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West Virginia 44 NC State 27: OUR TAKE

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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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3 Comments

  1. next year hell why not this year

    September 14, 2019 at 6:07 pm

    It’s troubling that the coaching staff cannot see what is plain to the fans. McKay is NOT what NC State needs at quarterback. It’s not fair to McKay and it’s not fair to the other quarterbacks on the roster. And it’s not fair to State fans! I happen to think State needs another quarterback and another HEAD COACH! IF McKay is the best we have, it is all the more damning!

  2. Landry

    September 14, 2019 at 5:27 pm

    I think it’s time to start weaving in one of our other QBs. It’s clear McKay can’t throw the ball well. I saw this in the first two games & it was amplified today.

    • Onemanwvulfpacker

      September 15, 2019 at 12:46 am

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

      Great game by Sam James, and yes it was a “career high” although it may warrant the disclaimer that he redshirted in 2018, and this was his third game as a starter.

      NC State played well offensively up until the third quarter. The defense gave up too many big plays though. Good non-conference game. 2-1, could be worse for both teams.

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Former NC State Offensive Lineman Justin Chase Transfers to ECU

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Offensive Lineman Justin Chase announced he was transferring from NC State back on December 1st.

Now we know where he will be playing his final year of eligibility.

Chase is transferring to East Carolina as a Graduate Transfer.

Chase only saw action in the first two games of last season for the Wolfpack, playing 2 snaps against ECU, and 12 against Western Carolina. He was a 3-Star prospect in the Wolfpack’s 2016 recruiting class.

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NC State’s Dave Doeren Buys Lunch for Rex Hospital Employees

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Earlier this week, NC State head football coach Dave Doeren bought lunch for 100 employees at Rex Hospital in Raleigh.

The food bought was from Moe’s Southwest Grill.

Rex is where NC State sends their players if they need to go to the hospital.

Alan Wolf, media relations manager for Rex Healthcare, told Jonas Pope IV of the News & Observer how much Doeren’s generosity meant.

“It’s a stressful time to be at the hospital,” Wolf told the N&O on Tuesday. “These are folks on the front line of helping patients through this pandemic. To have an outpouring of support from people like coach Doeren and those in the community who have donated all sorts of food, lunches, meals, it’s been an amazing thing to see.”

“It’s thoughtful, it’s generous and it’s heartwarming,” Wolf said. “When you’re in the hospital for however long your shift is and all of a sudden there’s a boxed lunch that a football coach donated, it means the world.” (N&O)

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2020 Vegas Odds: NC State Football Regular Season Wins: 4.5

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After a rough 2019, in which NC State’s football team posted a 4-8 (1-7) record, every Wolfpack fan is looking for a glimmer of hope that 2020 will yield better results.

Welp.

Vegas has released their odds for the 2020 college football season, and NC State is projected to win 4.5 regular season games, missing a bowl for the second straight year.

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According to their projections, here’s how ACC football teams are projected to improve or worsen in 2020.

Boston College: -1
Clemson: -0.5
Duke: +2.5
FSU: +1.5
Georgia Tech: –
Louisville: +0.5
Miami: +3
NC State: +0.5
UNC: +2.5
Pitt: -0.5
Syracuse: +0.5
Virginia: -2.5
Virginia Tech: –
Wake Forest: -1

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NC State Ranks 4th in the ACC in Football Revenue

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FootballScoop shared their research last week on the highest grossing college football teams, and NC State ranked 4th in the ACC.

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1. Florida State — $69 million
2. Clemson — $61 million
3. Miami — $56 million
4. NC State — $46 million
5. Syracuse — $44 million (FootballScoop)

The dates of their research were from July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019.

For some perspective, the ACC doesn’t have a school ranked in the Top-15 nationally.

Power 5 — Top 15
1. Texas — $156 million
2. Georgia — $123 million
3. Michigan — $122 million
4. Notre Dame — $116 million
5. Ohio State — $115 million
6. Penn State — $100 million
7. Auburn — $95 million
8. Oklahoma — $94.8 million
9. Alabama — $94.6 million
10. Nebraska — $94.3 million
11. LSU — $92 million
12. Tennessee — $91 million
13. Wisconsin — $90 million
14. Florida — $85 million
15. Washington — $84 million (FootballScoop)

Wake Forest is tied for the 2nd lowest Football Revenue out of all the Power 5 schools, and Boston College ranks 5th.

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