Tag:NC State
Posted on: November 6, 2010 4:45 pm
Edited on: November 6, 2010 4:48 pm
 

Bowers becomes sack leader in Clemson win

Posted by Chip Patterson

Clemson's Da'Quan Bowers broke out last season, catching the eye of coaches and scouts despite struggling with a knee injury.  It was speculated that when healthy, Bowers could be one of the best defensive ends in the nation.  In Saturday's 14-13 upset victory over N.C. State, Bowers continued to make his case for arguably THE best defensive end in the nation.  With his two sacks on Wolfpack quarterback Russell Wilson, Bowers stands alone as the nation's sack leader with 12 on the season.

The efforts of Clemson's defense were crucial in the second half against N.C. State, keeping Wilson and the rest of the offense out of the end zone in the final three quarters.  Neither offense flashy, particularly in the second half, and both teams combined for five turnovers.  Wolfpack fans will head coach Tom O'Brien's decision to punt on 4th and 1 following Clemson's go-ahead touchdown with 6:18 remaining.  By the time the Wolfpack got the ball back on their own 15, there were no more timeouts and Clemson was able to send Bowers and the rest of the Clemson defensive line right at Wilson, frustrating the star quarterback and forcing several incompletions.  

Bowers, as he does each week, dedicated the game to the memory of his father and former Clemson defensive end Gaines Adams.  His father passed away in early August and Adams, the Clemson's career sack leader with 28, died tragically in January from a cardiac arrest due to an enlarged heart.  With 16 career sacks, Bowers would likely need to return for his senior season to chase Adams' record.  But with more performances like Saturday, I believe the opportunities at the next level will be difficult to turn down.
Posted on: September 25, 2010 4:36 pm
Edited on: September 25, 2010 5:33 pm
 

Wilson leads NC State over Georgia Tech 45-28

Posted by Chip Patterson

NC State's 3-0 start was the best for the Wolfpack since 2002 but before being considered legitimate contenders in the ACC, they needed to prove themselves against conference talent.  Facing a difficult test against Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Russell Wilson and the Wolfpack rolled on the Yellow Jackets 45-28.  

Wilson completed 28 of 41 passes for 368 yards and three touchdowns and added another on the ground for the Wolfpack.  With the exception of one incredibly poor decision that led to an interception, Wilson was stellar under center for the Wolfpack.  He showed patience in the pocket, often extending the play to give his receivers time to get free.  Running backs Dean Haynes and Mustafa Greene chipped in as well for N.C. State, combining for 143 yards on the ground.

Now with a conference win under their belt, we can officially acknowledge that N.C. State is for real.  At 4-0, they have the best overall record in the ACC and are a few wins away from ensuring Tom O'Brien's first winning season since his arrival in Raleigh back in 2007.  After recieving votes in the most recent poll, the Wolfpack could find themselves as the second team ACC team in the Top 25 and among the discussion of ACC Atlantic division contenders.

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Posted on: September 25, 2010 1:39 pm
Edited on: September 25, 2010 1:45 pm
 

Missed FG's sting N.C. State, still lead 17-7

Posted by Chip Patterson

Through the first half of play in Atlanta, the N.C. State Wolfpack are having their way with Georgia Tech for the most part.  Were it not for a pair of missed field goals, the scoreboard would reflect it as well.

Josh Czajkowski missed two field goals, both from 31 yards, but Russell Wilson and the N.C. State offense have kept the Wolfpack in front.  Wilson has completed 16 of 23 passes for 219 yards and connected on a 21 yard touchdown with Steven Howard.

Mistakes are killing the Yellow Jackets so far in the first half.  N.C. State sent the house and blocked a Chandler Andersons punt and fell on the ball in the end zone for the first score of the game.  Running back Anthony Allen has lost two fumbles, both in N.C. State territory, and quarterback Joshua Nesbitt has yet to complete a pass.  With the exception of the Yellow Jackets' sole scoring drive, the Wolfpack been able to keep the Georgia Tech option contained, allowing Allen to only collect 27 yards on 11 carries.  

