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Week 3 By The Numbers

Box Score

Plays
Total Yds
Yds/Play
Yds/Carry*
Yds/PassAtt
NCSU
59
392
6.6
3.7
13.5
USA
65
286
4.4
4.3
5.7

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

Mike Glennon and the NC State passing game were about as good as it gets from an efficiency and per-attempt perspective. In fact, State's 13.5 average per attempt is the highest since at least 2006 (the cfbstats.com archives end in 2007), and is a record that probably stretches back much further considering the quarterbacks involved from 04-06. Saturday was the first time State has broken 10.0 YPA since the thriller in Tallahassee back in December of 2009. What Glennon did was a rare thing even when taking competition into account.

On the season now, Glennon has completed 64.5% of his passes and has 8 TDs against 1 INT. He's played well against bad defenses, as a good quarterback should. And thank goodness for that, because otherwise we'd be in full panic mode what with how the defense is playing.

One other season trend that is more fun fact than anything else: NC State's offense is averaging 13 fewer plays per game than it did in 2010. Opponents' 3rd down conversion percentage is way up this year, for one thing. We've also seen several quick strike scores by the offense and non-offensive TDs in the early going. I'm praying the defense can do something about that 3rd down percentage.

Targets, week 3:

vs. USA Targets Receptions
Graham 5 5
Washington 4 3
B. Underwood
4 2
Palmer
3 3
Gentry
2 2
J. Smith
1 1
C. Underwood
1 1
Bryan
1 1
Payton
1 1