October 22, 2007

Monday morning quarterback

North Carolina State played its best game of the season last Saturday and defeated East Carolina 34-20 in Greenville. The Pack improved its record to 2-5 overall and ended a 12 game losing streak against Division I-A opponents. Now it is time for some Monday Morning Quarterbacking.

Key moment of the game:

NC State had been in close games before this season, but never seemed to make the big play to get the win. This time the Pack made one in the fourth quarter. With State leading 24-20, ECU quarterback Rob Kass attempted a pass over the middle that hit one of his linemen in the helmet. The ball popped straight up in the air and came down into the arms of NC State senior defensive tackle DeMario Pressley.

The Pack took over at the ECU 32-yard line with 11:43 left in the game. Redshirt sophomore Jamelle Eugene busted through for a four-yard gain on a 3rd and 1 play at the 23-yard line. Then on 3rd and 6 from the 15, junior quarterback Daniel Evans threw a beautiful pass to a streaking Eugene in the end zone, giving the Pack an insurmountable 31-20 edge.

Three Things That Worked:

1. Offensive game plan
Give credit to offensive coordinator Dana Bible for putting together a solid game plan for the game. Fearing ECU's quick and aggressive front seven, State went to a quick passing attack, featuring a lot of three-step drops, that allowed Evans to get into a rhythm throwing the football. When State did go deep, their receivers were open. The result was 27 points on offense, the best total against a D-1 team in a while.

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