NC State

Chat: Virginia spoils NC State homecoming with 33-6 rout

Posted November 1, 2012
Updated November 3, 2012

First Quarter: Virginia strikes first with a 75-yard drive capped off by a 2-yard run by quarterback Phillip Sims on 3rd and goal. Cavaliers lead 7-0. 

Backup quarterback Michael Rocco caps off another impressive UVa drive late in the first quarter with an 18-yard touchdown pass to Darius Jennings. The Cavaliers have been balanced early and lead 14-0.

Second Quarter: Virginia extends its lead to 16-0 by sacking NC State quarterback Mike Glennon in the end zone. The sack came after a big punt return by Rashard Smith was wiped out by a block in the back. 

Halftime: Virginia outgained NC State 199-103 in the first half, holding the Wolfpack to 0 net rushing yards thanks to four sacks. The Cavaliers tallied just 37 yards in the second quarter, but expanded their lead with the safety coupled with stout defense. 

NC State had seven penalties for 45 yards, two interceptions and a fumble in the first 30 minutes, and converted just one of its six third downs. 

Third Quarter: Phillips Sims hit Tim Smith from 38 yards out to push Virginia's lead to 23-0 with 11:10 left in the quarter. The touchdown pass come one play after the Cavaliers converted a 4th and 1.

Fourth Quarter: A 33-yard field goal by Drew Jarrett put the game at a true four-score separation, 26-0 the full quarter to play.  more NC State turnovers thou, kept them off the board.

NC State reached the red zone for the first time all game with eight minutes to play on back-to-back pass completions and the help of a face mask penalty. They finally got into the endzone on a 2-yard pass play to tight end Mario Carter although the 2-point conversion failed making the game 20-6.

To help put the final punctuation on the game for Virginia, the Cavs went for it on 4th and 1 and got a 31-yard touchdown run by Kevin Parks.

Pre-Game: The NC State Wolfpack will return home to Carter-Finley Stadium as it licks its wounds after a tough loss to rival North Carolina and prepares to take on Virginia in an Atlantic Coast Conference clash.

The NC State Wolfpack will return home to Carter-Finley Stadium as it licks its wounds after a tough loss to rival North Carolina and prepares to take on Virginia in an Atlantic Coast Conference clash.

After a 2-0 start, optimism about this season started to grow for the Cavaliers. Six games and six losses later and that optimism is nowhere to be found. After a 16-10 loss at home to Wake Forest, the second straight at home for the Cavaliers, Virginia is now 0-4 in conference play and 2-6 overall. Playing on the road is an unlikely cure for those ills as the Cavaliers have lost all three games on the road this season and those contests haven't been that close. Virginia has been outscored 125-44 away from Charlottesville.

A 74-yard punt return for a touchdown with 13 seconds left in regulation by North Carolina's Giovani Bernard, doomed NC State in a 43-35 game that was filled with offense. The two teams combined for 1,104 yards of total offense with 39 of the combined points coming in the first quarter. The loss ended a relatively strong stretch of football from the Wolfpack which had won five of their six previous games. NC State is 5-3 overall and still has an outside shot in the conference title chase.

Last season NC State ended a five-game road losing streak in the all-time series with Virginia with a 28-14 win in Charlottesville. The win pushed the Wolfpack's advantage in the all-time series to 34-21-1.

Phillip Sims has seemingly taken over the starting quarterback job at Virginia. Sims has started in three straight games and is coming off an effort against Wake Forest in which Michael Rocco, who began the season as the starter, did not throw a pass for the first time this season. Sims has completed only 54.2 percent of his passes for an even 1,000 yards, but has kept the turnovers down with four interceptions to seven touchdown passes. Rocco had eight interceptions prior to being replaced. N.C. State Logo More NCSU Stories

The uncertainty at quarterback has meant some inconsistency in total offensive production for Virginia, which is scoring 21.5 points and picking up 407.9 yards per game.

No one pass catcher has really established themselves as the go-to receiver. Darius Jennings does have a team lead in receptions (29) and yards (407) but he has only 88 yards in the last three weeks. Four other receivers have at least 20 receptions, with E.J. Scott having the second most receiving yards with 351. Jake McGee has been the more dangerous player in terms of scoring with a team-high four touchdowns.

Kevin Parks and Perry Jones have formed a tandem at running back that has accounted for 825 of the team's 1,025 rushing yards this season. Parks has started in only one game, but is the leader in attempts (103) and yards (503). Jones has picked up 322 yards but has been much less productive down to down with a 3.5 yards per carry average.

