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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
NCCU 108
BASC 52
 
Final
CHA 106
PHO 111
Final
NCSU 83
TENN 72
Final
CLE 98
ATL 127
Final
CHA 106
PHO 111
Final
DET 106
DAL 117
Final
BOS 109
ORL 92
Final
MIA 87
UTA 105
Final
TOR 105
BRK 89
1st OT
SAN 101
MEM 100
 
Half
POR 43
MIL 41
 
1st
DEN 29
HOU 22
 
2nd
LAC 30
IND 27
 
Final
UNT 78
LANG 65
 
Final
Terriers 64
DELST 72
 
Final
MSST 55
ARKST 69
Final
NCCU 108
BASC 52
 
Final
GMAS 99
CATAWBA 69
 
Final
WOFF 64
CSOU 58
 
Final
HIGH 106
FERR 48
 
Final
JVU 68
GWEBB 65
 
Final
ILL 73
HAMP 55
 
Final
BST 52
JMU 72
 
Final
YOUNG 84
KNST 90
 
Final
UMO 71
LONG 60
 
Final
PITT 65
MAN 56
Final
OSU 97
NCAT 55
Final
FSU 93
UNF 77
 
Final
TOL 83
RMU 57
 
Final
CAMP 70
SIUE 65
 
Final
DUQ 52
RFLSH 67
 
Final
NCSU 83
TENN 72
Final
UCF 75
DET 70
Final
UNCW 73
LIB 70
 
Final
LOYC 83
ABCHRIST 44
 
Final
MURST 94
ALCOR 56
 
Final
HOU 56
ARKPB 61
 
Final
NW 67
CMICH 80
Final
WKENT 75
CHIST 60
 
Final
ODU 58
UGST 54
 
Final
SMU 67
ILLCH 46
Final
LALAF 115
MLGN 76
 
Final
TULSA 74
MIZST 70
 
Final
UWGB 66
MORE 50
 
Final
NEOM 92
NCOL 82
 
Final
TTU 101
SCST 39
 
Final
DEN 83
TAMCC 73
 
Final
STEPH 66
TXST 60
 
Final
STLU 75
TXPA 69
 
Final
MEM 83
USCU 73
 
Final
ILLST 64
TENNM 54
 
Final
MSU 66
EMICH 46
 
Final
GRCN 80
INCWORD 82
 
Final
STAN 67
LMU 58
 
Final
BAY 66
NMST 55
 
2nd
CIN 54
SDST 52
 
2nd
AUB 78
WINT 61
 
Half
NMU 35
CARK 30
 
2nd
PEPP 28
HOW 25
 
2nd
CPSL 32
NE 38
 
1st
UNLV 26
PORT 22
 
1st
OREG 0
CSNO 0
 
1st
WASH 0
GRAM 0
 
Final
NJD 0
OTT 2
Final
MIN 2
BOS 3
2nd
VAN 0
DAL 0