QB competition takes center stage in 2019 Kay Yow Spring Game

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RALEIGH, N.C. (NCSU) – All eyes for the 2019 Kay Yow Spring game were on the quarterback competition, as NC State is in the midst of finding out who will replace Ryan Finley.

Matthew McKay went 14-of-24 for 182 yards, Devin Leary was 12-of-23 for 104 yards and Bailey Hockman was also 12-of-23 for 135 yards. All three had a TD pass.

All three QBS led a first-half scoring drive, Leary and McKay a pair each. The first half saw five scoring drives, four resulting in TDs.

The Pack was without the services of all five projected offensive line starters: tackles Tyrone Riley and Justin Witt, guards Joshua Fedd-Jackson and Joe Sculthorpe and center Grant Gibson all sat out the game.

The game's first explosive came when Leary found WR C.J. Riley down the sideline for a 35-yard hookup. A few plays later, Leary connected with WR Thayer Thomas for a 3-yard TD pass.

The drive was Leary's first with the first-team unit as he had a previous drive as the QB for the second-team.

PK Christopher Dunn kicked a 53-yard field goal in the second quarter.

Riley's second big catch of the day set up the Pack's second TD. Riley caught a 40-yard pass from McKay, then a few plays later McKay kept the ball and rushed for a TD from seven yards out.

RB Bam Knight sprinted away from the defense for a 73-yard TD run, and McKay found TE Cary Angeline from 14 yards out right before the half.

RB Trent Pennix punched it in from one-yard out to open the second half scoring, which had a running clock.

Hockman slung a TD pass in the third quarter, 61 yards to WR Max Fisher.

PK Trenton Gill kicked a 45-yard field goal in the fourth quarter. RB Will Dabbs concluded the scoring with a 12-yard TD dash.

Knight led all rushers with 139 yards while Riley led the receivers with 113 yards.