Virginia's defense has been the third best in the conference in terms of yards allowed (356.9 ypg) but that hasn't stopped teams from hanging up points on the Cavaliers. Virginia is the third worst team in scoring defense this season allowing 30.9 points per game.

Steve Greer has been a tackling machine racking up 76 on the season. He has also totaled 6.5 tackles for loss and two sacks, which are also team highs. Demetrious Nicholson hasn't been as disruptive in the backfield, but has been so in the passing game, breaking up 10 passes this season. Eli Harold and Henry Coley each have five tackles for loss for the Cavs.

The quarterback situation at NC State has been decidedly less rocky. Mike Glennon has thrown for 2,455 yards this season and 19 touchdowns, while completing passes at a 57.9 percent clip. He has been picked off nine times but enters play as the conference leader in passing yards per game (306.9) and just a touchdown shy of the league lead.

Glennon has relied heavily on the production of Quintin Payton and Bryan Underwood. Payton has been the most productive in terms of catching passes and picking up yards with team-highs of 34 receptions for 603 yards. Underwood on the other hand has been uncanny in his ability to find the end zone with 10 receiving touchdowns this season.

In the running game, Tony Creecy and Shadrach Thornton have been the two main backs. Thornton has fewer yards total (298) but is averaging more yards per game (59.6). Creecy has more carries (95) and yards (385) but is averaging fewer yards on average per game (55.0).

NC State is not in the upper echelon of the conference in stopping opposing teams from picking up yards, giving up the eighth most yards per game (416.1). However, the Wolfpack have been very strong in keeping teams from turning those yardage totals into points, ranking fourth in the conference in scoring defense (23.0 ppg). NC State has allowed teams to score on 76 percent of their red zone attempts, which is the third best success rate in the conference.

In terms of individual production, the defense has been led almost exclusively out of the secondary. Safeties Brandan Bishop (68) and Earl Wolff (63) are the team leaders in tackles, while All-American cornerback David Amerson has snagged four interceptions and has accumulated 36 tackles. Rickey Dowdy leads the linebacking corps with 55 tackles, including a team-high 9.0 tackles for loss. Darryl Cato-Bishop is the team's best pass rusher with 4.5 sacks.

Even though Virginia has figured out its quarterback situation there are still a number of troubling issues that the Cavaliers have yet to show improvement in this season. NC State has been very strong at home with a 3-0 mark at Carter-Finley Stadium. That mark should remain unblemished after this contest.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: NC State 31, Virginia 17

46 Comments

Please to add a comment.

Oldest First
View all
  • Deacons Nov 3, 5:51 p.m.

    TOB has the personality of sheet rock. It's no wonder he has difficulty motivating his team.

    — Posted by slayerhil

    Agreed

  • scousler Nov 3, 4:32 p.m.

    Yeah, Bobby Petrino (former Arkansas coach) got fired because of an undisclosed relationship with a coed that he actually hired with university funds. He's got a red nose too and a very successful record in the SEC. Plus ya gotta admire the moxie of someone to essentially have a mistress, and get her paid with someone else's money.

  • ncsu4me Nov 3, 4:29 p.m.

    well when will debbie yow put on her big girt pants and fires TOB. This was by far the poorest game played by NC STATE...The players and coaches in total..A total waste of wolfpack money..there is no reason for this at all..Maybe when the fans start to stop paying to watch such an event , then maybe Yow will have to do something...Even if State beats Clemson, they are still CHUMPs...Hope it doesn't carry over to B Ball..This type of play pulls down the entire athletic program.

  • tgriffin45 Nov 3, 4:27 p.m.

    Does the Arkansas coach mess with coed
    too???

  • Hokies94 Nov 3, 4:25 p.m.

    State will roll today against UVA.

    — Posted by Hokies94

    Holy Cow! Hokie, I thought the same thing as you, but I just can't believe it's 16 - Zip going... View More

    — Posted by StunGunn

    What a year in ACC football. This one is hard to believe. I had to write what I did on the smack... View More

    — Posted by Hokies94

    Thanks, Hokie. Yes, what a year in the ACC. And just wait till basketball season starts!

    — Posted by StunGunn

    I have been reading a lot from Virginia. The players like our new head coach. He has recruited a few. Still I see UNC, Duke, and State running the show. Miami and FSU should be OK too.

    No one in the Country would have UVA beating State like this today. The Pressure is on TOB.

  • scousler Nov 3, 4:24 p.m.

    I hear that coach from Arkansas is available - he would bookend well with Gott.

  • tgriffin45 Nov 3, 4:24 p.m.

