Fast forward to Sunday, September 3rd

AP – Saturday, September 2nd – 9:53 pm EST – Raleigh, NC

Behind a potent rushing attack and stingy defense that allowed fewer than 200 total yards, NC State opened its 2006 season with a resounding 34-13 victory over defending I-AA champions Appalachian State before a packed house of 60,000 Saturday night at newly refurbished Carter-Finley stadium in Raleigh, NC.

In the days leading up to the game, NC State coach Chuck Amato expressed concern over the team’s preparedness to take on their scrappy, but disciplined neighbors from the mountains of western North Carolina. Those fears were put to rest as the Wolfpack jumped out to a 14-0 1st quarter lead behind 2 rushing touchdowns (3 yards and 11 yards) from sophomore Andre Brown.

Quarterback Marcus Stone also hooked up with converted flanker Darrell Blackmon on a 21 yard touchdown pass in the 2nd quarter before the Mountaineers answered with a 37-yard field goal to close out scoring in the 1st half.

The NC State offense, which struggled throughout 2005 to find consistency, featured a balanced attack, as NC State’s running backs combined for 213 yards on the ground, led by Toney Baker’s 91 yards on 13 carries. Redshirt freshman Jamelle Eugene scampered for 53 yards on 7 carries, and Andre Brown added 70 yards on 7 carries in limited action. Marcus Stone looked efficient in passing for 183 yards on 12-19 with 1 touchdown, before giving way to redshirt-junior Daniel Evans at the end of the third quarter. The son of former Wolfpack great Johnny Evans posted good numbers in limited action- 8-11, 79 yards, and 1 touchdown.

The 475 total yards were a welcome sign to coach Chuck Amato, who has seen his team struggle with turnovers, penalties, and poor third down conversion rates for the past two seasons. He was pleased that his team only committed six penalties in its first game. “You people saw our fannies committing penalties last year. Those dadgum youngsters did pretty well tonight, pretty well.”

The defense also did not appear to skip a beat, despite having to replace 3 first round NFL draft picks and 6 starters. A new look front four of Raymond Brooks, Martrel Brown, Tank Tyler, and DeMarrio Pressley harrassed Appalachian State, forcing 2 first half fumbles, and registering 3 sacks.

The NC State victory came on the backdrop of a long, strange afternoon in West Raleigh, as snarled traffic caused problems as far away as Henderson, the consequence of newly enacted rules prohibiting fans from tailgating until 4 hours before kickoff. Residents described the scene as worse than the icestorm lockdown of 2004, and completely avoidable. CNN and other national media picked up the story as the lead to their evening newscasts, presenting yet another public relations headache and embarrassing situation for the NC State administration and Raleigh city officials.

Many out of town ticket holders arrived in the morning to setup their tailgates, a custom that dates back to the mid 1960s when (then named) Carter stadium opened. Instead, fans discovered locked gates and no traffic control presence. Confused fans parked their caravans on the side of the road, creating a logjam of traffic that didn’t resolve itself until 1 1/2 hours into the game.

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21 Responses to Fast forward to Sunday, September 3rd

  1. Delete-Me 08/27/2006 at 1:58 PM #

    A win is a win… Bring on Akron!

  2. NCSUDude17 08/27/2006 at 2:20 PM #

    I’ll take that, although I would perfer Burke getting playing time as opposed to Evans.

  3. CaptainCraptacular 08/27/2006 at 3:06 PM #

    Speaking of newly refurbished Carter-Finley.. here is a link to an album someone put together of pictures of the North End Zone which covers the constuction from December of last year to this weekend. If you hadn’t seen it in awhile check it out. I’d say its looking very, very good. The only pics I’d seen recently were in The Wolfpacker, until I saw these.

  4. Lock 08/27/2006 at 3:17 PM #


  5. CaptainCraptacular 08/27/2006 at 4:27 PM #

    ^^^ NCSUDude:

    Burke’s redshirting this year isn’t he? Wouldn’t want to waste a redshirt on mop up duty, right?

  6. NCSUDude17 08/27/2006 at 5:31 PM #

    He hasn’t resdhirted, and game experience is game experience. I wish Stone would have had more when he took over.

  7. forst8 08/27/2006 at 6:41 PM #

    I would like to see the following added to the writeup of this game —-

    “After the game, Coach Amato said that he is particularly happy with the fact that only 6 penalties were called on the Wolfpack and none of the penalties were called for lining up offsides or for personal fouls. Amato remarked that it is particularly rewarding to see the team respond to the emphasis that has been stressed in practice this year regarding not beating ourselves.”

