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NC State 41 Western Carolina: OUR TAKE



The Wolfpack improved to 2-0 today, shutting out the Catamounts 41-0 in Carter-Finley Stadium. Here’s OUR TAKE.


NC State ran the ball with a vengeance this afternoon in a 41-0 victory over Western Carolina in their second game of 2019.

The Wolfpack had more pass attempts in Week 1 against ECU, but that was far from the case today. They rushed the ball a whopping 53 times for 309 yards, compared to 33 pass attempts for 231 yards.

Today marks the first time NC State has rushed for 300+ yards November 28th, 2015.

True Freshman Zonovan Knight rushed for over 100 yards in only his second collegiate game, rushing for 119 yards (6.6 yards per carry) and 2 touchdowns. He is the quickest player to rush for 100-yards since Tremayne Stephens crossed the century mark in his first career game back in 1994.

Another True Freshman Jordan Houston showed his big-play making ability, rushing 8 times for 73 yards (9.1 yards per carry) and a touchdown.

Sophomore Ricky Person also rushed for a touchdown, making that 4 on the day by the Wolfpack running backs. He had 10 carries for 51 yards.

Redshirt Sophomore Matt McKay was efficient once again, though he continued to show a propensity to over throw his receivers. He was 18 of 28 (64.3%) for 200 yards and a touchdown (0 interceptions), with a passing efficiency rating of 136.1.

McKay did all of his damage in the first three quarters, with Redshirt Sophomore Bailey Hockman coming into spell him at the end of the 3rd quarter. Hockman was 4 of 5 for 31 yards.

For the second week in a row 10 different receivers caught a pass. The Tight Ends had something like 19 receptions last season. Today, they combined for 7 receptions. Redshirt Junior Cary Angeline led the team with 4 receptions and 47 receiving yards with a touchdown. Redshirt Junior Dylan Autenrieth also had 3 receptions for 40 yards.


On the defensive side of the ball, NC State held Western Carolina to a measly 106 yards of total offense on the day. The Catamounts rushed for an enormous 8 yards.

Sophomore Free Safety Tanner Ingle led the Pack with 5 tackles, and Sophomore Tyler Baker-Williams led the team with 2 pass breakups. The Wolfpack had 3 sacks, with Sophomore Nose Tackle Alim McNeil and Redshirt Sophomore Defensive End Xavier Lyas each grabbing one, and Redshirt Sophomore Defensive End Ibrahim Kante and Redshirt Freshman Defensive End Joseph Boletepeli sharing the other one.

Sophomore Chris Dunn has now made 19 straight field goals, knocking in both of his field goal attempts (32 & 25).


Graduate Redshirt Senior Defensive End James Smith-Williams came out of the locker room at halftime with a boot on his foot, but the x-rays came back negative.

Also, Senior Nick McCloud was hurt last week, and didn’t play today.

Redshirt Freshman Running Back Trent Pennix left the game with what looked liked a concussion.

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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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