Here’s a quick recap of Saturday’s win over Georgia Tech and some of the things being said about the 4-0 Wolfpack.
Russell Wilson had a career-high performance:
Russell Wilson passed for a career-high 368 yards and three touchdowns and North Carolina State answered Georgia Tech’s fourth-quarter rally to beat the Yellow Jackets 45-28 on Saturday and remain unbeaten.
Thanks to poster Old13 in the comments below, Nate Irving named Walter Camp Defensive Player of the Week.
Redshirt senior linebacker Nate Irving was named Walter Camp Defensive Player of the Week today, as announced by the Walter Camp Football Foundation. A native of Wallace, N.C., Irving totaled a career-best 16 tackles, including 4.5 for loss and two sacks for 11 total yards, as NC State downed Georgia Tech, 45-28, on Saturday in Atlanta.
By the Numbers: Week 4′s Best Performances
368: Career passing yards by N.C. State’s Russell Wilson in the 45-28 victory over Georgia Tech. Wilson completed 28 of 41 passes with three touchdowns as the Wolfpack improved to 4-0, their best start since winning their first nine games in 2002.
The Wolfpack have positioned themselves well in the ACC winning their first conference game, and they are also the only team in the ACC to be unbeaten in their overall record.
Unfortunately, the ACC is down this year with Boston College, UNC, and GT already losing conference games and Virginia Tech and Clemson both losing pivotal non-conference games.
That sets the Wolfpack up for a run at the ACC title if they can continue to play at this high level they are now.
Ivan Maisel says Russell Wilson is the reason State is 4-0.
1. NC State redshirt junior Russell Wilson is too short to play quarterback in the NFL. Besides, the Colorado Rockies already have dibs on him. Wilson will have to settle for being the quarterback whom defensive coordinators least like to see when they sit down on Sunday to watch the next opposing offense. Wilson proved against Georgia Tech that he doesn’t rattle, he knows when and where to get rid of the ball and he knows how to make plays. The Wolfpack are 4-0, and Wilson is the reason.
On ESPNU’s College Gameday Finale show, Lou Holtz gave Russell Wilson a helmet sticker for his performance, while Heather Dinich is impressed by the Pack:
NC State is one of the best teams in the ACC. The Wolfpack proved it by knocking off defending ACC champ Georgia Tech on its home field. NC State is the only undefeated team remaining in the ACC and should be ranked in the Associated Press Top 25. There are only two other teams pushing the Pack for the top spot in the conference, and that’s Miami and Clemson. Florida State has also turned the corner since its loss at Oklahoma, but the other teams have played better on the road against better competition.
Lots of coverage by the N&O
Tom Sorenson calls Russell Wilson the ACC’s best player while describing him as scary:
N.C. State had the ball third-and-3 late in the second quarter. The best football player in the ACC took the snap, and the Georgia Tech rush came hard. Russell Wilson avoided tacklers, again, and found a receiver, again, and hit him for a first down, again.
N.C. State’s punt return team is becoming a threat to opponents even though T.J. Graham doesn’t have a return of more than 15 yards yet this season.
For the second time in two games, the Wolfpack blocked a punt Saturday in a 45-28 defeat of Georgia Tech at Bobby Dodd Stadium.
Jarvis Williams picked up sophomore Asa Watson’s blocked punt at the 1-yard line and fell into the end zone for the first score of the game in the opening quarter.
More about Russell Wilson being awesome.
Russell Wilson, also a two-sport standout and Rockies draftee, is shining as bright as any quarterback in the ACC right now and North Carolina State is off to a 4-0 start for the first time since 2002.
From The Atlanta Journal Constitution
Postgame quotes by a seemingly-pleased TOB:
“It certainly was a good day for us, and I’m very happy for our football team. Everybody contributed to what we wanted to get done. We couldn’t have done this without a lot of effort on a lot of people’s parts.
Enjoy the impressive win yesterday and the 4-0 start, because next Saturday we have a very tough, yet winnable, game versus Virginia Tech (3:30, ABC). We can’t sleep on the Hokies because they lost to James Madison, they’ll come into a very hostile Carter-Finley ready to play, no question.