks with offensive lineman Anthony Belton (74) and Matt McCabe (66) during the second half of the Wolfpack’s 45-7 victory over VMI at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023.
N.C. State running back Michael Allen (2) gets ready to head out onto the field to warmup before N.C. State’s game against VMI at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023.
N.C. State running back Michael Allen (2) gets ready to head out onto the field to warmup before N.C. State’s game against VMI at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023.
N.C. State quarterback Brennan Armstrong (5) greets Lance Stallings and his son, Cade, 3, after the Wolfpack’s 45-7 victory over VMI at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023.
N.C. State quarterback Brennan Armstrong (5) greets Lance Stallings and his son, Cade, 3, after the Wolfpack’s 45-7 victory over VMI at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023.
Fans watch as the Bandit Flight Team flies over Carter-Finley Stadium before N.C. State’s game against VMI at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023.
Fans watch as the Bandit Flight Team flies over Carter-Finley Stadium before N.C. State’s game against VMI at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023.
N.C. State’s Lyndon Cooper (56) snaps the ball to quarterback Brennan Armstrong (5) during the second half of the Wolfpack’s 45-7 victory over VMI at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023.
N.C. State’s Lyndon Cooper (56) snaps the ball to quarterback Brennan Armstrong (5) during the second half of the Wolfpack’s 45-7 victory over VMI at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023.
N.C. State quarterback Brennan Armstrong (5) scrambles for yards during the first half of N.C. State’s game against VMI at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023.
N.C. State quarterback Brennan Armstrong (5) scrambles for yards during the first half of N.C. State’s game against VMI at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023.
N.C. State quarterback Brennan Armstrong (5) and teammates walk out of the tunnel to warmup before N.C. State’s game against VMI at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023.
N.C. State quarterback Brennan Armstrong (5) and teammates walk out of the tunnel to warmup before N.C. State’s game against VMI at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023.
N.C. State sophomore Tyra Jones tattooed Go Pack on her inside lip. She is seen before N.C. State’s game against VMI at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023.
N.C. State sophomore Tyra Jones tattooed Go Pack on her inside lip. She is seen before N.C. State’s game against VMI at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 16, 2023.