UPDATE: Malik Cunningham will not play in today’s game.
Louisville senior QB Malik Cunningham won't play today vs. NC State, sources told @ActionNetworkHQ. Cunningham suffered a right shoulder injury last week at Clemson. Brock Domann will make 2nd career start for UL
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) November 19, 2022
NC State doesn’t know if they will have to defend Senior Louisville Quarterback Malik Cunningham today.
It’s been a rough couple of weeks for Cunningham. He injured his non-throwing hand against James Madison two weeks ago, and then injured his right shoulder trying to score at the end of the 1st half against Clemson, and didn’t return.
Here’s what Cardinals’ Head Coach Scott Satterfield had to say about the status of Cunningham this week at his weekly press conference:
“Malik is day-to-day. He went out the last play before halftime and kind of landed on his shoulder, kind of dinged that whole area around there. I don’t know the specifics of the injury but really just kind of bruising around the shoulder. He’s going to be day-to-day, he’s been over here all day Sunday, Monday, and today just working and trying to get better, trying to get out there. As we go throughout the week, we’ll have a better idea of where he’s at, but today I’d list him as day-to-day.”
“Yeah, it’s a little limiting for him as far as there’s a little discomfort there, but he can certainly go out and play and not really affect how you’re going to play the game. He still ran around, still tried to make plays. I think, in the game, he was 10-13 throwing against a really good defense. Clemson is one of the top defenses in the country, and their defensive line and linebackers are very talented. For him to go out there and play the way he did, I thought he played well. It’s just a really good defense. Now, with the right shoulder, which is his throwing arm, he’s going to have to get that healthy so he can throw. Again, we’ll see how quickly that can heal up and if he’s available or not for Saturday.” (Link)
— Kent Spencer (@WHAS11Kent) November 15, 2022
If Cunningham can’t play, Junior Brock Domann will be the Quarterback for Louisville. Last week, in the 2nd half, Domann was 13 of 23 for 175 yards, with a touchdown and an interception.
Here’s what Satterfield had to say about Domann at the presser:
“I mentioned this a couple of weeks ago, he’s got a lot of confidence. He’s got a lot of confidence in his ability. When he goes out and he makes plays, it just increases that. I thought he did a lot of really nice things the other night against Clemson. Again, they are a really good defense and he had guys breathing down his neck there and he’s still standing in there making those throws. I think that gives him the confidence to know when he has a plan of knowing how to attack this defense with this particular play then he’s really, really good. That’s one of the things he told me after the game, he said he feels really good when he understands the play and he has a good plan for it. So, for us as coaches, we have to put together a plan for him that he feels really good about and confident to make those plays. The more he plays, the better he feels. You mentioned that he’s played a lot over the last several games and gone out and made a lot of great plays for us. He’s becoming more and more confident with the offense having gone through the spring, the summer, and then as he’s gone out and played some games. We have confidence in him, and I think the receivers do too. They know if they get open, he’s going to throw them the ball where they have a great chance to make the play. I think we saw that in the second half last week, (Tyler Hudson) made some great catches on the outside, but Brock gave him a chance. He threw it in a place where he had the opportunity to catch it. That’s what we want from our quarterback position, give them a chance to make plays. A guy like (Hudson) is going to come down with it and make those plays. Another great example is what he did in the game when we threw a touchdown to (Hudson), and they knock that off the books. He hits Braden (Smith) wide open and it kind of gets lost in the lights and he didn’t catch it. He still stood in there and threw a touchdown pass right after that. I’m really pleased with the way he’s been playing. We have to do a great job as coaches to find ways for him to be able to move the ball if he is going to be playing.” (Link)
Dave Doeren Loves NC State and Hates UNC, & He Ain’t Shy About It
Say what you want about Dave Doeren, but what can’t be denied is that he LOVES NC State, and he HATES UNC.
The following quote of Doeren shared during the broadcast of the game should warm the hearts of Wolfpack Nation. Salty Dave is my favorite Dave.
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Dave Doeren: “They don’t like us, we hate them. We’re blue collar, they’re elitist. Their coaches talk down to us, they talk behind our backs to recruits”
Reporter: “Is this on or off the record?”
Dave MF Doeren: “I DON’T GIVE A ****”
— Barstool Pack (@BarstoolPack) November 26, 2022
Also, you’ve freaking got to love Dave ripping off his hoodie with a “Light it RED” T-Shirt on underneath.
Ladies and gentlemen…Dave Doeren pic.twitter.com/xHChdFWzv1
— Travon Miles (@TrayABC11) November 26, 2022
The raw emotion, the love his players have for him, and his evident love he has for them is palpable.
In closing, Doeren’s dance moves…someone teach this man the Griddy. But his players love his dance moves, and they make my kids laugh.
Light. It. Red. pic.twitter.com/zZUUD8dyZg
— NC State Football (@PackFootball) November 26, 2022
Doeren has led the Wolfpack to two back-to-back drama filled victories over the Heels he (and we) hate, and has won 5 of the last 7 against the boys in blue that play in Carter-Finley West.
Dave Doeren’s Postgame Press Conference After Win Over #17 UNC
NC State Head Football Coach Dave Doeren met with the media for his postgame press conference after the Wolfpack defeated #17 UNC in Chapel Hill today in 2OT. You can watch it here, or check out a BULLETED breakdown below.
- What a game. Heck of a win. Super proud of our players and staff. It was awesome. What a football game.
- Coach Brown and his team battled back.
- The Quarterback for them is a really good football player.
- Our guys are just resilient. They’ve got a lot of grit and heart. They just find a way to win. That’s what we did.
