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VIDEO: NC State Head Coach Dave Doeren Talks After Beating Georgia State 41-7

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Head Coach Dave Doeren spoke with the media in his press conference after NC State crushed Georgia State 41-7 today. The VIDEO is above, and a BULLETED breakdown is below.

  • Good win for our football team. A lot of 1st time things happening. Guys scoring their first touchdowns and making some big plays.
  • It was good to see Redshirt Graduate Senior Running Back Brady Bodine score a touchdown for us. He’s been an awesome teammate and good leader.
  • Freshman Running Back Trent Pennix scored his first touchdown. Great to see that.
  • And then Redshirt Freshman Matt McKay getting in there at the end. Good for him to get out on the field and get some quality snaps at the end of the game.
  • Obviously Redshirt Graduate Senior Quarterback Ryan Finley was exceptional. 31 of 38. I know he would like the interception back. 370 yards passing. If you know Ryan Finley, he wants other players to get credit. I love that about him.
  • Defensively…keeping them out of the end zone. Gave up some runs, and runs after the catch, and some missed tackles we need to clean up.
  • Redshirt Graduate Senior Wide Receiver Stephen Louis seemed fine as far as any injuries outside of a concussion. He’ll go through the protocol and take the steps necessary. Other than that, I think we came out pretty healthy.
  • Redshirt Freshman Running Back Nakia Robinson got his first reps.

On Redshirt Freshman Wide Receiver Thayer Thomas…

  • Thayer is playing at a high level.
  • I think sometimes guys get categorized. Sometimes people think that a walk-on overachieves and they aren’t that great of an athlete. He is an overachiever, but he’s a tremendous athlete. Great quickness. Much faster than people give him credit for. Good ball skills. Works really hard. He’s tough. Had a good game today.
  • Took advantage of an opportunity with Jakobi (Meyers) still being out. His first 100-yard receiving day.

Difference between Junior Wide Receiver Kelvin Harmon last week and today…

  • Had a good run after the catch. Had a good week of practice.
  • Sometimes you need to play a game to see where you’re at. Kelvin’s a great competitor. As soon as he put something on tape, he’s going to watch it and get better, and that’s what he did.
  • Coverage systems were different. Had more off-coverage. More free access stuff today. Caught the ball well. Ran crisp routes. Gave himself a little more space on the sideline. Last week he kind of ran out of room a couple of times.

On Freshman Running Back Trent Pennix…

  • I said earlier in the week that Trent playing last week, even though he wasn’t productive, was going to help him this week, and you saw that. He’s going to continue to get quicker and play faster. He made a guy miss out in space, which is great to see from that position for us.

On defense giving up 7 points, and then shutting them out the rest of the way…

  • They’re resilient. People are moving the ball at times, but they made corrections. Offensively GSU had a couple of extra days to prepare, and they did somethings they hadn’t put on tape. Had to adjust. Hit us on a route early and got some field position. Thought the guys settled in.
  • Really did a nice job on third down. 4 for 13.

On what needs to be improved in the running game…

  • Need to get on film and really dig in it.
  • See where some of the linebackers were coming free. That’s not part of what we do. Want to make sure we are fitting those guys up. Always handle the first level first. Need to see what happened on film.
  • I know it’s not where we want it. Got to continue to work at it. Get our Offensive Line playing together. Reps for our running backs and tight ends. They are still young. All that’s going to help over time.

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A quick glance at the somewhat strange history between NC State and Marshall

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When NC State takes on Marshall this Saturday it will be their first away game of the season. It will also be the 5th meeting between the two teams. The most consistent theme in this series seems to be NC State needing some late-game heroics to put away the Thundering Herd.  Here is a brief history of the matchup.

  • Last year NC State defeated the Thundering Herd 37-20, and while the final score made it look like somewhat of a blowout, it was anything but. Marshall jumped out to a quick 13-3 lead and was up 20-10 at the half. That’s when NC State caught fire. The Pack scored 27 unanswered including 2 TD runs by Reggie Gallaspy and a 34 yard TD by Kelvin Harmon.
  • In 1991, State had another rough matchup with Marshall. They were down 14-3 with 3 minutes remaining. After driving down for a TD, the Pack got an onside kick. QB Geoff Bender led State down the field but missed on a 4th and long pass. It seemed like that was the end of the line, but a Marshall player had been flagged for offsides. NC State ended up converting on the next play and eventually went down and scored the game-winning TD and won 15-14.
  • In 1993, NC State once again needed a late surge to beat Marshall. This time it was QB Terry Harvey having to lead State on two scoring drives in the final 10 minutes to pull off a 24-17 win. The Wolfpack defense held Marshall scoreless in the 2nd half.
  • 1995 was the outlier. In this one State came out and controlled it from the opening kick. Terry Harvey hit the 4,000 career passing yards mark in this game and the Pack won 33-16.