Preseason, Georgia Tech was in the discussion to win the ACC.  A loss here, and Yellow Jackets fans need to be more concerned with getting bowl eligible.

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Posted on: September 20, 2010 12:21 pm
 

Chick-fil-A Kickoff to be a doubleheader in 2012

Posted by Chip Patterson

Even though it's only three years old, the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game is ready to expand.  The annual opening-weekend show down between the SEC and the ACC in the Georgia Dome has been considered a success among fans so far, and the experience will only get bigger.

It was announced on Saturday that the kickoff game would be a kickoff doubleheader in 2012.  Auburn and Clemson will get to continue their renewed regular season rivalry in one half of the bill, while the other matchup will be between NC State and Tennessee.  There has been no announcement as to kick times or date, but it is assumed the games will continue to be televised on ESPN and/or ABC.

Atlanta makes for a perfect meeting spot for SEC and ACC fans, and every year each school has sold out their allotted 31,200 tickets.  The massive arrival of passionate college football fans with early season optimism makes for a great environment throughout Atlanta.  With the success of ticket sales thus far, I would imagine that the games would be held on Thursday and Saturday, or be separated by enough time to clear/refill the Dome.  

NC State-Tennessee could be a selection for a Thursday night game, the Wolfpack have played on the opening Thursday recently in 2008 and 2009 against South Carolina.  Still, all four fan bases meeting in Atlanta for opening weekend should make for an incredible college football atmosphere for all teams involved. 

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Posted on: September 16, 2010 11:23 pm
Edited on: September 16, 2010 11:25 pm
 

NC State topples Cincinnati 30-19

Posted by Chip Patterson

College Football Blog is live in Carter-Finley Stadium for the primetime Thursday matchup between Cincinnati and NC State.  Click here for the first half live blog and here for the second half, follow us on Twitter for more updates.

it was the only game on the college football slate for the evening, it was nationally televised, it was the first true test for NC State and Cincinnati.  This was supposed to be a showdown of two teams desperately looking to make a statement to their respective conferences.

But the mistake-plagued game had the feel of an season-opener.  Both teams had difficulties holding on to the ball, with numerous bad/bobbled snaps and each accounting for at least one lost fumble.  There were mental mistakes as well.  Cincinnati was penalized 7 times for 65 yards while NC State was able to overcome 6 penalties of their own totaling 47 yards.  

But there were many things to be happy about for NC State fans.  Russell Wilson, particularly in the first half, looked methodical as he picked apart the Cincinnati secondary for back-to-back 93-yard touchdown drives in the first quarter to spring the Wolfpack out to an early 14-0 lead.  Wilson finished the evening 26-40 for 329 yards and three touchdowns, and eight rushes for 33 yards.  Jarvis Williams led the way receiving for the Wolfpack with 110 yards, but Wilson spread the ball around to 11 different receivers throughout the night.

Most importantly for the Wolfpack, they have started the 2010 season 3-0.  This is the first time they have accomplished that since the 2002 season, when current San Diego Chargers quarterback Phillip Rivers was under center.  Head coach Tom O'Brien has yet to have a winning season since coming to NC State from Boston College, but beginning the season with three straight wins will gets you almost halfway there.  

For Cincinnati, the game created far more questions than it answered.  The Bearcats returned 13 of 22 starters from last year's Big East Championship team, but on Thursday they looked frazzled and unorganized.  The penalties and poor coverage in the secondary allowed NC State to impose their will offensively, and the offensive line looked unprepared for NC State's blitzes.  Cincinnati quarterback Zach Collaros had some impressive moments, but never had a chance to find a rhythm until the collecting the two touchdowns in the final minutes of the game.

Things will only get worse before they get better for Cincinnati with a showdown with No. 7 Oklahoma waiting for them next Saturday.  For NC State, they will face Georgia Tech next, and, for now, are sitting atop the ACC at 3-0.