  8. Clarksa 08/27/2006 at 10:45 PM #

    Rumor spread through the crowd that Chancellor Oblinger was late to his luxuary suite and missed kick-off because of the traffic problems.

  9. duckmanjw 08/27/2006 at 11:12 PM #

    Final paragraph should read:

    In other local ACC action, Duke holds off Richmond 17-13. Wake Forest drops a heartbreaker in double OT to Syracuse 31-28 and North Carolina falls hard to Rutgers, 35-17. See full stories on page 2.

  10. Slader4881 08/27/2006 at 11:28 PM #

    If you think Evans will sniff the field you are crazy….. I believe the score is probably right on, but we should not take Stone out at the end of the 3rd. Also no way Stone goes 12-19 passing, unless we are playing a Pop Warner team.

  11. spudmarsh 08/27/2006 at 11:54 PM #

    Hey, Can anybody around 6’6” and above from the football team suit up for roundball?

  12. whitefang 08/28/2006 at 7:25 AM #

    Hell I’ll take 34-33 State. I know all you guys from other parts of NC and the rest of the world aren’t nervous about this game, but I was on a western NC lake yesterday with 3 App State grads, and that’s all they were talking about. One is high in the “Yosef Club” (what is a Yosef?) and has attended several practices. According to him, this is their signature game for this year and the whole team is focusing on it. They think they are D1A material.
    Please be right. I’ll shut up now and wait for the “you are an idiot WF” comments. They make me feel better.

  13. BoKnowsNCS71 08/28/2006 at 8:42 AM #

    I think the win by Rutgers is going to be accurate. I want the holes starting out on the right foot.

  14. ktpritch 08/28/2006 at 8:43 AM #

    Good artiles on Rivers and the Chargers – might have to register (free) to NY Times to view

    SPORTS / PRO FOOTBALL | August 28, 2006
    A Master Plan, Pursued a Pass at a Time
    Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers proves adept at building relationships and raising hopes.

  15. packpigskinfan23 08/28/2006 at 9:24 AM #

    Captian~ GREAT pics… thanks! I cant wait to go to a game… unfortunatly I dont think I am gonna be able to get a ticket until the BC game…

    I hope this article is right, but I am with whitefang… its not a gimme that we are gonna walk away with a dominating win.

  16. bTHEredterror 08/28/2006 at 8:24 PM #

    As good as App St is, we should beat them even if we don’t play well. I know they give a tough game, but the difference in athletic talent from them to us is too great. I played for Coach Moore for a couple of years, and he is a great coach, and a good man. But most of the kids playing at App, are there because they weren’t big enough, fast enough, and sometimes good enough, to play for the likes of State.

  17. BoKnowsNCS71 08/29/2006 at 8:07 AM #

    Uh — with tropical storm Ernesto looming – maybe the prediction should be ameded to state:

    “On a wet and rain soaked field, the Wolfpack players slogged and slipped to a victory in a low scoring game. The mountaineer passing attack could not get started. Rain left over from the storm that passed through the state Friday put Mother Nature’s damper on the season opener but not the fans.”

  18. Dan 08/29/2006 at 9:03 AM #

    Off topic-

    Wow. I cannot believe how little coverage is being to NC State basketball recruiting these days. Scout and Rivals now list Rashard Green as a “sold verbal” but not a mention of it on any blog and nary a story on the Wolfpacker or Pack Pride.

    I’ve said all I’m going to say about the fourth sleeper scholarship granted. But I just cant believe people have alraedy lost total interest in following it. Its ok to be disappointed, but not complacent. While Green is a sleeper, I would put him in the upper echelon of sleepers with Johnny Thomas ahead of Bartosz and Degand.

  19. BJD95 08/29/2006 at 9:33 AM #

    ^ Dan, I don’t know enough background info to post about it. Once there is a non-premium article to link and/or I get independent confirmation, then I will link it.

  20. Dan 08/29/2006 at 9:55 AM #


    I havent found a non-premium article quite yet, but as of last night he is listed on both scouting websites as a verbal.

    One postive related to this kid is that he was recruited, if only lightly by Pitt. He claimed offers from both UVa and Pitt. Other interesting notes: He will be prepping this year at North Bridgton Academy where Bartosz also prepped last year. (Will Bridgton become Sid’s Hargrave?) And he is UNC’s Danny Green’s little brother. had him rated as the #9 rated player in NYC. (Point of reference – Larry Davis was #5)


  1. What’s hAPPening » Going for 2 in 5 days - 08/28/2006

    f4viuQ Fantastic article post.Really thank you! Will read on…

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