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Film Study: Three wins for Triangle teams

Posted September 24, 2012

In this week’s film review of the Triangle’s teams, we look at success on all three fronts. Duke, UNC and State go 3-0. The film always looks better after a win. There are still some correctable things. We’ll get to those right now.

1. UNC 27  ECU 6
Gio Bernard comes back with a vengeance. Okay, not really. He didn’t favor the knee, which is good for upcoming opponents. It keeps teams from targeting the knee. The only problem is, he didn’t get those explosive plays on the corner. The longest run of the evening for him was nine yards. That has to get better.

On the defensive side of the ball, you can’t look at the six points the Tar Heels gave up and say it was a dominating performance. ECU just couldn’t move the Heels in the Red Zone, not to mention they don’t have a legit quarterback.

The Tar Heels continue to struggle with their secondary. This week it was tackling. It’s amazing how many times you see a DB in the right place at the right time, and he doesn’t even get a hand on the ball carrier. However, at the end of the day, you’re back on the right side of the win column. Winning breeds winning.

2. Duke 38 – Memphis 14
Here’s to reality. In college football, if you don’t go to a bowl game in almost two decades, your defense is consistently bad. I love offense, but that doesn’t get you a winning record.

Defense has eluded Duke’s team in years past. Not this year. They are flying around and making plays. Five sacks, eight tackles for loss and two forced fumbles: That is what defense looks like.

And with David Cutcliffe getting his offense going with Sean Renfree (314 yds 4 TDS) leading the charge, Duke is poised to go to their first bowl game.

3. NC State 52 – The Citadel 14
Hello ShadPack Thornton. As a true freshman, it’s so difficult to wrap your brain around the plays, the protections and the speed of the game. But say what you will about the smaller Bulldog defense getting pushed around, when you rush for 145 yards and two touchdowns in your first college football game, it’s impressive.

The offensive line played their best game. They were challenged this week, and they stepped up.

Linebacker Rodman Noel has gotten better every game. He will be the second best defensive player for the Pack by the end of the year. Second to David Amerson, who picked off ANOTHER pass. That’s three in the last three games. He knows how to make plays on the ball when it’s in the air.
 

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  • uncsuckz Sep 24, 9:28 p.m.

    Great article Mark. Keep up the good work.

  • simplysavvy Sep 24, 12:44 p.m.

    Mark Thomas is atrocious. You talk about how the DB's for UNC can't tackle? Thats what you got from that game? Those DB's did have a couple of missed assignments but overall were solid. Heck Jabari Price got All-ACC honors this week at the cornerback position. The hate in your heart towards UNC will not allow you to write a solely positive article for them.

  • todmax Sep 24, 11:15 a.m.

    Here's a great idea. Let's let Mark Thomas exclusively post for the Wolfpack, and let an... View More

    — Posted by marillion6

    Couldn't agree more. Gio with over 100 yards of offense and 2 TDs, one of which was a receiving touchdown where he was very elusive. The Heel defense gave up some yards on two drives in the first half but clamped down in the Red Zone, and then went sack happy in the 2nd half in a dominating way. Seven sacks (which the poorly reviewed secondary can take no credit for right?), no TDs allowed, only 233 yards total offense allowed. If you are going to do a review and criticize DBs, how about looking at ECU's. Their tackling was terrible and allowed Tapley that long TD run. I thought Thomas played the game and should therefore be able to evaluate the games logically, but apparently this is not so.

  • marillion6 Sep 24, 11:02 a.m.

    Here's a great idea. Let's let Mark Thomas exclusively post for the Wolfpack, and let an independent party cover the others. He sees through red-tinted glasses at all times, and UNC fans have had enough of the "opinions" of NC State fans, media or otherwise. I long abandoned listening to the "Outsiders" radio show when it became apparent that their coverage of all local schools was window dressing for the main thrust of their show: NC State. Thank God for Sirius Radio, so we're not always stuck with the local hacks.

  • duane11 Sep 24, 9:23 a.m.

    until the Pack o-line can play a game with no sacks given up, they continue to fall short...if they give up sacks to s bama and citadel, what happens against fsu???clemson???..no excuse for this 'veteran' unit, many of which have been playing together

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
UVA 27
UNC 28
Final
NCCU 42
SAVST 14
 
8:07pm Tonight
SFG
KAN
Final
WISC 52
MD 7
Final
SMU 10
MEM 48
Final
ILL 28
MINN 24
Final
RICE 41
UNT 21
Final
NEB 42
RUTG 24
Final
KST 23
TEX 0
Final
ARK 45
UAB 17
Final
UVA 27
UNC 28
Final
EMICH 17
NILL 28
Final
NAVY 41
SJST 31
Final
BST 35
AKR 21
 
Final
GASTATE 31
GASO 69
Final
TOL 42
UMASS 35
 
Final
WMICH 42
OHIO 21
 
Final
COL 37
UCLA 40
Final
UMO 10
KSU 3
 
Final
WAKE 17
BC 23
 
Final
BUF 14
CMICH 20
 
4th
MARS 28
FATL 16
 
4th
PITT 28
GT 56
 
4th
SMISS 20
LATU 31
 
4th
MSU 28
MICH 3
 
4th
KENT 24
MSST 38
 
4th
STAN 38
ORST 14
 
3rd
TCU 68
TTU 27
 
4th
OKST 10
WVU 27
 
4th
WKENT 56
ODU 51
 
4th
UTST 27
UNLV 13
 
4th
MIZZ 17
VANDY 7
 
2nd
UCF 24
TEMPL 14
 
1st
WASU 0
ARZ 24
 
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CLEM
SYR
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TXST
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TXSANANTO
UTEP
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COLST
WYO
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MISS
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ALA
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SCAR
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PSU
OSU
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UTAH
USC
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WASH
ARST
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NEV
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SJS 1
BUF 2
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TOR
BOS
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NYI
DAL
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PHI
DET
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OTT
NJD
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MON
NYR
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CHI
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PIT
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MIN
TAM
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ARI
FLA
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CAL
WAS
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NCCU 42
SAVST 14