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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, 7:35 p.m.

    Exactly, Ed. Everyone is writing UVA off. Until yesterday, I didn't know how good they are. ... View More

    — Posted by GunnyGoesBaaaarf

    Carolina gets their chance to see how good they can be in two weeks. The Hoos have been very... View More

    — Posted by Ken D.

    Ken, if UNC plays like they have in recent weeks, my Cavaliers will have their hands full. If... View More

    — Posted by ed taylor

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

    — Posted by GunnyGoesBaaaarf

    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.

  • GunnyGoesBaaaarf Nov 5, 4:45 p.m.

    RA... you might want to review the game film, for Virginia games this year. If you're can put... View More

    — Posted by ed taylor

    Exactly, Ed. Everyone is writing UVA off. Until yesterday, I didn't know how good they are. ... View More

    — Posted by GunnyGoesBaaaarf

    Carolina gets their chance to see how good they can be in two weeks. The Hoos have been very... View More

    — Posted by Ken D.

    Ken, if UNC plays like they have in recent weeks, my Cavaliers will have their hands full. If... View More

    — Posted by ed taylor

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

  • GunnyGoesBaaaarf Nov 5, 4:42 p.m.

    A HAHAHAHAHA

    — Posted by 903 mens national championships

    RA... you might want to review the game film, for Virginia games this year. If you're can put... View More

    — Posted by ed taylor

    Exactly, Ed. Everyone is writing UVA off. Until yesterday, I didn't know how good they are. ... View More

    — Posted by GunnyGoesBaaaarf

    Carolina gets their chance to see how good they can be in two weeks. The Hoos have been very... View More

    — Posted by Ken D.

    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.

  • GunnyGoesBaaaarf Nov 5, 4:37 p.m.

    State had everything to play for: get the bad taste of losing to Carolina out of their... View More

    — Posted by GunnyGoesBaaaarf

    UNC beats NCSU twice Gunny, onece last Saturday, and yesterday with the uninspired effort... View More

    — Posted by Dr. Feelgood

    And the Cardinal rule of sports is to NEVER let a team beat you twice.

    — Posted by GunnyGoesBaaaarf

    Are there any carnal rules of sport?

    — Posted by Hammerhead

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

  • GunnyGoesBaaaarf Nov 5, 4:34 p.m.

    And the Cardinal rule of sports is to NEVER let a team beat you twice.

    You just made that up, lol. Ahhhhh, women.

    — Posted by CSMs Alter Ego

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

  • PacknoPride Nov 5, 2:05 p.m.

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

  • ed taylor Nov 5, 12:24 p.m.

    To be honest, I saw very little of this game. I did see some of my neighbors coming home quite... View More

    — Posted by Honesty first

    +1.

    I actually figured State would come back in the second half. Like the MD game last year. ... View More

    — Posted by wjuliang

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

    — Posted by Honesty first

    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, 10:32 a.m.

    To be honest, I saw very little of this game. I did see some of my neighbors coming home quite... View More

    — Posted by Honesty first

    +1.

    I actually figured State would come back in the second half. Like the MD game last year. ... View More

    — Posted by wjuliang

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

  • wjuliang Nov 5, 9:24 a.m.

    To be honest, I saw very little of this game. I did see some of my neighbors coming home quite... View More

    — Posted by Honesty first

    +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, 9:18 a.m.

    Stop hating on TOB. He is a hard working coach who runs a clean program. He deserves to stay... View More

    — Posted by 4tarheels

    +1

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