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NC State vs. UVA Kickoff Set for 12:20

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NC State’s home game vs. Virginia on September 29th will kickoff at 12:20pm on Raycom.

I know that the Noon(ish) game is dreaded by many, and it can lead to scorchers (see James Madison and Georgia State), but the Wolfpack has won their last 8 games before 1pm.

2018

9/1/18 – Noon – James Madison (H) – 24-13
9/8/18 – 12:30 – Georgia State (H) – 41-7

2017

9/16/17 – 12:20 – Furman (H)- 49-16
9/23/17 – Noon – #11 FSU (A) – 27-21
9/30/17 – 12:20 – Syracuse (H) – 33-25
10/14/17 – Noon – Pitt (A) – 35-17
11/11/17 – Noon – Boston College (A) – 17-14

2016

11/25/17 – Noon – UNC (A) – 28-21

The last time NC State played UVA was back in 2012 in Raleigh with a 12:30 kickoff. Unfortunately, the Cavaliers defeated the Wolfpack 6-33 on Homecoming.

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NC State’s Marshall Connections

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NC State enters Saturday’s game with a few close ties to the Marshall football program.

Doc Holliday

The Thundering Herd’s head coach Doc Holliday was the Wide Receiver’s Coach at NC State from 2000-04. He also served as the Associate Head Coach. Holliday groomed Koren Robinson and Jerricho Cotchery, who ended up being two of the Top-5 receivers in school history. Doc’s receivers and Philip Rivers set the single single season for Total Yards and Passing Yards in a single season in 2003. He was obviously a part of the 2002 team that won 11 games, which is also the highest mark in school history.

Holliday has been the head coach at Marshall since 2010. He has led the Thundering Herd to 5 bowl games in 8 seasons, that resulted in 5 bowl victories. In 2013, Holliday led Marshall to a 10-4 record, and to a Conference USA Conference Championship game, but The Herd lost to Rice 24-41.

The very next year, Holliday and his Marshall squad go their revenge, defeating Louisiana Tech 26-23, to claim their first ever Conference USA Championship. The Herd finished the 2014 season with a record of 13-1, which landed them at #22 on the Final Coaches Poll.

In 2015, Marshall won 10+ wins (10-3) for the third straight season under Holliday.

Last year Holliday was able to help The Herd bounce back from a down year in 2016 (3-9), finishing with an 8-5 record, and a bowl victory over Colorado State in the New Mexico Bowl.

George Barlow

NC State Cornerbacks coach George Barlow played his collegiate football career at Marshall (1986-90), and even earned all-conference honors as a Safety. He still holds the record for most interceptions in a single game, taking three balls away from East Tennessee State in 1989. Barlow was a part of the Marshall team in 1987 that went to the IAA National Championship game, losing to Louisiana Monroe by one point.

After graduation, Barlow became a graduate assistant within the football program, but after one season, he became the Linebackers Coach at Marshall. He served in this role for two seasons before heading off to a slew of different positions at different schools, before landing at NC State.

Barlow was once a coach of two of NC State’s 1st three opponents in 2018, also serving as an assistant coach at James Madison from 1999-2008.

 

 

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RELEASE: Wolfpack to Participate in Florence Relief and Recovery Efforts

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RALEIGH, N.C. – In response to the devastating flooding, damage and loss suffered by the state of North Carolina, our communities and citizens following Hurricane Florence, NC State Athletics is joining the University’s overall efforts to aid in relief and recovery in a variety of ways.

On Saturday, Sept. 29 at the Wolfpack’s Parents and Families Day football game vs. Virginia, items of need will be collected at the entrance gates to Carter-Finley Stadium and at the Lowes Foods Fan Zone in front of PNC Arena. More details on the most needed items will be released prior to the game.

This year’s Primetime with the Pack basketball event will be a ticketed event with all after-tax ticket proceeds going to disaster relief. More details about this event will be released in the coming days.

NC State Athletics is also involved in a number of other relief efforts:


  • Donation of new adidas merchandise to those in need, in partnership with adidas.
  • Carter-Finley Stadium has been used as a staging area for Duke Energy and The Finley Fieldhouse was used by power crews to shower and rest between shifts.
  • GoTriangle is partnering with WRAL and the United Way to stage a Storm Relief Bus in the parking lot of the Close-King Indoor Practice Facility. Non-perishable food donations can be dropped off on Thursday, between 7 am and 6 pm.
  • NC State’s athletic facilities are being made available to regional universities and schools for teams displaced or impacted by the hurricane.


Fans who would like to make financial contributions may give directly to NC State University’s Student Emergency Fund, which was established to address the needs of current NC State students, or to the governor’s Disaster Relief Fund.
Fans can also volunteer for relief and recovery efforts at the State of North Carolina’s volunteer website.

Please check GoPack.com and @PackAthletics on Twitter for updates on all relief efforts supported by NC State Athletics.

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