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Ken Medlin

Pack performance puzzles against Virginia

Posted November 4, 2012

It's a good thing NC State had a basketball game Saturday, because their football team certainly didn't give fans anything to cheer for against Virginia.

It would be easy to say the Cavaliers came in and dominated the Pack, but in truth it seems more like the Wolfpack's wounds were self-inflicted. State's five turnovers were more than Virginia had forced all season, and the drops that plagued Wolfpack receivers against North Carolina a week ago continued.

That's what seems most disturbing about this 33-6 loss – State's unfocused, concentration-free effort effort was exactly what I did not expect from a Tom O'Brien-coached team in this situation, coming after an emotional loss last week at UNC.

Since 2010, O'Brien's teams were 10-1 after losses – this group of coaches and players knows how to refocus.

Except this time, they didn't.

Virginia was a game just about everyone had chalked down as a win. Maybe the guys at the Murphy Center did the same. Regardless, this loss is now a glaring mark on a once-promising season.

A division championship is practically out of the question now, but at this point all the 5-4 Wolfpack needs to worry about the next game on the schedule. Wake Forest hasn't exactly been an easy out for State over the last decade.

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  • ed taylor Nov 5, 2012

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    JG... if I can, I will be signed in. For sure, I'll be watchin' the game. I'll look for y'all.

    Hokie94... before I forget.. g'luck Thursday. I WILL be pullin', for your team.

  • StunGunn Nov 5, 2012

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    I hope to see you on the live blog for the game, Ed. We'll probably both be biting our nails:)

  • StunGunn Nov 5, 2012

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    Charlottesville has pretty much been a house of horrors for Carolina; they finally won there two years ago, breaking a long-running streak. I'm with you: I don't expect this year to be any easier for the Heels, especially since they lost to Wake and Duke on the road, teams they could have beaten, but didn't. It should be a good game, and beating State soundly has given UVA confidence, just as beating State has given Carolina confidence.

  • StunGunn Nov 5, 2012

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    The Wolfpack should have eaten the Hoos? Guess they're vegetarian?

  • StunGunn Nov 5, 2012

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    Yeah - you can't live with us, and you can't live with us:) (I made that up too)

  • PacknoPride Nov 5, 2012

    Is there every a game in football, basketball, baseball, or any sport where State fans aren't questioning a call?

  • ed taylor Nov 5, 2012

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    In defense of those that left... and I have no dog in this hunt... there was a basketball game at PNC Arena right after the game. I don't know, if it was open seating. If it was, that would help explain why all the empty seats so soon. If I'm watching a one-sided game and I have a choice to get a better seat for another event by getting there sooner... I'm leavin'. Otherwise, I would probably hang to the bitter end.

  • Honesty first Nov 5, 2012

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    Not only did NCSU not come back, their fans did not come back either.

  • wjuliang Nov 5, 2012

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    +1.

    I actually figured State would come back in the second half. Like the MD game last year. Maybe the Pack just had a bad day.

  • wjuliang Nov 5, 2012

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    +1

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