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Ken Medlin

Pack shows improvement in loss

Posted September 20, 2013

Wide receiver Bryan Underwood (80) takes a handoff during the Clemson vs. NC State game on September 19, 2013 in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Not quite two weeks ago, I stood on the sidelines at the NC State-Richmond game and ran the same thought though my mind over and over again: Clemson is going to destroy State.

Judging from the conversations I had in the following days, I wasn't alone in that opinion – which is why the Pack's performance against the Tigers Thursday night looks all the more impressive.

Admittedly, no one ever wants to hear about moral victories for their teams – let's face it, moral victories are always losses – but NC State impressed me (and a lot of other people) with its performance against Clemson.

On the defensive side, State found a way to get to Tajh Boyd – the two sacks and four hurries listed in the box score don't really tell the tale – and disrupted his rhythm early.

That's a far cry from what I saw from the same group against Richmond. And who thought the Pack would record more tackles for loss than Clemson? I didn't, but the numbers don't lie. State held their own against a team that came in averaging 45 points per game.

Offensively, State found ways to put the ball in the hands of players who can make plays. Bryan Underwood and Rashard Smith have the ability to make defensive players miss them.

And while it may seem like a simple idea to run plays for "playmakers," sometimes play calling doesn't facilitate that. Matt Canada and Dave Doeren found ways to involve these players, and Underwood nearly broke two runs for touchdowns - one can argue he did break one for a score, but an early whistle negated it.

NC State lost, and by double digits at that. But the Wolfpack impressed with their play on Thursday night. And that's very encouraging indeed.

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  • Hokies94 Sep 22, 4:44 p.m.

    Based upon watching all teams play since Thursday night, State looks better vs UNC and Duke. All phases of of the game.

  • Gunnstigator Sep 20, 4:45 p.m.

    State did show huge improvements on both sides of the ball last night. I'm really impressed with how well State played, and I believe they'll have a good season.

  • shpack4 Sep 20, 3:18 p.m.

    Sportznut,
    No just confirming your lack of intelligence. Hard to sound like anything with the written word.I guess not having to attend class does have an impact.

  • sportznutV2.1 Sep 20, 3:07 p.m.

    sportznut(fitting name) This is a thread about football. Leave it to a pansy tarhole to try to... View More

    — Posted by shpack4

    Oh my bad you sounded like Pack fans when TOB was hired

  • shpack4 Sep 20, 2:46 p.m.

    sportznut(fitting name) This is a thread about football. Leave it to a pansy tarhole to try to relate to basketball. Why don't you go back to your UNCheat rental car, no class website. It is really tiring to see the only comments you th$gs can make are related to basketball. I know it is an intelligence issue with you tarholes. By the way to mom has your sandwich ready.

  • chivegas Sep 20, 2:44 p.m.

    It's too bad that State go screwed with that bad call (Henderson was in!), but my Pack did show... View More

    — Posted by sburks1906

    You sound like Pack fans after Lowes first team went to OT in the ACC Championship game - how'd... View More

    — Posted by sportznutV2.1

    Lay off the crackpipe.

  • chivegas Sep 20, 2:44 p.m.

    State would have won if the phantom out of bounds call hadn't been whistled on the major... View More

    — Posted by corey3rd2

    Oh come on now. State got hosed on that call. Doesn't mean they would have won (but it would have surely made it interesting). You can't review a play that's (erroneously) called dead. Bad call, but a good game. Move on.

  • sportznutV2.1 Sep 20, 2:27 p.m.

    It's too bad that State go screwed with that bad call (Henderson was in!), but my Pack did show... View More

    — Posted by sburks1906

    You sound like Pack fans after Lowes first team went to OT in the ACC Championship game - how'd that work out?

  • sburks1906 Sep 20, 2:23 p.m.

    I meant Underwood! My bad...

  • sburks1906 Sep 20, 2:21 p.m.

    It's too bad that State go screwed with that bad call (Henderson was in!), but my Pack did show me something last night. We are in good hands with Doeren.
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