Less than an hour before kickoff on Saturday afternoon, we learned that James Madison would be without All-American cornerback Rashad Robinson, who suffered a season-ending injury during camp. With Robinson, the Dukes had a pair of corners who could reasonably match up with Kelvin Harmon and Jakobi Meyers one-on-one, but without Robinson, the Dukes had to choose to either cover Kelvin Harmon or Jakobi Meyers.
For the most part, they chose Harmon, who mostly served as decoy this afternoon, and that allowed Meyers to have a big game. Meyers was there for seemingly every big catch, every time State’s offense needed one. He salvaged the touchdown drive that put away JMU; he salvaged several drives.
NC State didn’t punt until the third quarter, which is a pretty thought without context; that relative success came attached to only 17 points. This football team squandering drives with a lack of explosive plays and/or an ability to finish in the red zone is nothing new. We saw more of it today.