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Previewing NC State’s Opponent: Western Carolina



A win for Western Carolina today would be the biggest victory in school history. Period.

The FCS program is 0-55 all-time against FBS opponents.

That would seem like a big ask today, considering the fact that the 44.5-point underdogs have lost 9 straight games dating back to last season.

The Catamounts return 6 starters on offense and 5 starters on defense.

Their offense is built around the option, like Doeren described at his weekly press conference earlier this week.

“It’s a spread option, zone read option spread out, RPO offense so it’ll be a really good fundamental game for our defense,” said Doeren. “A lot of formations.”

The guy that makes the whole offense happen is Redshirt Senior Tyrie Adams, who is the SoCon Preseason Offensive Player of the Year. He earned 1st Team All-SoCon honors last year, and is a preseason FCS All-American this year. Adams threw for 1,714 yards last season (64.6%) with 16 touchdowns (4 interceptions) last season679. He also rushed for 678 yards (5.5 yards per carry) last year with 7 touchdowns. In the season opener last week against Mercer, he threw for 318 yards (65.8%) with 2 touchdowns (1 interception), and rushed for 34 yards and a touchdown.

NC State is familiar with Western Carolina’s True Freshman Running Back Syheam McQueen, who played for Scotland County. He averaged 6.1 yards per carry last week in his debut.

Junior Tight End Owen Cosenke only had 19 receptions last season, but half of them were touchdowns. Last week he came out with a bang, collecting 6 receptions for 63 yards and a touchdown. Cosenke is preseason all-conference.

Redshirt Senior Wide Receiver Nate Mullen is the Catamounts leading returning receiver, snatching 55 passes last year for 600 yards and 2 touchdowns. He is the only other team captain alongside Adams.

In Week 1, Mullen wasn’t the top receiver though. Redshirt Sophomore D.J. Thorpe was the star receiver last week, reeling in 6 receptions for 130 yards. Mullen is only playing his second season at receiver, being converted from quarterback to wideout prior to last season. The 6 receptions last week match his total from all of last season.

Doeren mentioned all three Western Carolina receivers at his press conference, and the third is Redshirt Junior Daquan Patten. He might stand only 5’6″, but he had 39 receptions for 567 yards and 5 touchdowns in 2018. He received a scholarship at the first team meeting this preseason, and is a preseason all-conference player. Last week Patten had 6 receptions for 74 yards and a touchdown.

Describing the Catamounts defense, Doeren said they do a lot of things to mix up their looks.

“Defensively they are very multiple so a lot different than last week’s defense. These guys run a lot of different looks,” said Doeren. “They are in three-down, they’re in four-down. They are a multiple coverage team.”

Doeren singled out Sophomore Nose Tackle Adam Henderson, who had 28 tackles, 5 tackles for loss and 2 sacks as a True Freshman last year. Last week he had 7 tackles against Mercer, which is an impressive total for a Nose Tackle.

Western Carolina’s returning leading tackler is Redshirt Junior SAM Linebacker Michael Murphy, who had 92 tackles, 5 tackles for loss, and 5 passes defended. Junior BUCK Linebacker Trevor Childers was the star last week, exploding for 10 tackles against Mercer, with 2 of those going for a loss. Childers is stepping up in 2019, playing as a reserve all last season, finishing the year with only 9 stops.


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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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