Caulton Tudor gave out grades after State’s loss to Clemson and Coach Doeren got a solid B. I don’t necessarily argue with that. It is hard to give an A when you lose by two touchdowns. I would’ve supported a B+ if we wouldn’t have had ANOTHER awful time management situation on offense near the end of the first half. Time management mistakes now are becoming commonplace and need to be rectified.
Dave Doeren, N.C. State, B: Although one of the worst officiating blunders in ACC history helped Clemson get a 26-14 win, the Wolfpack took a lot of pluses out of Carter-Finley Stadium.
Coordinator Dave Huxableâ€™s defenders executed a well-crafted strategy that kept Tiger quarterback Tajh Boyd out of sync from the start.
And for a team that was penalized nine times and was working with makeshift quarterback personnel, Stateâ€™s offense was generally productive most of the night
But as losses go, Doerenâ€™s first at State hardly had the look of a calamity. Itâ€™s the opposite, in fact. If the Wolfpack (2-1, 0-1 ACC) can come up with that same level of energy and defensive efficacy nine more times, the final regular-season record will be impressive.
=====>>>>> The Atlantic Coast Conference had a nice day on the gridiron yesterday, averting a some disaster when not-so-good Virginia Tech needed three overtimes to best Marshall. But, elsewhere, teams like Miami, Florida State and Syracuse won BIG. Duke helped prove that the league really doesn’t have a pushover. Departing Maryland dominated West Virginia to the tune of 37-0 to make a big statement about the conference’s depth. And, soon to be members Louisville and Notre Dame both delivered impressive wins in their own way.
=====>>>>> I couldn’t help but think of NC State’s Jacoby Brissett yesterday when Florida’s starting quarterback, Jeff Driskell went down with a season ending injury.
=====>>>>> In case you missed it, Saturday’s kick-off against Central Michigan in Carter-Finley Stadium is set for 3:30pm.
=====>>>>> I would comment on these current bowl projections but it is just too early and there is no telling how it will evolve. But, any time we get a unique match-up like Boise State in California I can’t help but raise my eyebrow a bit.
=====>>>>>I don’t know about you, but I still feel like this: