NC State Vs. Maryland By The Numbers: No Running Game, No Problem Edition

Mitch Stringer-US PRESSWIRE

The Pack was beaten on paper again, but I suspect the team will be okay with that.

Box Score

Plays
Total Yds
Yds/Play
Yds/Carry*
Yds/PassAtt
NCSU
73 347
4.8 2.3
6.5
UMD
81 462
5.7
5.0
9.5

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

NC State did pretty well against the version of Maryland's offense led by Perry Hills--aside from a 10-play drive that resulted in a field goal, the Hills-led Terps were kept off the scoreboard. They punted five times and then there was the interception that, unfortunately, ended Hills' season. Maryland averaged about 4.1 yards per snap with Hills under center.

Devin Burns changed the entire dynamic with his speed, and NC State lost its hold on the Terps' gameplan. Following Hills' injury, Maryland averaged 6.1 yards per play. Burns' first three drives of the second half resulted in points, and the first four each lasted at least eight plays.

Offensively, it was a fairly barf-worthy performance by the Wolfpack, though that's not too surprising given the quality of Maryland's defense. Raise your hand if you're surprised State's ground game was useless. So as per usual, the game was in Mike Glennon's hands, and after an impressively terrible start, he was finally able to make some plays. His per-attempt numbers don't look good (they rarely do), but the important thing in this game especially was that he did not turn the ball over.

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