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Yesterday NC State fell to Louisville 20-13 in their ACC opener, and since a loss can’t be attributed to one single thing, I am going to give you four reasons that the Wolfpack fell short.  You will notice that the four reasons are offensive, and that is because I believe they are more to blame in this loss, and I will have more to say about the defense later today.

Jacoby Brissett

After the game Brissett took a lot of the blame upon himself, and I think that was humble, but I also think it was accurate.  Yesterday’s performance was not the worst of his career, but it was easily his worst performance of 2015.  He completed 16 of 28 for 183 yards and a touchdown.  It doesn’t appear to be a horrific game statistically, but it is how Brissett threw the incompletions that give me pause.  You can blame an offensive coordinator or credit the defense all you want.  A lot of Brissett’s incompletions fall on him, and him alone.  They were either short, or deep, or in the dirt.

“There are some plays I know Jacoby would like to have back,” said Doeren. “He didn’t complete a couple that he would normally complete.  That’s not because of who we played.  We had guys open.”

Offensive Line

When Brissett had time in the pocket yesterday he missed plays that he normally makes, but the reality is he didn’t have time in the pocket a lot yesterday.  You can’t blame his incompletions on a play call when the player was open and the throw was poor, but you can look at the fact that the Louisville defensive line lived in the backfield yesterday.  The Wolfpack offensive line didn’t always give adequate time for Brissett, and they didn’t provide Matt Dayes with much to work with, in regards to running lanes.

Missed Opportunities

I don’t blame yesterday’s loss on the Wolfpack’s easy non-conference schedule.  I blame it on a failure to finish.  Three of NC State’s offensive possessions in the first half made it to the Louisville 40-yard line or beyond, and they walked away with zero points.  On the first, Jumichael Ramos fumbled on the 5-yard line.  On the second, the Wolfpack coaches decided to punt on 4th and 10 from the 33-yard line.  On the third, Brissett threw a 39-yard pass to Jaylen Samuels, moving the ball to the Cardinals 41-yard line.  The Wolfpack then lost three yards on the next three plays and punted from the 41-yard line.  You can’t get within the 40-yard line and walk away with no points three times in a game.  Well, you can, but you will probably lose.

Turnover Margin

NC State turned the ball over twice to Louisville, and the Cardinals did a perfect job of keeping the ball to themselves.  Jumichael Ramos fumbled the ball on the Louisville 5-yard line in the first quarter.  Had he not done so, NC State would have walked away with a touchdown or a field goal, which would have been the first points on the scoreboard.  Instead, the Wolfpack never had the lead a single time.  Matt Dayes fumbled right at midfield at about the halfway point in the third quarter.  NC State had the momentum at this point.  They had scored on a Jaylen Samuels touchdown two possessions’ before, and had held the Cardinals to two straight 3-and-out’s.  Dayes rushed for a gain of 7 and caught a pass for 9 yards before fumbling.  The Wolfpack were on their way down the field to possibly tie the game, but the wind was taken out from their sails.  Louisville scored 10 points off of NC State’s two turnovers.  The Wolfpack on the other hand scored zero points off of turnovers, because they failed to create any.

Matthew is Co-Owner of Pack Insider. He writes for all sports, with a focus on football and recruiting, and is in charge of business strategy. He is an NC State alum who majored in business. Matthew is also the lead pastor of The Point Church in Cary, NC.

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NC State Legend QB Roman Gabriel Passes Away at the Age of 83

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NC State legend Quarterback Roman Gabriel has passed away at the age of 83.

Gabriel’s Accolades

  • 2 time ACC Player of the Year (1960 & 1961)
  • 2 time 1st Team All-American (1960 & 1961)
  • 2 time 1st Team All-ACC (1960 & 1961)
  • 1st ACC QB to throw for 1,000 yards in a season
  • Left NC State with 22 school records and 9 ACC records
  • #1 pick in the AFL and #2 pick in the NFL
  • 16-year NFL career with the Rams & Eagles
  • 4 time Pro Bowler
  • NFL MVP in 1969
  • Led the NFL in Passing Yards in 1973
  • Led the NFL in Touchdown Passes in 1969 & 1973
  • Inaugural member of the NC State Hall of Fame
  • Ranks 1st all-time in Rams history in Touchdown Passes & 3rd in Passing Yards
  • First player to have their jersey number retired at NC State, on January 20, 1962.

Praying for the Gabriel family!

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NC State has Dominated UNC in Athletics in 2023-24

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After NC State clinched a series victory over UNC last night in Baseball, I thought it would be a good time to relish in how the Wolfpack has dominated the Tar Heels Athletic Program as a whole in 2023-24.

The Wolfpack Baseball team has won the first two games in the series against the Tar Heels, clinching a series victory over UNC for the first time since 2021. It marks the first time NC State has won a series against the Tar Heels in Raleigh since 2016.

NC State defeated UNC in Volleyball 3-1, winning in Chapel Hill for the first time in 25 years. The Tar Heels had won the last 5 matches against the Wolfpack.

The Wolfpack defeated the Tar Heels 39-20 in Football in Carter-Finley Stadium. It marked the 3rd consecutive win over UNC.

NC State lost both regular season games to UNC in Men’s Basketball, but when it mattered most, the Wolfpack defeated the Tar Heels in the ACC Championship Game 84-76, winning their first title since 1987.

The Wolfpack Women’s Basketball team lost to their rival in Chapel Hill, but defeated UNC 63-59 in Reynolds Coliseum. NC State has won 5 of the last 7 against UNC.

In Gymnastics, NC State defeated UNC 196.725-194.925 in Raleigh. This marked the 3rd straight victory for the Wolfpack over the Tar Heels.

NC State’s Men & Women’s Swimming & Diving teams both beat UNC. The Men won 258-93, and the Women won 196-157.

The Wolfpack Wrestling team defeated UNC 33-6 in Reynolds Coliseum. NC State has won 11 straight Duals against the Tar Heels.

The NC State Men’s Tennis team defeated UNC 4-0, winning against their rival in back-to-back years.

The Wolfpack Women’s Tennis team has defeated the Tar Heels 4-3 on two occasions thus far this season, and will face their rival again today.

The Cross Country teams didn’t have individual meets against UNC, but the Women obviously beat them, because they won the ACC Championship. The Men didn’t, finishing 8th in the Conference, with the Tar Heels finishing 1st.

The only other NC State athletic team that didn’t taste victory against UNC this year was the Women’s Soccer team, losing 0-4 in Raleigh.

Of course, each of these NC State athletic teams has much higher goals than just beating their rival, but there’s no denying how sweet it is to beat the Tar Heels.

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WATCH: Hollywood Smothers Leads NC State in Rushing at the Spring Game

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Redshirt Freshman Hollywood Smothers seemingly was the 3rd string Running Back in NC State’s 2024 Spring Game a few weeks back, but at the end of the game, he had more rushing yards than any other back.

Smothers rushed the ball 8 times for 75 yards. He possesses explosive speed, as well as excellent vision.

Check out Pack Insider’s Tape of Smothers from the Spring Game.





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NC State Offers FCS Interior Offensive Lineman D’Angalo Titialii

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NC State offered Interior Offensive Lineman D’Angalo Titialii (6’2″/320) today. After entering the Portal, the Wolfpack were the first to offer him.

Titialii spent his first three seasons at Portland State, which competes in the FCS. This year, he was the starting Center for the Vikings, and the year before he was their starting Left Guard. Over three seasons, Titialii started in 28 of the 32 games he played in.

Titialii is an intriguing prospect, considering he can play numerous positions on the Offensive Line.

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