Last weekend the NC State football team travelled to Syracuse to take on the Orange persons. Unfortunately, the Pack came away with a loss in a game that featured a couple of career best performances that were undone by a career worst performance or two from the same Wolfpack squad. Let’s take a look at the numbers.
Ryan Finley put up some big numbers for the day. He had a chance to put together a game winning drive at the end of the 4th quarter but still wasn’t able to add that to his Wolfpack resume.
Reggie Gallaspy continued his streak of scoring a TD in every game so far this season. Ricky Person missed the game due to injury so Bodine and Pennix got a handful of carries in his place.
Kelvin Harmon had a monster day and was only 8 yards shy of Torry Holt’s Wolfpack record for most receiving yards in a single game. After being quiet for a couple of weeks, Emezie was back to being a productive member of the Pack offense. Unfortunately, Steph’s Louis’ season of frustration was capped by an injury that will require season-ending ankle surgery.
Cary Angeline had an effective day. He caught two big passes and was inches away from scoring his second TD of the season. He played well enough to make Pro Football Focus’ ACC Offensive Team of the Week at TE.
Justin Witt missed the game due to an injury he sustained in the Clemson game. Stepping into his place was Tyrone Riley - a former defensive lineman who was converted to offense line this year. He struggled a bit in his first career start. Before moving on, I just wanted to point out that we have an Emanuel McGirt sighting for the first time this season!
The starters on the defensive line played okay - although getting more pressure on the QB would’ve been nice. The backups recorded no tackles and Deonte Holden was the only one who showed up on the stat sheet with a QB hurry and a forced fumble.
Germaine Pratt. That’s is all.
Tanner Ingle got burned on deep passes on the first two drives. I would imagine this had a lot to do with why Griffin got a lot more playing time. Griffin got beat a few times, too, but he was at least staying closer to his mark.
The safeties played a role in why Syracuse was able to carve up the Pack secondary. I rewatched the deep passes by Syracuse in the first quarter. While Ingle got beat on the first two drives, Dexter Wright got beat on Cuse’s third drive. Near the end of the first quarter, Cuse ran a RB pass. Jarius Morehead bit on the run which left the receiver WIDE open behind him. Morehead did have a couple of nice pass breakups, though.
The CBs also contributed to Cuse’s big day offensively. Nick McCloud and Kishawn Miller were out with injuries so true freshman Teshaun Smith got his first career start. Smith could’ve had a better day - he got flagged for several pass interference penalties.
I just wanted to point out that Chris Dunn has already matched last season’s made FG total of 10 and it took him 7 less attempts.
With Ricky Person missing the game at Syracuse due to injury, Teshaun Smith was the only new player this past week to become ineligible for redshirting this season. I’m interested to see what the staff does with Trent Pennix now that he is at his 4 game max.