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Dave Doeren After Virginia Tech: BULLETED

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NC State head coach Dave Doeren spoke with the media after the Wolfpack fell to Virginia Tech 45-24 tonight. Below is a BULLETED breakdown of what he had to say.

  • VT deserves a lot of credit.
    • Most physical team tonight.
    • Outplayed us.
    • Out-coached us.
    • A lot to learn from this film and a lot of work to do.
  • Didn’t expect it.
    • Really excited where we came out last week.
  • We missed having some guys on defense tonight from a health stand point.
  • Guys continued to play hard, but didn’t do enough to put us in a place to win.
  • Give up 314 yards rushing and turn the ball over twice.
  • Took too long to get started offensively, with 80-some yards in the 1st half.
    • Defense didn’t start the way we expected them to.
  • It’s a loss. Not the end of the season.

Khalid Martin Injury…

  • He was communicating with us.
  • Was moving his fingers and toes.
  • He had a lot of pain.
  • Told us to go finish the game.

On when he started thinking about the QB change…

  • Didn’t talk about it at halftime.
  • Thought we could regroup and get some things going.
  • After the 2nd interception we said ‘give him another series and see how he responds.’
    • He went 3-and-out on that drive, and we thought we needed a spark.
  • Devin led us on 2 scoring drives and did some good things, and also did some things he needs to learn from.

Defensive Starters Injured…

  • Not having Payton Wilson, Tanner Ingle and Teshaun Smith hurts.
  • Rakeim Ashford came in and started for Tanner, and he got hurt.
    • Then Khalid Martin came in and he got hurt.
  • Have some deficiencies on the defensive side of the ball right now, and a lot of them are on the weakside of the defense.
    • It was evident.
  • Last week Drake Thomas was playing SAM linebacker, and tonight he had to play WILL because Payton was out.
  • Tanner and Payton are both hitters and physical, and this was their type of game.

VT Offensively…

  • We didn’t know what we were going to get.
  • QB Hendon Hooker was listed as the starter on the Depth Chart.
    • Prepared for what he did.
  • Then we had to adjust to what this was going to be.
  • They had some new schemes.
  • We didn’t do a good job getting off blocks and tackling.
  • Thought we set the edges better than we did a week ago.
    • More of the problems were internal.

Adjusting to stop the run game…

  • Took our middle safety and added him into the run game.
  • In the 2nd quarter we slowed them down and did some good things.
  • Offensively we couldn’t get anything going, and the D was out there a lot.

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