- I’m thankful to be with these guys. It’s been a hard month.
- I can’t even put into words for you guys how hard this month has been for me.
- It’s a great way to finish the season. I’m very thankful. Give God the glory.
- I can’t wait to enjoy a Saturday of college football with no stress, just relaxing with my family. It’s a hell of a win.
- I don’t think people understand what Derrek Pitts had to do today [moved from Corner to Nickel].
- They casted him up. He’s got a bad wrist sprain and played.
- Jalen Frazier has been a 3rd-string and 4th-string guy all year, and he came in and gave us valuable minutes.
- Derrek Pitts. They did a great job on Josh Downs. We all know how good of a player he is. To keep him from scoring, they did a really good job at the nickel position.
- We missed Tyler Baker-Williams. We missed Jakeen Harris and Devan Boykin. All three nickels were out.
- So, it was pretty impressive that Derrek could go in there and have the recall he did.
- He was the nickel for Tony [Gibson] back at West Virginia back in the day.
- I gave everybody a game ball, but if not he would have been one of the guys that got singled out today.
- We needed Devin [Carter].
- He’s a guy who can make contact catches, and they’ve got big corners.
- He came up with a big play for us there to get the lead.
- He had a lot of contact catches that we needed to make.
- Obviously we had another one there at the end and didn’t.
- It’s good to have Devin back. We were hoping that we had Trent Pennix, too, but it just didn’t last.
- I think it’s a great lesson for people out there that you don’t give up, you keep working.
- Ben [Finley] could have easily been one of these Quarterbacks who jumped in the portal when he didn’t get what he thought he was going to get.
- Instead he was a great teammate. He went down and serviced the defense.
- I bet that the 10 weeks down there made him the player that you’re looking at right now.
- Going against that defense day-in-and-day-out has helped him see the game a little bit slower.
- Our defense does a lot and presents a lot of things, and he has to see that every day as the scout team quarterback.
- I’m super proud of him. I can’t say enough about him stepping in and taking care of the football and doing a lot of good things for us.
His brother was undefeated here. That’s cool to keep the tradition going for the Finleys. I can’t say enough about Ben and his performance today.
- I think we had 8 starters out at one point last week.
- The week before I felt like the game was taken from us more than we lost it, to be honest. So, I don’t know that it reshapes anything.
- I think it just proves the staying power that our guys have and the resiliency, grit, toughness, love.
- I told them all week that nobody is going to care about anything other than this win when we win this game. This will make a lot of things feel better.
- It’s a 365-day you-know-what sandwich that the other school gets to eat.
- We didn’t want to eat it. We wanted to have that. We wanted to finish with that pride.
- That’s what happens with rivalry games. One team gets to feel good for a year and the other team doesn’t. It’s a great job by our guys finishing.
- Yeah. ‘Light It Red’ [his t-shirt underneath his hoodie].
- That’s what we do when there’s a celebration.
- I actually wear this quite a bit underneath my top, and I just got excited.
- I wanted to go over there. I heard our fans cheering, which was awesome.
- Our parent section was great. I just wanted to go over there and thank them and get excited with them.
- I did talk about it. It’s not really a state championship because we didn’t get to play Duke.
- But we did beat all 3 teams in state: ECU, Wake Forest and UNC.
- It’s awesome to have that as part of the year, and obviously that helps in recruiting.
NC State 30 #17 UNC 27 (2OT): Highlight Reel and Condensed Game
Check out the highlight reel and condensed game from today’s Wolfpack victory over #17 UNC in Chapel Hill in Double Overtime, with NC State winning 30-27.
NC State 30 #17 UNC 27: Initial Thoughts
NC State just defeated their archrival #17 UNC 30-27 in Double Overtime in Chapel Hill.
The Wolfpack did this with Redshirt Freshman Ben Finley starting at Quarterback. A couple of weeks back, Finley was the Quarterback for the Scout Team. Finley is the 4th player to start at Quarterback for NC State this season, and according to Wolfpack historian Tim Peeler, he can’t find a season in school history where that has ever happened.
How often does an unranked team beat a ranked team on the road against their archrival with their 4th string Quarterback?
That isn’t meant to be an insult to Finley…the young man was not intimidated by the opportunity placed in his lap. Finley was 27 of 40 for 271 yards and 2 touchdowns (0 interceptions) with a Passing Efficiency Rating of 140.9.
Junior Wide Receiver Devin Carter played his best game of the season, with 6 receptions for 130 yards and a touchdown.
True Freshman Terrell Timmons flashed once again, flying past UNC’s secondary for a 28-yard touchdown.
The Wolfpack defense did what they’ve done all year long, and they exposed the seemingly “unstoppable” Tar Heel offense. NC State held UNC Quarterback Drake Maye to his worst performance of the season, posting a season-low Passing Efficiency Rating of 101.8.
The reality is, UNC hadn’t played a legit defense all season, and it showed today.
Per usual, the Wolfpack were led by their elite Linebackers, with Payton Wilson and Drake Thomas collecting 11 and 10 tackles respectively.
The Wolfpack defense had 9 tackles for loss against the Heels.
UNC will play in the ACC Championship game against #8 Clemson, but they will likely do so as an unranked team, and I freaking love it.
Dave Doeren and his staff had the challenge of preparing an injury riddled team to finish their season with an exclamation point prior to the bowl, and they did their jobs exceptionally. The Wolfpack played with grit and determination, and were fearless.
The Wolfpack have beaten UNC two years in a row in dramatic fashion, and have beaten their archrivals in 5 of the last 7 games.
NC State owns the state of North Carolina!
It’s a proud day to be an NC State fan!