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Consecutive 9-Win Seasons at NC State is Far From Settling for Mediocrity



Ever since Dave Doeren took the head coaching job at NC State, the Wolfpack’s mantra has been 1Pack1Goal.

The concise definition of the term:


The Wolfpack haven’t won a conference championship since 1979, which is the longest drought of any team in the ACC.

Did NC State win an ACC title in 2018?


Does that mean 2018 was a disappointment?

Absolutely not.

This years squad was only the 12th team in 126 years of football at NC State to win 9 games in a single season.

2018: 9-4 (Doeren)
2017 – 9-4 (Final Ranking: 23rd) (Doeren)

2010 – 9-4 (Final Ranking: 25th) (O’Brien)
2002 – 11-3 (Final Ranking: 12th) (Amato)
1994 – 9-3 (Final Ranking: 17th) (O’Cain)
1992 – 9-3-1 (Final Ranking: 17th) (Sheridan)
1991 – 9-3 (Final Ranking: 24th) (Sheridan)
1978 – 9-3 (Final Ranking: 18th) (Rein)
1974 – 9-2-1 (Final Ranking: 11th) (Holtz)
1973 – 9-3 (Final Ranking: 16th) (Holtz)
1967 – 9-2 (Edwards)
1927 – 9-1 (Tebell)

NC State won 9 games in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1991-92, and the third time in school history.

2018: 9-4 (Doeren)
2017: 9-4 (Doeren)

1992: 9-3-1 (Sheridan)
1992: 9-3 (Sheridan)

1974: 9-2-1 (Holtz)
1973: 9-3 (Holtz)

The Wolfpack are tied for the 2nd best conference record in the ACC over the past two years, behind only the Clemson Tigers.

Clemson – 15-1
NC State – 11-5
Miami – 11-5
Virginia Tech – 10-6
Pitt – 9-7
Georgia Tech 9-7
Boston College – 8-8
Syracuse – 8-8
Virginia- 7-9
Wake Forest – 7-9
Duke – 6-10
Florida State – 6-10
Louisville – 4-12
UNC – 2-14

NC State has won 5+ ACC games in consecutive years for the 1st time since 1991-92, and only the 4th time since the formation of the ACC in 1953.

2017: 6-2
2018: 5-3

1991: 5-2
1992: 6-2

1966: 5-2
1967: 5-1
1968: 6-1

1963: 6-1
1964: 5-2

What Doeren, his staff, and players have accomplished the past two years isn’t normal at NC State.

Truthfully, it’s unprecedented.

None of the players on his roster were alive the last time the Wolfpack recorded back-to-back 9-win seasons.

Only 9.5% of NC State’s football teams have won 9 games.

Did 9 wins equal an ACC championship in 2018?

No it didn’t.

Does that mean being pleased with 9 wins is settling for mediocrity?


Mediocre means different things in different contexts.

If Alabama or Clemson started churning out 9-win seasons, and their coaches, players and fans were pleased with it, I would argue they were settling for mediocrity.

When you do something that hasn’t been done in 26 years, that is far from the definition of mediocre.

It’s called a step towards 1Pack1Goal being a reality.

NC State has logged consecutive recruiting classes ranked in the Top-30 according to 247Sports for the 1st time in the history of their database.

Thats a step.

Don’t accuse me of wearing Rose Colored Glasses.

There are reasons to be disappointed in 2018. Losing to Wake Forest in consecutive years is unacceptable. Clemson and Texas A&M were simply more talented, but Syracuse wasn’t. The Pack started that game like zombies with pads on. Doeren has yet to beat a team that has finished ranked in the Top-25 in the final poll. The continual struggles in the Wolfpack secondary are obviously concerning.

With that being said, the past two years have been good. In fact, they have been two of the best years of NC State Football, but NC State ‘best’ isnt ‘Great’ yet. It can be, but it will take more ‘good’ years.

Everyone wants to be great, but you have to learn to be good before you sniff greatness.

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Dave Doeren’s Press Conference After WVU: BULLETED



Head Coach Dave Doeren met with the media in his postgame press conference after NC State’s 44-27 loss to West Virginia yesterday. You can watch the video here, or check out a bulleted breakdown below.

