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NC State Gets Obliterated By Wake Forest 44-10

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NC State fell to 4-4 on the year today, getting absolutely demolished by Wake Forest 44-10 up in Winston-Salem.

At the end of the year, there is a good chance that no more wins will be added to the win column, and 4 more losses will be added to the other side.

I guess you could make an argument that the Wolfpack can beat Georgia Tech on November 21st, but that’s no guarantee.

I expected NC State to lose to Wake Forest today, but I didn’t expect them to lose by 34 points.

I understand that the Wolfpack have been decimated by injuries. I understand that the team is really young. I understand that all of this has resulted in a huge lack of experience, leadership, continuity and consistency.

But honestly…

Wake Forest is one of the most experienced teams in the ACC, but they also have the least amount of talent on their roster according to 247Sports Team Talent Composite. What that tells me is that Dave Clawson deserves to win the ACC Coach of the Year Award.

The Demon Deacons were destined to score a junk-load of points, and that they did. Even though NC State was injury riddled, the Wolfpack were only able to put up 265 yards of offense on a team that has given up a clean 500 per game in ACC play.

NC State had zero answers for stopping Redshirt Junior Quarterback Jamie Newman, who was basically perfect once again, throwing for 287 yards and 3 touchdowns (155.7 Passing Efficiency Rating), and also rushed for 2 more.

Redshirt Freshman Wolfpack Quarterback Devin Leary earned his first career start, and maybe fans who were clamoring for him to be the starter all year are quiet this afternoon. Leary looked like a 3rd string quarterback, which is what he was at the start of the year. He completed 17 of 45 for 149 yards and 1 touchdown, to go with 2 interceptions. He honestly could have thrown a handful of other passes to the other team.

To add insult to injury, Freshman Running Back Zonovan Knight left the game with an injury, and didn’t return.

The 1st quarter was one of the worst quarters of football I’ve ever watched.

This Wake Forest team is better than I thought. This NC State team is way worse than I thought.

Glass half full moment. Redshirt Freshman Linebacker Payton Wilson is a bad man, logging a career high 11 tackles, and his good friend Freshman Linebacker Thomas had 8 tackles, 2 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks.

There are a lot of good pieces on this Wolfpack team. The future isn’t dismal, but fans need to brace themselves for a very bumpy ride the rest of the way.

 

 

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  1. next year hell why not this year

    November 2, 2019 at 6:27 pm

    Ok, I’m desparate, but I liked a lot of what I saw of Devin Leary. His performance was detrimentally affected by his receivers’ routes, hands, and lack of willingness to fight for the ball. The play calling didn’t help either because the same hitch patterns to the sidelines were thrown so often that the defenders could beat the receiver to the ball. Yes, some passes were badly thrown and/or placed. A number of them could have been intercepted. Still, Leary stood in there and delivered the ball. Some passes were praiseworthy.

    Leary did not lose the game all by himself. There were many on offense, defense, sideline, and booth responsible for the debacle today.

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NC State DE Xavier Lyas Enters Transfer Portal

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NC State Redshirt Sophomore Defensive End Xavier Lyas has officially entered his name into the Transfer Portal.

Lyas has flashed his potential all season long, collecting 4.0 sacks (4.5 tackles for loss) on the year, but that has all come in very limited playing time. The most snaps he has played in a game is 19 against Wake Forest.

There is a lot of depth at the Defensive End position, and there aren’t as many snaps to go around with the Pack primarily running a 3-3-5 defensive scheme. Also, there’s a lot of buzz surrounding Jeffrey Gunter, who is a transfer from Coastal Carolina who is sitting out this season, meaning that he won’t likely be guaranteed snaps next season.

Lyas was listed as James Smith-Williams backup against Clemson, but he likely missed the contest due to transferring, and not injury.

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Mr. and Mrs. Wuf Wore BLACK for the RED OUT, Which was Fitting

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It was supposed to be a RED OUT in Carter-Finley Stadium tonight for the Wolfpack’s Homecoming game versus Clemson.

Maybe in the most ironic moment of the night, Mr. and Mrs. Wuf were on the field dancing with the Dance Team in all black.

That was fitting.

NC State was a lifeless team tonight, suffering a 55-10 beat down at the hands of Clemson.

The Wolfpack entered the game with an injury epidemic.

The following players have been lost for the year.

Redshirt Junior Right Tackle Justin Witt
Junior Cornerback Chris Ingram
Redshirt Junior Wide Receiver C.J. Riley
Redshirt Junior Tight End Dylan Autenrieth (Captain)
Graduate Redshirt Senior Left Tackle Tyrone Riley
Redshirt Freshman Cornerback Taiyon Palmer
Sophomore Cornerback Teshaun Smith

Tonight, the Wolfpack were without starting Linebackers Louis Acceus (Junior) and Isaiah Moore (Redshirt Sophomore) due to injury. Reserves Free Safety Isaiah Stallings (Redshirt Junior) and Defensive End Xavier Lyas (Redshirt Sophomore) both were unable to go tonight.

Starting Offensive Lineman Joe Sculthorpe was suspended for the contest.

Things didn’t end there.

Starting Redshirt Freshman Cornerback De’Von Graves left the game and didn’t return.

Starting Redshirt Freshman Linebacker Payton Wilson left the game with a sprained shoulder, and didn’t return.

On the play Wilson was hurt, this was literally the scene on the field.

Graduate Redshirt Senior Defensive End James Smith-Williams and Sophomore Defensive Tackle Alim McNeil would eventually get up and return to the game.

Freshman Linebacker Drake Thomas was injured at the end of the game.

Sophomore Running Back Ricky Person warmed up, but didn’t play.

Freshman Running Back Zonovan Knight may have rushed for 139 yards and a touchdown, but he wasn’t 100%, and was dinged up on a short run.

Redshirt Freshman Linebacker C.J. Hart was injured during the game, but was able to return.

Honestly, I’m probably missing some injuries…

Mr. and Mrs. Wuf wearing all BLACK was completely appropriate.

 

 

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Clemson 55 NC State 10: ACCDN Highlight Reel & Condensed Game

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Below is the ACC Digital Network’s Highlight Reel and Condensed Game from NC State’s 55-10 loss to Clemons tonight.

This is better to watch if you’re a Clemson fan.

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Clemson 55 NC State 10: BOX SCORE

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NC State was trampled by #5 Clemson 55-10 tonight. The Box Score is below.

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