NC State is now 8-3 after defeating Virginia Tech 35-28 today, and 5-2 in ACC play. 8 wins didn’t seem like a possibility after the Duke loss. Vegas picked the Wolfpack to win 6.5 games before the season began.
Brennan Armstrong won his first game against the Hokies. While Armstrong was the starting Quarterback for Virginia, he lost in the two games he played against them.
Armstrong was unbelievable today, passing for over 200 yards, and rushing for over 100 yards. He rushed for 2 touchdowns, and threw 2 touchdowns. On the night, he was 18 of 26 for 203 yards with a Passing Efficiency Rating of 160.2. Armstrong also rushed the ball 21 times for 89 yards, averaging 4.2 yards per carry. These rushing numbers are massively skewed, because he lost 21 yards rushing kneeling the ball on the final 3 plays. In reality, he rushed for over 100 yards.
Kevin Concepcion continued to show why he’s the best True Freshman in the nation. What can the kid not do? He had 7 receptions for 63 yards and 2 touchdowns. KC also rushed the ball 9 times for 44 yards. Did I mention he threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Tight End Trent Pennix? Concepcion already holds the record for most Touchdown Receptions and Receptions by a True Freshman in school history. Tonight, he passed Bo Hines, and now has the 2nd most receiving yards in NC State history by a True Freshman, trailing only Koren Robinson (KC – 636/Robinson – 853).
Payton Wilson was flying all over the field, finishing the evening with 11 tackles, a sack, and 3.5 tackles for loss. Wilson passed Vaughan Johnson tonight, claiming sole possession of 6th place in NC State history in career tackles (Wilson – 287/Johnson – 384). He also passed Isaiah Moore, Carl Reeves and Willie Young tonight in career Tackles for Loss, and now sits in 4th place, trailing his former teammate Drake Thomas by half a Tackle for Loss (Wilson 46 TFL/Thomas 46.5).
The Wolfpack has now won 8 games or more in 4 consecutive seasons, which has never been done in the history of the NC State football program. Let that sink in.
After losing his first two in Blacksburg, Head Coach Dave Doeren won his first game against the Hokies on their turf.
The Wolfpack managed to go on the road, and win in a place that few NC State teams have. Today’s game was the 17th time the two teams have played in Blacksburg, and this is only the 3rd Wolfpack team to come away victorious (1951 and 2004).
NC State LB Payton Wilson Wins the Bednarik Award!
NC State’s Payton Wilson won the Butkus Award earlier this week, naming him the best Linebacker in college football. Tonight he won the Bednarik Award, which has been given out annually to the best defensive player in college football since 1995.
Wilson beat out Alabama Linebacker Dallas Turner and UCLA’s Defensive End Laiatu Latu.
Prior to this week, no NC State Linebacker had ever won the Butkus Award. Prior to tonight, no NC State defensive player had ever won the Bednarik Award.
Below is a list of the former Bednarik Award winners.
In one week, Wilson has done what no other Linebacker of defensive player at NC State has ever done.
Go ahead and retire the #11 already!
Wake Forest Transfer WR Welsey Grimes Commits to NC State!
NC State just picked up their first transfer of the 2024 class, and it’s a big one. Former Wake Forest Wide Receiver Wesley Grimes (6’2″/187) just committed to run with the Wolfpack.
As a Sophomore this season, Grimes caught 20 passes for 339 yards and 4 touchdowns in 12 games. As a True Freshman last year, he played in his 6 games, collecting 4 receptions for 33 yards and a touchdown.
In all reality, Grimes is coming home. He was a 4-Star prospect out of Millbrook High School here in Raleigh. ON3, 247Sports and Rivals all ranked Grimes as a Top-250 prospect in the 2022 recruiting class, with Rivals ranking him as the #36 overall player nationally, the #4 Wide Receiver, and the #2 player in the state of North Carolina.
From a recruiting rankings standpoint, Grimes instantly becomes the highest ranked player on NC State’s roster. Since he played as a True Freshman, Grimes has 3 seasons to play 2 years of eligibility.
Back in 2021, Grimes chose the Demon Deacons over NC State, Tennessee, Duke and Louisville. On December 8th, 2023, Grimes decided to come back home and run with the Pack.
Kansas State will be Without Their Offensive Coordinator & Starting Quarterback Against NC State
Kansas State will be without their Offensive Coordinator and starting Quarterback when they face NC State in the Pop-Tarts Bowl on December 28th.
New Texas A&M head coach Mike Elko, who just left the same position at Duke, paid big bucks to hire Wildcats Offensive Coordinator Collin Klein as his OC, who had been serving in the position at Kansas State for the past 2 seasons. For the past 7 seasons, Klein has served as the Wildcats Quarterbacks Coach.
This season, Kansas State ranks 23rd in Total Offense (446.1) and 14th in Rushing Offense (199.7).
As Quarterbacks Coach, he helped develop four-year starter Will Howard, who announced he would be entering the Transfer Portal on November 27th. This season, Howard earned 2nd Team All-Big 12 honors. In 12 games, he threw for 2,643 yards and 24 touchdowns (10 interceptions). Howard also rushed for 351 yards and 9 touchdowns.
Howard will be replaced by Freshman Avery Johnson. There was speculation that Johnson might follow Klein to Texas A&M, but he will be starting for the Wildcats in Orlando against the Wolfpack.
NC State’s Kevin Concepcion Earns Freshman All-American Status from The Athletic
NC State Wide Receiver Kevin Concepcion has been named a Freshman All-American by The Athletic.
Here’s what they had to say about KC:
WR Kevin Concepcion, NC State: “KC” easily won ACC Rookie of the Year this season after catching 64 passes for 767 yards, rushing for 297 yards on 7.8 yards per carry and scoring 11 total touchdowns. The 5-foot-11, 187-pound slot receiver from Charlotte was a three-star signee who proved he should start right away as a true freshman. Over his last seven games, Concepcion has averaged 117 total yards per game. (The Athletic)