There has been a lot written about the powerful Ga Tech flex-bone offense, but it was successfully shut down by NCSU on Saturday. The Pack was able to stop for the Ga Tech offense, which is impressive since they have not played against this type of scheme. State QB Russell Wilson submitted a near perfect performance, helping to take some of pressure of the defense. State was even able to stave off a Ga Tech comeback attempt in the 4th quarter to seal this win. Their performance in the 4th quarter this year had been of concern. They did not panic and fold like a cheap suitcase this time! The offense rebounded and put up 14 points in the 4th quarter in Atlanta.
The State defense was totally prepared for the Ga Tech offense. They entered this game allowing only 15.7 points this season as compared to 31.2 last year. The Pack has depended on a blitz attack in the three previous games. They were unable to use this against the Ga Tech, but it didn’t matter. Tech’s offense proved impotent when they really needed to score points. State just went back to basics on defense and smacked down the Yellow Jackets. Since they are set up to run and not pass, they were unable to get back in the game. In the 1st half Tech only had 57 yards in 22 plays and by the end of 3rd quarter Tech only had seven 1stdowns. QB Josh Nesbitt didn’t have a pass completion until late in the 3rdquarter. One last important note on defense, Nate Irving is officially back! He had a career high 16 tackles on Saturday. Welcome back, you are a true survivor and I am proud to call you a Wolfpacker!
State’s offense offered up their best performance of this season. They presented a balanced attack instead of relying totally on Wilson arm’s to land the long bombs. They had an impressive run game, which the Tech defense seemed unprepared to stop. Well knock me over with a feather, who knew we had a running game? State’s RB Dean Haynes a good game after having terrible game last week against Cincinnati. He was 18-75 for the day in Atlanta. RB Mustafa Greene was a standout at 13-68 and he is just a freshman. So the future for a solid running game for the Pack looks bright. One note of concern: the State Kicker, Josh Czajkowski. Dear John: you never should miss one 31 yard field goal. But you missed two in Atlanta, come on man!! We will need a consistent kicking game from here out. You must sharpen your skills.
Overall, this was a great showing for the Pack and the team shows wonderful potential. This was an impressive road win against the Conference Champions, Ga Tech. Next up for the Pack, Va Tech will visit Raleigh at 3:30pm this Saturday. This will be a televised game and of course another important test for the Pack. Considering how starved we are for a winning football program, there should be no worries that crowd in Raleigh will be PUMPED and ready to disrupt Va Tech’s game. GO WOLFPACK!! Bring on the Hokies.
About the Author
Written by Ellen McLawhorn
Life long NCSU fan, from Raleigh NC now living in the Triad area.