The following quote comes from Chip Alexander’s post-Virginia-game clipboard
THIS WON’T MAKE THE COACH’S SHOW:
The Pack has had problems stopping teams in the closing minutes of the first half. After State took a 20-10 lead with 1:31 left before halftime, Virginia went 64 yards in eight plays for a TD with 27 seconds remaining.
It may not make the coach’s show but it is making SFN. In fact, this item made SFN during the Wolfpack’s win at East Carolina the previous week. Check out the following comment made at 6:40pm in our ECU game entry
Speaking of Groundhog daysâ€¦will someone PLEASE tell our defensive coordinator that rushing three DLmen DOESNâ€™T WORK!?!?
State chose to consistently ONLY rush three on ECUâ€™s last series of the first half, only to have the Pirates easily march the ball down the field for the touchdown. JEEZ. We couldnâ€™t have made it easier on them.
To be fair, State did rush more than three against Sewell on the Cavs quick final drive of the half. Every time we got pressure on Sewell with the rush, he made us pay for it with a good run. Everytime that we didn’t get pressure, he hit quick passes for positive yards.
The ECU experience was different. The Pirates literally marched down the field in less than 90 seconds by doing nothing but hitting passes made easy by the lack of pressure created by a half-dozen (plus) consecutive plays of three-man rushes.
With Miami’s struggles at quarterback (please see this great entry), it will be interesting to see what the Wolfpack will do if we face a similar situation this week.