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Previewing NC State’s Opponent: Wake Forest

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Wake Forest’s 2018 football season has been plagued by injuries. Prior to the season even beginning, 6 Demon Deacons were out for the year, and 6 more have suffered season ending injuries since it began.

The most recent is starting Freshman quarterback Sam Hartman, who broke a bone in his foot last Saturday against Syracuse. He will be replaced tonight with Sophomore Jamie Newman.

Newman was a 3-star prospect out of Graham High School (Graham, North Carolina), that also held offers from NC State, Duke, Boston College Wake Forest, and Vanderbilt. In limited action the past two seasons, Newman is 9 of 19 for 83 yards and 2 interceptions.

Sophomore slot receiver Greg Dortch is one of the most dangerous players in the ACC. He currently leads the conference in all-purpose yards per game (157.7), and ranks 5th nationally. He leads the ACC in receptions per game (7.7), and ranks 2nd in receiving yards per game (94.0).

The Demon Deacons have two running backs that have rushed for over 600 yards, and are averaging 5+ yards per carry. Senior Matt Colburn II has rushed for 670 yards (5.0 ypc) and 5 touchdowns. Junior Cade Carney has rushed for 601 yards (5.1 ypc) and 6 touchdowns. Wake Forest averages 224.4 yards per game, which ranks 24th nationally.

Wake Forest boasts the 2nd-fastest offense in the nation, running a play every 19.65 seconds. They also rank 14th nationally in 1st Downs.

On the whole, the Demon Deacons are averaging 453.4 yards per game, which ranks 30th nationally (NC State ranks 27th), but they will be without their starting quarterback tonight.

While Wake Forest is solid on the offensive side of the ball, they are abysmal on the defensive side, giving up an insane 493.6 yards per game, which ranks 122nd nationally (130 total schools). They are equally bad at stopping the run (221) and the pass (272.6), ranking 115th nationally in both.

The Demon Deacons have two players that rank in the Top-10 in tackles per game, with both Cameron Glenn and Justin Strnad tied for 8th in the ACC, averaging 8.1 tackles per game. When you give up close to 500 yards per game, there are plenty of opportunities for tackles. Strnad also has 6 tackles for loss, as does Carlos Basham Jr. Essang Bassey ranks second in the conference in passes defended (13).

 

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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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