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Dave Doeren’s Press Conference After WCU: BULLETED



Wolfpack head coach Dave Doeren spoke with the media after NC State’s 41-0 victory over Western Carolina yesterday. You can watch the press conference here, or check out a bulleted breakdown below.

Opening Statement

  • Really proud of a lot of the guys in the game.
    • Shutout
    • Hold a team to eight yards rushing.
  • Started slow on offense…then got the run going
  • Great for Bam Knight to get 1st 100-yard game.
  • Jordan Houston gave good spark in second half. Change of pace.
  • Tight Ends got involved in passing game.
    • 7 catches.
  • Good to see takeaway at end of the game.
  • Played 4 quarters.
  • Played a ton of guys.
  • 3 penalties today. Improved from 6.
  • Outstanding on 3rd down defense.
  • Red Zone offense much better.


  • Kept the ball in front
  • Tackled well
  • No explosive plays
  • Didn’t score any points.

Zonovan Knight…

  • Didn’t handle Summer hype well.
    • Big head this summer.
    • Read press clippings too much.
    • Thought it was going to be easy.
    • Defensive Ends got after him and put him in his place in camp.
    • It’s a good experience to be humbled.
    • Finished camp well.
  • Ran really hard today.
    • Lot of good yards after contact.
    • He’s physical.
    • Gets north and south.
    • 200-pounder, but he runs hard…behind his pads…drives legs on contact
    • Likes how he fights for extra yards and takes care of the ball.

Slow start on Offense…

  • Today, I was disappointed in slow start offensively.
  • Matt McKay wasn’t very sharp in the 1st. Didn’t give run game an opportunity with 2 incompletions in the 1st drive, but then he just kind of settled in.

Alim McNeil…

  • Alim has to learn how good he can be.
  • Probably never had to work as hard as he’s working now in high school
    • He could get away with it because of how talented he is.
  • High-potential guy
  • Still learning what he can be for us.
  • It’s consistency, focus, and work ethic, because I think he could be a tremendous player, but Val Martin works harder than him, period.
  • As he continues to pick up his work ethic, he’s going to be a really, really good player.
  • The 1 thing we reward here is hard work, and if you’re the same guy over and over and over, you’ll be rewarded for that.

Trenton Gill Kicking it out of bounds twice…

  • 2 years…hasn’t kicked it out of bounds once.
  • Didn’t expect it.
  • Hope it never happens again.
  • He’s done a really good job on kickoffs.

Cecil Powell…

  • Played on both sides of the ball.
  • Great to get him a catch wearing C.J. Riley’s number.
  • 2-way player in high school.
  • May be fastest guy on the team.
  • Just trying to use our roster.
  • Also a guy back catching kicks.
  • Really, really talented kid.
    • Trying to get him on the field.

Downfield passing…

  • Has to get a lot better. Has to get a lot better.
  • Won’t run for 300 yards on ACC teams if you can’t throw down field. Not going to happen.

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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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