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Posted on: September 16, 2010 10:05 pm
Edited on: September 16, 2010 10:52 pm
 

Cincinnati @ NC State - 2nd Half Live Blog

Posted by Chip Patterson

College Football Blog is live in Carter-Finley Stadium for the primetime Thursday matchup between Cincinnati and NC State.  Click here for the first half live blog, follow us on Twitter for more updates.

10:50 p.m. - NC State follows a blocked punt by putting in the first touchdown of the second half.  Russell Wilson connected with Taylor Gentry for an 8 yard score that finished off a friendly 25 yard touchdown drive.  7:27 remaining, NC State 30, Cincinnati 7. 

10:44 p.m. - The Wolfpack answer by holding Cincinnati on 4th down as well, taking over at their own 43.  A flat response from the Wolfpack leads to another punt, which then in turn leads to a Bearcats punt.  21 minutes into the second half, the only scoring has been one field goal.  While Cincinnati's defense has been able to get more pressure to Russell Wilson, they have yet to be able to get anything going offensively.  Props to NC State's defense for being able to get pressure on Collaros all night.  8:57 remaining. NC State 23, Cincinnati 7  

10:25 p.m. - NC State finished an 11 play, 46 yard drive with a turnover on downs at the Cincinnati 30.  The Wolfpack have put together 426 total yards thus far but have very little to show for it on the scoreboard.  While NC State has been winning at the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball, Cincinnati is not out of the game.  13:03 remaining in the game. NC State 23, Cincinnati 7 

10:13 p.m. - Penalties continuing to CRUSH Cincinnati even here in the third quarter.  Zach Collaros 20+ yard completion on third down was called back due to illegal formation.  Next completion falls short of the sticks, Cincinnati forced to punt again.  Bearcats penalty count up to 7 accepted flags for 65 yards.  That does not count 3-5 penalties that have been declined.  NC State takes over near their own 25.  2:40 left in the 3rd quarter. NC State 23, Cincinnati 7

10:05 p.m. - NC State kicked off the third quarter by holding the Bearcats to a three and out and then getting a 19-yard field goal out of Josh Czajkowski. Cincinnati quarterback Zach Collaros continues to struggle to develop a rhythm on offense, and the Bearcats have yet to put together a dominating drive on offense, but they still have the the weapons with big-play potential to get back in this game.  But for now, NC State and their 380 yards of total offense are in control with 8:02 left in the 3rd.  NC State 23, Cincinnati 7
Posted on: September 16, 2010 9:28 pm
Edited on: September 16, 2010 9:45 pm
 

Cincinnati @ NC State - Halftime Update

Posted by Chip Patterson

College Football Blog is live in Carter-Finley Stadium for the primetime Thursday matchup between Cincinnati and NC State.  Click here for the first half live blog, follow us on Twitter for more updates.

Mistakes have been all over the field in the first half of NC State's 20-7 lead over Cincinnati at halftime.  NC State has two turnovers and five penalties for 32 yards while the Bearcats have been penalized five times for a whopping 45 yards.  NC State quarterback Russell Wilson looked sharp in the first quarter, orchestrating two 93 yard drives in a row for the first two touchdowns of the game.  

Cincinnati's offense continued to be held in check until Zach Collaros began taking to the ground, totaling 45 yards on the ground, mostly in the second quarter.  Collaros finally connected with D.J. Woods for a 68 yard touchdown with 3:12 remaining in first half to pull Cincinnati within one score.  

Wilson answered the Cincinnati strike by leading NC State on a 7 play, 72 yard drive in just over two minutes to score just before halftime.  Wolfpack field goal kicker Josh Czajkowski broke a streak of 83 straight extra points by missing the point after wide right.

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Posted on: September 16, 2010 8:51 pm
Edited on: September 16, 2010 8:57 pm
 

NC State honors Troops during 1st quarter break

Posted by Chip Patterson

The home fans at Carter-Finley Stadium planned a special gesture to honor the men and women of the military of Thursday's primetime matchup between their NC State Wolfpack and the Cincinnati Bearcats.  At the conclusion of the first quarter, the fans on the East side of the stadium coordinated to make this.



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