South Alabama Vs. NC State By The Numbers

Sep 15, 2012; Raleigh, NC, USA; South Alabama Jaguars head coach Joey Jones talks to his players after calling a timeout against the North Carolina State Wolfpack during the first half at Carter-Finley Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Dolejs-US PRESSWIRE

Box Score

Plays
Total Yds
Yds/Play
Yds/Carry*
Yds/PassAtt
NCSU
77
384
5.0 3.8
7.6
USA
59
314
5.3
5.5
7.3

(Yds/carry stats are calculated after removing sacks from the equation.)

Better! Mostly. South Alabama racked up 112 yards on 11 plays in the fourth quarter when NC State began to sub in some reserves and/or lose focus, but up to that point, the Jaguars managed just 4.2 yards per play, which is an acceptable figure for State's defense against a team of this caliber. I always yearn for the warm embrace of a truly dominant performance, but that's certainly not what we got on Saturday. (Speaking of dominant performances, Florida State averaged 8.4 yards per play and allowed 2.1 against Wake Forest. Be afraid.)

At this point I'm used to not beating many opponents up front and just pretending like this does not portend bad things for the rest of the season. I mean, it didn't last year, so clearly everything's cool. Nothing to worry about. Here's the representative gif of the week:

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I hope we see more improvement against The Citadel, but there's always that nagging concern that goes with these stupid teams that have be all stupid with the damn stupid triple option. I'm trying to relax over here, but no, they gotta be all trying to make things interesting.

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