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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
DUKE 47
TULA 13
Final
ECU 70
UNC 41
Final
TOWSN 31
NCCU 20
 
Final
NCSU 42
PRES 0
 
1:30pm Today
CAR
CLB
 
8:30pm Tonight
CAR
PIT
Final
KAN 2
DET 3
Final
CHC 8
LOS 7
Final
OAK 0
PHI 3
Final
NYY 3
TOR 6
Final
COL 5
ARI 1
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BAL 7
BOS 2
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PIT 0
MIL 1
Final
TAM 3
CWS 1
Final
MIN 3
CLE 7
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ATL 2
NYM 4
Final
HOU 10
SEA 1
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MIA 2
WAS 3
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STL 8
CIN 4
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SDP 3
SFG 2
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ANA 8
TEX 5
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NYY
TOR
 
1:10pm Today
MIA
WAS
 
1:35pm Today
BAL
BOS
 
1:35pm Today
PIT
MIL
 
1:35pm Today
ATL
NYM
 
1:40pm Today
TAM
CWS
 
2:10pm Today
MIN
CLE
 
2:10pm Today
KAN
DET
 
2:10pm Today
HOU
SEA
 
2:20pm Today
CHC
LOS
 
3:35pm Today
ANA
TEX
 
4:05pm Today
OAK
PHI
 
4:10pm Today
COL
ARI
 
4:10pm Today
SDP
SFG
 
8:05pm Tonight
STL
CIN
 
Final
WISC 68
BGU 17
Final
MSU 73
EMICH 14
Final
VT 24
GT 27
Final
PITT 20
IOWA 24
Final
RICE 42
ODU 45
Final
UGA 66
TROY 0
Final
SYR 20
MD 34
Final
DUKE 47
TULA 13
Final
COL 21
HAW 12
Final
AKR 17
MARS 48
Final
WAKE 24
ARMY 21
Final
KU 24
CMICH 10
Final
ALA 42
UF 21
Final
FIU 3
LOU 34
Final
ECU 70
UNC 41
Final
NAVY 24
RUTG 31
Final
SMU 6
TEXAM 58
Final
MICH 10
UTAH 26
Final
BYU 41
UVA 33
Final
WYO 20
FATL 19
Final
MIZZ 27
IND 31
Final
PSU 48
UMASS 7
Final
MINN 24
SJST 7
Final
ILL 42
TXST 35
Final
WASH 45
GASTATE 14
Final
SMISS 21
APPST 20
Final
TOL 34
BST 23
Final
OHIO 36
IDAHO 24
Final
CIN 31
UMO 24
Final
MEM 36
MTST 17
Final
LSU 29
MSST 34
Final
ARK 52
NILL 14
Final
ARKST 21
UTST 14
Final
SALABAMA 6
GASO 28
Final
WVU 33
OKLA 45
Final
VANDY 34
SCAR 48
Final
NEB 41
MIAMI 31
Final
NMST 35
NMU 38
Final
HOU 47
UNLV 14
Final
FSU 23
CLEM 17
Final
ARZ 49
CAL 45
Final
ORST 28
SDST 7
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WASU 31
OREG 38
Final
BSU 34
LALAF 9
1:30pm Today
CAR
CLB
 
5:00pm Tonight
WAS
BUF
 
6:30pm Tonight
CLB
STL
 
8:00pm Tonight
EDM
CAL
 
8:00pm Tonight
CAL
EDM
 
1:00pm Today
CLE
BAL
1:00pm Today
STL
DAL
1:00pm Today
DET
GBP
1:00pm Today
NYG
HOU
1:00pm Today
JAC
IND
1:00pm Today
NOS
MIN
1:00pm Today
NEP
OAK
1:00pm Today
BUF
SDC
1:00pm Today
CIN
TEN
1:00pm Today
PHI
WAS
4:05pm Today
ARI
SFX
4:25pm Today
SEA
DEN
4:25pm Today
MIA
KAN
8:30pm Tonight
CAR
PIT
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TOWSN 31
NCCU 20
 
Final
NCSU 42
PRES 0