BOSTON — Boston College can save what's been a rough season with a win against rival Notre Dame. The Eagles have a week off to find a way to get their slumbering offense going.
Jacoby Brissett threw an 83-yard touchdown pass to Maurice Trowell early in the second quarter and North Carolina State sent Boston College to its sixth straight loss, 24-8 on Saturday.
"Sixty-three of our eighty-five players are freshman or sophomores," BC coach Steve Addazio said. "So we're going to do it with the young players and we're going to invest in that, and it's going to be a really good investment that's going to come back and pay a lot of dividends. But it will be painful in the process."
The Eagles are on their longest losing streak since then-coach Tom O'Brien's squad dropped six straight in 1998.
Boston College faces No. 8 Notre Dame at Fenway Park - in a home game for the Fighting Irish - on November 21.
"I think it'll be a bowl-game atmosphere," Addazio said.
Walk-on quarterback John Fadule made his first career start for the Eagles (3-7, 0-7). He was 23-for-37 for 257 yards with a TD in the closing 90 seconds. He also had three interceptions, a fumble and was sacked five times.
BC, coming in ranked 126th in the nation offensively, collected just six first downs and only gained 129 yards in the first half. The Eagles finished with 285 total yards, averting the shutout when Fadule hit Thadd Smith for a 3-yard TD.
"He was pretty well covered, but that was the look that we had practiced," Fadule said. "The protection was great and the route was great and Thadd made an amazing play, and I'll never forget it. My first touchdown pass."
Jaylen Samuels had a 5-yard TD run and Reggie Gallaspy II ran 35 for a score for the Wolfpack (6-3, 2-3 Atlantic Coast Conference).
It was N.C. State's first game after leading rusher Matt Dayes was lost for the season with a foot injury in a 56-41 loss at No. 3 Clemson. The Wolfpack gained 139 yards on the ground against BC's top-ranked rush defense.
Brissett completed 14 of 27 for 212 yards with one interception.
Dayes was 25th in the country, averaging 108.1 yards per game, and led the ACC with 12 rushing TDs.
The Wolfpack led 14-0 at halftime.
N.C. State jumped ahead 7-0 when Brissett hit a wide-open Trowell in stride down the right sideline for the TD on the Wolfpack's first play of the second quarter.
On their next drive, they marched 84 yards. Samuels' 5-yard TD run made it 14-0.
The Eagles moved into N.C. State territory for just four plays in two separate drives during the opening half. A penalty for a chop block ended one threat and Fadule was sacked on the other.
Gallaspy II burst through the middle untouched for his TD, making it 21-0 early in the third quarter.
The Eagles did drive to N.C. State's 22 before failing on a fourth-down try late in the third.
N.C. State had moved to BC's 23 midway into the opening quarter, but opted to skip attempting a field due to kicking difficulties by Kyle Bambard, who was only 3-of-9 this season. Brissett was picked off by Justin Simmons at the 10-yard line on a 4th-and-2 play, just the second interception he's thrown this season.
Bambard kicked a 37-yarder with 4 minutes left in the game.
The Wolfpack are at No. 17 Florida State next week.