Details of the epic beatdown after the jump…
NC STATE outrushed the holes 187 yds to a laughable 56 yds
NC STATE outgained the holes 466 yds to 203 yds
NC STATE forced 6 turnovers
NC STATE was 8 for 17 on third down, while holding the holes to 3 for 11
Obviously the most telling stat was UNC’s inability to hold onto the football. Amazingly, the score shouldve been much worse had the Pack been able to muster more than a field goal on two early UNC fumbles. UNC had feasted early in the season creating huge amounts of turnovers against vastly inferior opponents. In their defense, they were probably a little fatigued from having their asses kissed so much by the media as a result of said inferior opponents.
Another huge factor in the game was the play of NC STATE’s front seven. NCSU was able to control UNC’s running game without having to bring the safeties up, leaving them back to protect against Hakeem Nicks, who was a non-factor. UNC was unable to do the same, leaving NC STATE with wide receivers running open throughout the UNC secondary all afternoon.
This woodshed ass-whipping will go down in history as one of the series’ most epic beatings. UNC was favored by 13 at one point in Vegas and they got absolutely manhandled. Butch Davis’s team played soft and uninspired.
BMFD has now had his ass handed to him 2 years in a row by coach O’Brien, who is quickly molding NC STATE into the type of teams he likes…tough, physical and headstrong. NC STATE is now playing football the way it is meant to be played and I, for one, think the future is very bright.
Great win to savor Wolfpackers.
It was a good day.