    This is just way TOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO funny...go Pack !! ha ha

  • slayerhil Nov 3, 4:22 p.m.

    TOB has the personality of sheet rock. It's no wonder he has difficulty motivating his team.

  • stormtrooper76 Nov 3, 4:21 p.m.

    NC State Football is the Grim Reaper of college head coaching careers.

    The sickle is about to come out and another (O'Brian) head coaching career is about to bit the dust!

  • rastubar Nov 3, 4:20 p.m.

    Watching TOB Coach inspires me like an Egg Plant!

More...

 

 

  • ACC: Clemson at NC State

    Wednesday at 9:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • ACC: NC State at Georgia Tech

    Saturday at 12:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • SEC: Arkansas at Florida

    Saturday at 2:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • PGA: Waste Management Phoenix Open

    Saturday at 3:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • HSBB: Broughton at Leesville Road

    Tomorrow at 7:00 pm on 620am

  • NHL: Hurricanes vs. Tampa Bay

    Tomorrow at 7:30 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • ACC: Duke at Notre Dame

    Wednesday at 7:30 pm on 620am

  • ACC: NC State vs. Clemson

    Wednesday at 9:00 pm on WRAL-FM

Scoreboard
Local
Final
STJ 68
DUKE 77
Final
NCSU 78
ND 81
7:00pm Tonight
NCCU
DELST
 
7:00pm Tonight
UNC
SYR
 
Final
CHI 84
MIA 96
Final
CLE 108
OKC 98
Final
NOP 109
DAL 106
Final
ORL 99
IND 106
Final
PHO 100
LAC 120
Final
ATL 112
MIN 100
Final
TOR 114
DET 110
Final
SAN 101
MIL 95
Final
GSW 114
BOS 111
Final
DEN 115
WAS 117
Final
LAL 87
HOU 99
7:30pm Tonight
BRK
POR
 
7:30pm Tonight
NYK
SAC
 
8:00pm Tonight
OKC
MIN
 
8:00pm Tonight
MEM
ORL
 
8:00pm Tonight
NOP
PHI
 
9:00pm Tonight
UTA
BOS
 
10:30pm Tonight
LAC
DEN
 
Final
UCONN 66
SFLA 53
Final
GT 62
BC 64
Final
VT 47
UVA 50
Final
OSU 82
IND 70
Final
UCF 46
CIN 56
Final
WICHS 74
DRAK 40
Final
STJ 68
DUKE 77
Final
MAR 73
FAIR 67
 
Final
HART 61
MAINE 70
 
Final
MAN 71
MON 64
 
Final
PRIN 96
ROWAN 48
 
Final
SIENA 55
PETE 69
 
Final
RIU 53
BONA 48
Final
BING 54
USB 61
 
Final
MLOWELL 50
VERM 61
 
Final
BUT 77
SHU 57
Final
SALA 55
YALE 72
 
Final
PITT 68
LOU 80
Final
ILLST 53
NIOWA 54
Final
GTDNS 69
UMBC 55
 
Final
IONA 87
NIAG 64
 
Final
TENST 55
BEL 63
 
Final
NCSU 78
ND 81
Final
VILL 71
CREI 50
Final
MD 68
NW 67
Final
UTAH 77
WASH 56
7:00pm Tonight
AMER
ARMY
 
7:00pm Tonight
OU
CLST
 
7:00pm Tonight
NCCU
DELST
 
7:00pm Tonight
PBY
HIGH
 
7:00pm Tonight
UNC
SYR
 
7:00pm Tonight
DET
WRST
 
7:30pm Tonight
NCAT
COPST
 
7:30pm Tonight
SCST
HAMP
 
7:30pm Tonight
COOK
HOW
 
7:30pm Tonight
NWST
NICST
 
8:00pm Tonight
NO
CARK
 
8:00pm Tonight
CAMP
GWEBB
 
8:00pm Tonight
FAM
MDES
 
8:00pm Tonight
INCWORD
MCNST
 
8:00pm Tonight
SAV
NORST
 
8:00pm Tonight
ABCHRIST
SHSU
 
8:00pm Tonight
LAM
STEPH
 
8:00pm Tonight
SELA
TAMCC
 
8:05pm Tonight
VALPO
UWMIL
 
8:30pm Tonight
ALAAM
ALCOR
 
8:30pm Tonight
ALAST
SOUTH
 
9:00pm Tonight
ARKPB
PVU
 
9:00pm Tonight
ISU
TEX
 
9:00pm Tonight
MVSU
TXSOU
 
Final
TEAMFOLI 12
TEAMTOEWS 17
Final
CARTER 28
IRVIN 32