NC State Game Summaries VS NC State Pulls Off Week One Upset! Coach WisconsinSports414 wins in his coaching debut with NC State. The team started off the season against twenty-third ranked Cincinnati, an up and coming squad from the Big East in a nationally televised contest. The defense played with a chip on its shoulder as they came in against a high-powered and heavily favored team/offense. 1ST Quarter - Cincinnati dominated this quarter, for the most part. They controlled the clock with two long drives, while NC State settled for three and outs on their first two possessions. But, the defense did not break, stopping the Bearcats twice inside the ten and forcing field goals. This would set the tone for a solid team effort. UC - 6 NCSU - 0 2ND Quarter - Whereas Cincy controlled the game in the first, NC State turned things around in a big way in the second. After missing an earlier attempt, the home team got on the board with a field goal. Chazz Anderson was picked off twice, and as their offense began to click, the Wolf Pack put up thirteen unanswered to give themselves a touchdown lead going into the second half UC - 6 NCSU - 13 3RD Quarter - After a 56 yard return to start the period by TJ Graham, the Wolf Pack were set up with great field position and came out firing - only to fire it to the other team. Cincy then put together a strong drive, and finally punched the ball into the endzone on fourth and goal to tie the game. Deciding to go back to the run game, NC State would answer with their best drive of the day, and take the lead back by scoring a TD. However, another INT gave the opposition three points, along with the momentum headed into the final frame. UC - 16 NCSU - 20 4TH Quarter - While not exactly a flashy or high-scoring quarter, the fourth between these two teams was tough, physical football. Both defenses flexed their muscles after an early NC State field goal, but ultimately the Wolf Pack's determination to run the ball would lead to a worn down Bearcat team. Taking the ball back after forcing a punt with just under four minutes left, NC State would pound the football and run out the clock to seal the victory. Final Score: UC - 16 NCSU - 23 Key Stat: NC State - 45 rushes for 234 yards. They controlled the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball, and in particular wore down Cincy's defensive front late with the running game. Player of the game: Sterling Lucas (MLB) 7tkls, 1TFL, and a big interception. Up Next: Bye Week. Although there is no game slated for next week, there is little time to enjoy this one. Although they showed that they could run the ball against Cincinnati, Russell Wilson did not play his best game out there. He will need to be more more consistent and make plays in the passing game as well as the running game in order for this team to be successful. They have a week to get their act together before starting conference play at #25Maryland.