Very, very bad.
What Dave Doeren’s Wolfpack put on the field today in Chestnut Hill was an embarrassment, losing to Boston College…
Losing to a team that is better than you gets old, but can be understood. NC State was a 3-point favorite, and lost by 21.
What can’t be understood is a complete lack of composure, fundamentals, effort and preparation. The amount of missed tackles were astronomical.
What can’t be understood is Junior Wide Receiver Emeka Emezie dropping pass after pass. For what it’s worth, Emezie wasn’t the only other player with butter fingers.
What can’t be understood is the offensive play calling. The Co-Offensive Coordinator project has been a bust.
What can’t be understood is rushing for 56 yards against a team that allows opponents to rush for an average of 191.8 yards.
What can’t be understood is allowing the Eagles to rush for 429 yards. I don’t care that they are the best rushing team in the ACC. That should NEVER happen. 429 FREAKING YARDS. A.J. Dillon rushed for 223 yards and 3 touchdowns, and David Bailey rushed for 181 yards and 2 touchdowns. NC State had only given up 400 yards through the first 6 games. The Eagles rushed for 429 yards today. I just had to say it one more time.
What can’t be understood is that Devin Leary was the 3rd string Quarterback. What can’t be understood is that it took the coaching staff this long to give him this shot. In a short sample of work, he simply passes the eye test. It seems blatantly obvious that he’s the better choice.
I didn’t want to say anything positive about this game, but I’ll give a shoutout or two.
Redshirt Freshman Wide Receiver Devin Carter had a breakout performance, with 6 receptions for 140 yards.
Redshirt Sophomore Wide Receiver Thayer Thomas had 2 touchdown receptions, and 47 yards receiving.
Freshman Quarterback Devin Leary has some areas to work on, but the intangibles are there. Leary was 15 of 33 for 259 yards and 3 touchdowns (0 interceptions). Honestly, it shouldn’t even be a conversation. Leary should start for the Wolfpack against Wake Forest in two weeks. If that’s not the plan, Wolfpack fans will revolt.
NC State has next week off before they head up to dreaded Winston-Salem to face Wake Forest, who is always a thorn in the side of the Wolfpack.
This team is young. This team is injured. But I don’t want to hear a word about it.
Those are poor excuses.
The players that were able to play are better and more capable than that.
A lot of souls need to be searched, beginning with the coaching staff.