Greetings Wolven brethren. I’m getting a late start again today, so this is going to be short and sweet probably.
Another Hurricane arrives today at Carter-Finley. Hopefully this one won’t flood my house like the last one.
Miami (6-4/3-3 ACC) rolls into town today. They’ve had a somewhat similar season to our own Wolfpack . Good early, 4 game skid in the middle, recently pulled out of tailspin. The past two weeks they’ve pasted Pitt and UVa respectively, and they will be bowling regardless of what transpires from here on out.
After going on the road to Syracuse last weekend and putting a hurting on the Orange, the Pack (5-5/2-4 ACC) needs to win just once in the next two weeks (Miami, at U*NC) to become bowl eligible themselves. It would be nice if the Pack could get that done today so that they could just concentrate on beating some Tar Heel tail next week.
Wolfpack Meets Miami on Senior Day (GoPack.com)
NC State (5-5, 2-4 ACC) must win at least one of its last two games to reach bowl eligibility status for the third consecutive season, and the sixth time over the last seven seasons. Game time is 12:30 p.m.
The opponent will be Miami (6-4, 3-3 ACC), an opponent looking to restore a rich tradition of excellence under their first-year head coach Mark Richt. The Hurricanes became bowl eligible for the ninth straight year by posting a road win at Virginia last week, 34-14.
Adding to the intrigue on Saturday will be tailback Matthew Dayes‘ quest to become NC State’s first 1,000-yard rusher since T.A. McLendon in 2002. Dayes, who has seven 100-yard rushing games this season, needs to 61 more yards to reach 1,000.
“Obviously, we all want to get to 1,000 yards, especially for the offensive line,” Dayes said. “They’ve done a heck of a job this season. It would be great to get it.”
The soft-spoken Dayes was one of those seniors who joined Doeren’s first recruiting class in February of 2013. He offered a glimpse of what was to come in the future when he scored three touchdowns in his first college game as a true freshman.
Wow, really???? 14 years ago was the last time we had a 1,000 yard rusher???? Yes, really.
So it’s Senior Day for DD’s first class. Let’s send ’em out in style.
Time: 12:30pm Kickoff
TV: ACCNetwork, Locally on WRAL5
The Pack is a 2.5 pt home underdog in this one according to Vegas. And as I’m typing that, Lee Corso just picked us as his “Superdog” of the week. Now we’re probably jinxed.
There was basketball last night in the Virgin Islands. The Pack pulled away late for a 13 point victory over Montana, 85-72, to move to 3-0 on the young season.
Abu led the way with 25pts and 8 boards. DSJ tallied 21 pts and Torin Dorn chipped in for 16.
Pack Controls Second Half to Defeat Montana (GoPack.com)
NC State pulled away from Montana in the second half to win its Paradise Jam opener, 85-72, at the USVI Sport and Fitness Center on Friday evening.
Montana had a 40-38 lead at halftime after a back-and-forth first half that saw 11 lead changes and no team with a lead bigger than five points. The Grizzlies had their biggest lead of the game at 5-2 in the opening moments of the game.
[Markell] Johnson had the best game of his short career with the Pack as the Cleveland, Ohio native scored nine points on 4-of-5 shooting and added six assists, four steals and one block with zero turnovers in 27 minutes off-the-bench.
The Pack advance to the winner’s bracket of the Paradise Jam and will play #22/20 Creighton on Sunday at 8:30 p.m. EST. The game will be televised on CBS Sports Network.
Creighton on Sunday night will be a good test for the young Pack. I wish Mr. Kapita could be there for that one. Oh well.
OK, time for football. Let’s do this.