No one expected NC State to score 45 points in their season opener against Wake Forest in their 1st game of the season this past Saturday. Well, nobody except maybe Wolfpack Offensive Coordinator Tim Beck.
Beck blew everyone’s expectations against the Demon Deacons. NC State averaged a measly 16 points in ACC play in 2019.
247Sports awarded Beck with the honor of Offensive Coordinator of the Week for the Wolfpack’s performance.
Let’s give a huge hat tip to Rhett Lashlee at Miami for his performance leading Miami to a resounding win over Louisville but as that game was going on, Beck’s NC State offense was slicing up the Demon Deacons. NC State was 106th in the country in yards per play on offense last year. The team that played Wake Forest did not look like the 106th best offense in the country. Three running backs — Ricky Person, Zonovan Knight, and all-purpose back Jordan Houston — ran up and down Wake Forest behind a physical, imposing offensive line. At quarterback, Bailey Hockman got the starting nod and while his physical traits were not overwhelming, he was given easy access throws and open receivers all night long. He delivered with 193 yards passing on 17-of-24 and two touchdowns.
For the game, NC State averaged 6.3 yards per play, put up 463 yards of offense, scored every team it got in the red zone and had a plan all game long. Beck’s last two stops as offensive coordinator have been overshadowed by his head coach, first at Ohio State under Urban Meyer and more recently at Texas by Tom Herman. He had a successful stint at Nebraska under Bo Pelini before that, producing a top 30 offense in yards per play two of his four seasons in Lincoln. Beck could prove to be a sneaky good hire for Dave Doeren in an important year for his job security. (247)