  • 1st half did some good things offensively.
  • 2nd half couldn’t stop edges of their run game.
  • Give them credit. Did a lot of different things than we’d seen.
  • Adjusted, but didn’t do a good job getting players to understand adjustments.
  • Coaches have to own the loss first and foremost. Players have to be able to take the coaching.
  • Not ourselves.
  • Blocked punt a major mistake on mental error. Catchup from that point, & weren’t throwing ball well enough for that.
  • 5 of 17 on third down.
  • When you give up 200 yards rushing it’s hard to win.
  • We won’t let this game define us.

Touchdown struggles in 2nd half…

  • Multitude of things.
    • Dropped passes
    • Batted balls when we had guys open.
    • We ran the ball well into the boundary in 1st. They adjusted.
    • They won battle of the trenches today.

Run Defense issues…

  • Couldn’t stop the edges.
  • Have to be able to adjust during the game.

Matt McKay…

  • Did some good things.
  • Don’t think he played rattled.
  • Calm on sidelines.
  • Could do a lot of things better obviously.
  • A lot of things that happen are out of his control.
    • Dropped passes.
    • Not running the route right.
  • Easy to blame me. I’ll take it. Easy to blame QB, but there’s a lot of people involved, and all have to own it.




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West Virginia 44 NC State 27: ACCDN HIGHLIGHT REEL



NC State lost their first game of the season today to West Virginia on the road, falling to the Mountaineers 44-27 in Morgantown. The ACC Digital Network’s Highlight Reel is below.

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West Virginia 44 NC State 27: OUR TAKE



There wasn’t much to like about NC State’s performance this afternoon in a 44-27 blowout on the road at West Virginia.

The Wolfpack entered the game as 7-point favorites, and ended up losing by 17.

Excuses could be made.

Graduate Redshirt Senior Defensive End James Smith-Williams and Senior Cornerback Nick McCloud were unable to play. Both are captains, and both are starters. Redshirt Freshman Joseph Boletepeli was also out of commission.

With that being said, excuses don’t need to be made here. They won’t cover up what was a completely lack luster performance on both sides of the ball for the Wolfpack.

An anemic Mountaineers offense came alive against NC State today, for 445 yards of Total Offense.

Redshirt Junior Quarterback Austin Kendall had his coming out party against a rowdy home crowd. It’s funny how players always love to have career efforts against NC State, but I digress. Kendall is no slouch. He was a 4-Star prospect coming out of high school, committing to Oklahoma, before transferring to West Virginia to be the man to fill the shoes of Will Grier. He looked the part today, completing 27 of 40 passes for 272 yards with 3 touchdowns (1 interception) for a passing efficiency rating of 144.4.

Wide Receiver Sam James put on a clinic, with 9 receptions (career high) for 155 yards (career high) and a touchdown.

The Mountaineers averaged 1.1 yards per carry the first two games, and managed to average 6.2 today.

NC State’s offense struggled, due in large part to the struggles of Redshirt Sophomore Matt McKay. He wasn’t sharp, and didn’t look ready for this stage. I’m not saying he can’t get there, but it was a rough outing. He was overthrowing, under-throwing, throwing behind, etc. McKay finished the day 23 of 48 for 207 yards with 1 touchdown (0 interceptions).

Junior Wide Receiver Emeka Emezie was his target of choice, targeting him an insane 23 times. Emezie finished with 12 receptions for 103 yards. It was good to see Redshirt Junior Tight End Cary Angeline being featured two weeks in a row, reeling in 4 receptions for 74 yards and a touchdown.

Freshman Zonovan Knight and Sophomore Ricky Person were both effective today. Knight had 72 yards rushing (6.0 yards per carry), and Person had 52 yards (4.7 yards per carry).

The total yardage left much to be desired, producing 369 yards of total offense, but they didn’t turn the ball over, and put up 27 points on the road in a hostile environment. The defense giving up 44 points is what should be sending the biggest alarm bells off.

The Wolfpack will try to get the train back on the tracks next week, hosting Ball State at 7pm in Carter-Finley Stadium.

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West Virginia 44 NC State 27: BOX SCORE



NC State fell 44-27 on the road against West Virginia this afternoon, falling to 2-1 on the year. The box score is below.

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