NC State Game Summaries

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    NC State Game Summaries

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    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.
     
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    NC STATE @ #22MARYLAND
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    Wolf Pack owns Maryland on their home turf.

    First Quarter - The Wolf Pack came in wanting to run the football in order to control the game, crowd, and their opposition on the field. They did so to near perfection. Maryland got the ball first to begin, and were held to a quick three and out. Underwood and Wilson proved to be a real two-headed monster in the rushing attack, and they would combine to drive the ball down field to give themselves a 7-0 lead. After forcing another quick punt, it would be the same result, though this time with the quarter back scoring to end the drive. The home standing Terrapins and their fans fell quiet, down 14-0 after one.
    NCSU 14 - Maryland 0

    Second Quarter - The game quickly got out of hand in this quarter, as State's defensive line began to bully Maryland up front. There were some bad throws early, and those eventually became a pair of interceptions. The first one set up another punishing TD with the run, as Wilson scored again. UMD was stopped another time, and Wilson immediately made them pay by tossing a deep bomb over the top to Graham to put them ahead by four touchdowns. A pick six would worsen the score. The rout was on.
    NCSU 35 - Maryland 3

    Third Quarter - The Terps would show some heart and answer with an impressive drive after NC State was forced to point at the start of the third. Their QB proved he could be dangerous if given enough time, and even when he isn't. Still up 35 - 10 and with the run having been so effective all day, State kept the ball on the ground and pretty much ran on cruise control for the rest of the way.
    NCSU 38 - Maryland 10

    Fourth Quarter - NC State's defense did not fold in the final quarter, preventing any further scoring and allowing their offense to eventually run out the clock.

    Final: NCSU 38 - Maryland 10

    Key Stats: NC State totaled 231 yards and three touchdowns on the ground, while Maryland finished with -11. Their defense pressured the QB all day, helping them to win the turnover battle as well, while even more importantly, the offense didn't turn it over at all.

    Player of the game: Russell Wilson. He only threw seven times, but he completed all his passes and turned in a very good performance on the road - 7-7 for 141 yards and a touchdown, along with 105 yards on 21 carries for two more touchdowns. The D also has to get a shout out for another strong performance this week.

    Up Next: @ #13 North Carolina. For the third straight game, and second straight on the road in the ACC, NC State will face off against a ranked opponent. The Wolf Pack are feeling confident after two big wins to start the year, and after the effort they just put up against the Terps, there's no reason to think that this group can't go in and get another upset. Big game early on in conference.
     
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