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NC State’s Dave Doeren’s Week 11 ACC Media Teleconference Transcript

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NC State head coach Dave Doeren answered questions on the weekly ACC Media Teleconference yesterday before the Wolfpack’s matchup against Wake Forest tonight. Here’s the transcript:

DAVE DOEREN: Excited for our home game here tomorrow night against Wake Forest, a game that we selected for our military appreciation night, which is a big deal here to our university, to me personally, and to our football team, and excited to share the evening with the active military and retired military personnel that will be here. And on top of that, it’s a night for our seniors to have their last home ACC game against an in-state football team who’s very potent on offense and does a lot of really good things schematically with a lot of veteran players. And on defense, again, you see a bunch of guys that have played for them. They do a lot of different things schematically, and you see some guys that are disruptive. They chase the ball. They play hard. And so great opportunity for us to play an in-state game here against a team that has always given us a great game, and look forward to the opportunity to play against them.

Q. You guys still have a chance to finish with a 10- win season, which would be the first in quite a while there. I’m wondering if that’s something that even gets talked about among you guys or if that’s something to think about once the regular season ends.

DAVE DOEREN: You know, I think it’s talked about in our locker room probably more than it is with me. We try to keep things mainstream with the game we’re playing and know that we’re not going to win 10 if we don’t win the next one. Everything is about staying undefeated at home. That’s the biggest thing we’ve been talking about with our team, and that’s something that was a team goal of ours when we started training camp, and Wake Forest is the next team in the way to keep that relevant for our guys. But the beginning of every year your team always talks about the end-of-the-year goals, and obviously being better than last year’s team is one of them. This is the next step in doing that.

Q. A lot of coaches talk about that double-digit mark, 10, 11, 12, and how —

DAVE DOEREN: Right.

Q. — important that is just in building a program. So I want to ask you that; how important is it to get to double digits to show just the growth and where you are right now as a program?

DAVE DOEREN: I think any time you finish ahead of where you finished the year before, particularly when the last year for us was the best one we’ve had since I’ve been here, you’re showing progress, and you’re building a program and then you’re trying to maintain a level of excellence and improve. Getting to 10 wins for us is kind of that benchmark because we’ve had nine, and so I think every senior class that I’ve ever coached wants to leave their legacy, and for this group right here, being undefeated at home, it hasn’t been done in 32 years. Being better than last year’s team, which would put us at 10 wins or more, those are two things that are important to them. But the process of getting there can’t be thinking about the end. It’s got to be thinking about how to get there, and that’s kind of — you come in our building, we don’t have our schedule on the wall, we have the next team we play, and that’s it.

Q. How important was what you saw out of your team last weekend, being able to bounce back after the previous couple of weeks?

DAVE DOEREN: Yeah, it’s very important. You know, and I thought our guys played really well at Syracuse in a lot of ways and gave ourselves a chance to win that football game. I don’t feel like we didn’t bounce back from Clemson. We just didn’t win the game. They’re a really good team, and we had a chance to win the game. So getting back in the win column obviously makes everybody feel better, there’s no doubt, but I thought our guys bounced back from our loss at Clemson and put together a really good week of prep for Syracuse and didn’t get it done, and again, Florida State we played much better. We won the turnover margin, and we didn’t do that at Syracuse, and that’s — for me, we’re undefeated this season when we’re even or better in turnover margin, and I think in my tenure at NC State we’re 25-7 when that happens. That’s a pretty big deal when you get that part of the game won.

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NC State Picks Up 1st Win at Louisville, Stomping the Cardinals 52-10

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NC State was a 16-point favorite against Louisville today, and unlike last week, they were more than able to cover such a large spread, stomping the Cardinals 52-10 on their own turf.

The Wolfpack picked up their 1st victory ever at Louisville, and improved to 7-3 on the year.

After going 3-and-out on the opening drive, and allowing Louisville to march down and kick a field goal, NC State managed to score 45 unanswered points thereafter.

For the 5th time in 2018, the Wolfpack put up 500+ yards of total offense, putting 518 on the Cardinals. Redshirt Graduate Senior Quarterback Ryan Finley passed for 316 yards, completing 72.2% of his passes, for a career high 4 touchdowns (0 interceptions). After today’s efforts, he moved into 2nd all-time in school history in career passing yards.

Three Wolfpack receivers had 7 receptions, and each one of them snagged a touchdown. Junior Kelvin Harmon had 7 receptions for 100 yards and a touchdown. Harmon became only the third receiver in school history to have two seasons of over 1,000 yards receiving. Redshirt Junior Jakobi Meyers had 7 receptions for 96 yards and a touchdown, and Sophomore Emeka Emezie had 7 receptions for 72 yards and a touchdown.

Senior Running Back Reggie Gallaspy gave NC State the boost in the rushing game they’ve been needing, carrying the ball 11 times for 73 yards and 2 touchdowns, and also had 2 receptions for 11 yards and a touchdown.

NC State has been wanting to score more touchdowns in the red zone, and today they got it across the goal line 6 out of their 7 trips into the red zone. Freshman Place Kicker Chris Dunn kicked a field goal on the other trip, making the Wolfpack a perfect 7 of 7 on the day.

Redshirt Graduate Senior Linebacker Germaine Pratt and Freshman Nickelback Tanner Ingle led the Pack in tackles, with 7. The Wolfpack had 7 tackles for loss and 3 sacks. While they may have given up 411 yards of total offense, much of it came when the Wolfpack offense was filled with reserves.

NC State finished the day +2 in turnover margin.

The Wolfpack are now 7-3, and will head to Chapel Hill next Saturday, for a 12:20pm kickoff.

 

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Ryan Finley Moves Into 2nd Place In NC State History in Passing Yards

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Redshirt Graduate Senior Quarterback Ryan Finley passed Jamie Barnette today, moving into 2nd place all-time in career passing yards.

NC State Career Passing Yard Leaders
1) Philip Rivers – 13,484
2) Ryan Finley – 9,757
3) Jamie Barnette – 9,461
4) Russell Wilson – 8,545
5) Mike Glennon – 7,411

Finley currently ranks 8th all-time in career passing yards in ACC history.

If Finley plays in the bowl game, he is on pace to finish his career with 10,711 passing yards, which would rank 3rd in ACC history. Keep in mind, the two guys ahead of him played 4 seasons, instead of his three.

 

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Kelvin Harmon Becomes 3rd NC State Receiver With Two 1,000 Yards Seasons

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Junior Wide Receiver Kelvin joined an elite club today, becoming only the third receiver in NC State history to have two seasons of 1,000 receiving yards.

The other 2 receivers to pull off the feat:

Torry Holt – 1997 (1,099) & 1998 (1,604)
Jerricho Cotchery  – 2002 (1,192) & 2003 (1,369)
Kelvin Harmon – 2017 (1,017) & 2018 (Currently – 1,065 yards)

Harmon is on pace to finish the season with 1,361 receiving yards (if he plays in the bowl game), which would be the third most by a receiver in a single season in NC State history, and tied for the 7th most in ACC history.

Most Receiving Yards in a Single Season in NC State History

  1. Torry Holt 1,604 – 1008
  2. Jerricho Cotchery – 1,369
  3. Kelvin Harmon – on pace for 1,361

Most Receiving Yards in a Single Season in ACC History

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