Rough Opener for NC State
From the opening kickoff, the Wolfpack were playing catch up. South Carolina only needed 13 seconds to score, and just like that, NC State was down 7-0. South Carolina wide receiver Deebo Samuel was a threat from the start, scoring his first touchdown on his first touch, and adding two more TD catches of 39 and 6 yards. Big things were expected of Samuel and he delivered against a depleted Wolfpack secondary.
It wasn’t all bad and there are positives to take from the loss:
- Jaylen Samuels lived up to the hype
Samuels had 15 catches for 85 yards and 1 touchdown.
- Wolfpack have plenty of weapons at receiver
Kevin Harmon caught 10 balls for 114 yards and Jakobi Myers had 5 catches, 62 yards, and a touchdown.
- Ryan Finley was solid at QB
45/64 for 415 yards and 2 touchdowns should deliver a win, but it wasn’t enough.
- The Wolfpack defense held South Carolina to 31 rushing yards. That’s right, 31 rushing yards. How do you throw for 415 and hold your opponent to 31 rushing yards and not win the game?!
Here’s why NC State lost the game:
- You can’t give up a kickoff return for a touchdown on the first play of your first game. There is no excuse.
- The Wolfpack out gained the Gamecocks 504-246 in total yardage and had 17 more 1st..and still lost.
- 2 fumbles, both turned into touchdowns by South Carolina. A chip shot 29-yard field goal missed. A dropped interception. 8 penalties for 65 yards.
There is still hope in Raleigh
Ok, so where do the Wolfpack go from here? It’s regroup time, and fortunately, it gets a little easier. Marshall comes to Raleigh and the Pack open up as a hefty favorite. Do the simple things, execute, and make plays, and the Wolfpack will win games.
Wolfpack head coach Dave Doeren said, “I just asked everybody in the room is that our best and they said no. That’s what we have to figure out: how to make that one, two or three or four more plays we were in position to make.”
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