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VIDEO: Dave Doeren’s Press Conference After Wake Forest

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Wolfpack Head Coach Dave Doeren spoke with the media in his postgame press conference after his team lost to Wake Forest 23-27, falling to 6-3.

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“I take responsibility anytime my team doesn’t play the way that it can and I do. We had a lot of opportunities and there is a lot of things that happened throughout the course of the game that led to the result. There is a lot of critical downs in the red zone where we didn’t get touchdowns for a variety of reasons. Settled for three field goals. We had some drops that were very uncharacteristic of guys on our team that cost us points or first down. We didn’t win the line of scrimmage, offensive line against their defensive line. They did a nice job with their scheme and we didn’t adjust well enough. I thought we played in the first half on defense pretty well and then the second half – particularly in the fourth quarter – gave up some explosive plays and the last play we were on a blitz and had a bust. We had a safety there to tackle it and he ran into somebody. Disappointing. Very disappointing. I thought we prepared well, but you get in the red zone as many times as we did in the first half and only get 13 points and you can’t put the game away when you had the chance there at the end, gotta make some plays there and obviously have to do a better job giving our guys a chance to make those plays. I own that.

“I don’t know exactly if it is that or was it senior night for some of those guys or was it something else? I definitely don’t think offensively we were crisp in the first half. What was the exact reason for that? I’m not sure. Was it the talk of what they could end up being? Was it the talk of seniors and three offensive linemen being seniors and being emotional at the beginning of the game? I’m not sure.”

“They threw two bombs and made really good catches. Those were two really good plays by them. I don’t think they did anything other than chuck it and have two really good catches made by receivers. We had defensive backs on them and they made great plays right there. You have to give them credit. One of the other drives they started running their quarterback. They hadn’t done that play in the first half so it was a new play. They started flaring their back and pulling their tackle. The defense we had been playing was working very well against the rest of their run game so that was a good adjustment by them. They got us on a little pick play. It wasn’t illegal, but they ran a rub route and our guy couldn’t get over the top on (WR-Greg) Dortch on the one that he caught. That was a good play by them, but with all that being said we had plenty of other chances to put that game away and they made more plays than us. That’s really what it comes down to.”

“You saw penetration in different places, sometimes it was an end coming inside, sometimes it was a backside linebacker, sometimes it was a three technique, but it was a variety of thing we weren’t doing well and not executing and picking up things they were doing.. We rushed 27 times for 47 yards and in a game where you had a lead, could you run the football there and adjust better and stay on blocks and finish and all the things that we coach and our guys have been better at throughout the season just didn’t happen tonight. We have to get back to work and fix that.”

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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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