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Opening night thoughts

Posted on: August 29, 2008 9:31 am

A lot of mediocre-to-bad football Thursday night. Some observations:

 It's going to be a long season for North Carolina State, 34-0 losers to South Carolina. Even with quarterback Russell Wilson, who was carted off the field with a concussion, the Wolfpack struggled to score points. You can see why 2007 incumbent Daniel Evans couldn't keep the job. When he replaced Wilson, the offense went from unproductive to putrid.


 The most impressive NC State player to me was Nate Irving, a redshirt sophomore linebacker who seemed to be in on every tackle. The Wolfpack did intercept four Tommy Beecher passes which might say more about South Carolina's offense than NC State's defense.

 Kirby Freeman went from Miami to Baylor to bench. After the quarterback's celebrated transfer from Coral Gables, 
he couldn't even make it through the first half against Wake Forest. Coach Art Briles kept his starter a secret up 
until kickoff. Why? Baylor just might have itself a quarterback of the future in true freshman Robert Griffin. The 
big-time recruit replaced the stiff, laconic Freeman and led the Bears to their only two scores. Not bad for a 
native of Japan. (His dad was military)

Briles is evaluating his options for next week against Northwestern State. Again, why? Let Griffin take this sunken ship over and try to raise it.

 Alphonso Smith is the truth. Wake Forest's preseason All-American corner is all that. He had an interception and 
tipped away a pass in the end zone in the first half. The Human Turnover Machine (12 by himself last season) has 15 
career interceptions.


 Wow, what was the deal with the Stanford crowd? I know it was a Thursday night in Palo Alto -- usually Pinochle night in P.A. -- but this was the season opener (against Oregon State). The announced crowd was 30,223 in 50,000-seat Stanford Stadium. That seemed very charitable.


 This is a sign of inexperience: Oregon State quarterback Lyle Moevao "threw" a safety. That's hard to do. Moevao 
dropped back from deep in his own territory to throw a swing pass. It was actually a backward pass that passed through the end zone and went out of bounds. The Beavers turned it over three times (five fumbles, one lost) in a 36-28 loss to the Cardinal.


 By the way what is Oregon State doing opening the season on the road against two BCS conference opponents? It goes 
to Penn State next week.


 My opening-night hero is Stanford's Toby Gerhart. Returning from a torn PCL he ran for 147 yards against the Beavs (No. 1 against the rush D in 2007). Not a huge deal, I just can't remember the last time a tailback of any substance was named Toby.


 Good luck to Ryan Perrilloux. His numbers were nice -- 203 yards in total offense -- but Georgia Tech was never 
threatened in a 41-14 victory over Jacksonville State. The opponent was only I-AA but Paul Johnson's triple option 
produced 349 rushing yards.


Since: Mar 24, 2008
Posted on: August 31, 2008 8:33 pm

Opening night thoughts

Stop whining and take your beating.  If NC State's defense is so great, they prevent those late scores.  Besides, Spurrier had to confirm what he had at quarterback in game situations.   NC State needs to keep playing until the clock expires.  No need for embarrassment necessary. They were actually that bad.

Since: Aug 12, 2006
Posted on: August 31, 2008 8:31 pm

Opening night thoughts

NC State, a team picked for last in thir division, was ONLY down 13-0 after the third quarter.  That says a lot about SC.  Funny, but I think there is a definite possibility Vanderbilt wins theirsecond straight over the Gamecocks Thursday, and ifMark Richt has his players ready mentally like he did in late 2007, I suspect a drubbing of the Gamecocks by Georgia.  Regardless, Georgia will win that game after watching that pathetic offense.  Even with Smelley coming in late (when NC State's D was exhausted from being on the field all night), UGA will shut them down no matter who starts.

Since: Oct 8, 2006
Posted on: August 31, 2008 3:39 pm

Opening night thoughts

Spurrier was still airing it out with less then 5 minutes to play. 

Was the 27 point edge at risk?

This has been Spurrier his whole career.  No Class.

Some coaches hand the ball off and kill the clock to not rub the other teams face in the dirt. 

When Wisconsin had the game in hand against Auburn in the Cap One Bowl they took a knee on the one yard line.  Spurrier would have called a time out to score.

Since: Sep 2, 2007
Posted on: August 30, 2008 7:34 am

Opening night thoughts

Let me get this straight, SC should not have continued playing to win late in the game and should have just run out the clock? If you believe that please explain to this old fool.

Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: August 29, 2008 3:53 pm

Opening night thoughts

There isn't anything you CAN take away.  South Carolina gave the Pack 4 gifts on a silver platter that the offense failed to convert into a single point.  It was lucky that Chris Smelley didn't start the game for the Gamecocks.  Otherwise the score would have been much more lopsided.  Once there was a quarterback change, NC State didn't even have a defense, much less an offense.  Get your win over William & Mary, because that might be the only win you'll get this year.

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: August 29, 2008 12:32 pm

Opening night thoughts

for North Carolina State, 34-0 losers to South Carolina

Not taking anything away from the win for SC, but two of those scores were LATE in the game.  Spurrier was still airing it out with less then 5 minutes to play.  I'm not bustingon Spurrier because obviously his QB's need some work and game time speed practice never hurts.  I'm just saying that the 34-0 isn't a true reflection of the game IMO, and definitely not a true reflection of how the NC State defense played.  Heck, they were on the field for probably 45 minutes and SC started with the ball in their territory a dozen times. 

The back up QB for NC St (Evans I think) is AWEFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Since: Feb 26, 2007
Posted on: August 29, 2008 11:07 am

Opening night thoughts

What, nothing about Vandy's opening night win at Miami (Ohio)?  Come on--it was even televised on ESPNU.

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