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.