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September 27, 2012

Wolfpack schedule review




As NC State makes their way through the 2012 season, The Wolfpacker will take a look back each week to see how NC State's opponents have fared with their respective schedules. Here's a recap through Sept. 27 for the Pack's 2012 opponents.


Tennessee (3-1, 0-1 in SEC)


Aug. 31 at Georgia Dome in Atlanta (Tennessee 35, NC State 21)

The good: Tennessee exploded in the second half to a 47-26 home win over Akron, breaking open a 23-23 halftime tie. The Vols piled up 633 total yards, and Tyler Bray threw for 401 yards and four scores.

The bad: The fact that Tennessee was even tied at halftime with a bad Akron team is not good. Part of that was because of two big plays, a pick six and long 70-yard touchdown run. Will have to do better against a slate of four straight ranked SEC teams, three of them on the road.

Statistical leaders:
Passing - Tyler Bray: 94 of 148 for 1,301 yards, 12 touchdowns, three interceptions
Rushing - Rajion Neal: 80 carries for 356 yards, three touchdowns
Receiving - Justin Hunter: 30 catches for 410 yards, four touchdowns

2012 schedule
Aug. 31 vs. NC State (W, 35-21)
Sept. 8 vs. Georgia State (W, 51-13)
Sept. 15 vs. No. 24 Florida (L, 20-37)
Sept. 22 vs. Akron (W, 47-26)
Sept. 29 at No. 5 Georgia
Oct. 13 at No. 21 Mississippi State
Oct. 20 vs. No. 1 Alabama
Oct. 27 at No. 6 South Carolina
Nov. 3 vs. Troy
Nov. 10 vs. Missouri
Nov. 17 at Vanderbilt
Nov. 24 vs. Kentucky



Connecticut (2-2, 0-0 in Big East)


Sept. 8 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn. (NC State 10, Connecticut 7)

The good: Connecticut's offense had one of its best games, accumulating 425 total yards, 333 coming from quarterback Chandler Whitmer in his best game throwing this year.

The bad: Connecticut lost 30-24 in a game that on paper it should have won. The defense allowed 330 total yards, but it was a defensive TD by Western Michigan that proved to be the difference.

Statistical leaders:
Passing - Chandler Whitmer: 68 of 112 for 824 yards, three touchdowns, six interceptions
Rushing - Lyle McCombs: 93 carries for 355 yards, three touchdowns
Receiving - Geremy Davis: 17 catches for 236 yards, one touchdown

2012 schedule
Aug. 30 vs. Massachusetts (W, 37-0)
Sept. 8 vs. NC State (L, 10-7)
Sept. 15 at Maryland (W, 24-21)
Sept. 22 at Western Michigan (L, 30-24)
Sept. 29 vs. Buffalo
Oct. 6 at No. 23 Rutgers
Oct. 13 vs. Temple
Oct. 19 at Syracuse
Nov. 3 at South Florida
Nov. 9 vs. Pittsburgh
Nov. 24 at No. 19 Louisville
Dec. 1 vs. Cincinnati


South Alabama (1-3, 0-0 in Sun Belt Conference)


Sept. 15 at Carter-Finley Stadium (NC State 31, South Alabama 7)

The good: For the second straight week South Alabama played well in the second half, playing even with No. 23 Mississippi State 10-10 in the final 30 minutes.

The bad: Like they were against NCSU, the Jaguars were outclassed in a 30-10 loss.

Statistical leaders:
Passing - C.J. Bennett: 50 of 85 for 521 yards, three touchdowns, three interceptions
Rushing - Demetre Baker: 51 carries for 232 yards, one touchdown
Receiving - Bryant Lavender: 13 catches for 122 yards

2012 schedule
Sept. 1 vs. Texas-San Antonio (L, 31-33)
Sept. 8 vs. Nicholls State (W, 9-3)
Sept. 15 at NC State (L, 31-7)
Sept. 22 at No. 23 Mississippi State (L, 30-10)
Sept. 29 vs. Troy
Oct. 13 at Arkansas State
Oct. 20 vs. Florida Atlantic
Oct. 27 at Louisiana-Monroe
Nov. 3 vs. Florida International
Nov. 10 at North Texas
Nov. 17 vs. Middle Tennessee
Nov. 24 at Louisiana-Lafayette
Dec. 1 at Hawaii


No. 15 The Citadel (3-1, 2-0 in Southern Conference)


Sept. 22 at Carter-Finley Stadium (NC State 52, The Citadel 14)

The good: For a brief time in the first quarter the game was tied 7-7.

The bad: They simply were no match for NC State, as the Pack rolled to a 52-14 easy win.

Statistical leaders:
Passing - Aaron Miller: 12 of 19 for 230 yards, one interception
Rushing - Ben Dupree: 62 carries for 350 yards, four touchdowns
Receiving - Domonic Jones: Matt Thompson: Four catches for 128 yards

2012 schedule
Sept. 1 vs. Charleston Southern (W, 49-14)
Sept. 8 vs. No. 3 Georgia Southern (W, 23-21)
Sept. 15 at No. 8 Appalachian State (W, 52-28)
Sept. 22 at NC State (L, 52-14)
Sept. 29 vs. Chattanooga
Oct. 6 at No. 25 Samford
Oct. 13 vs. Western Carolina
Oct. 27 at No. 5 Wofford
Nov. 3 vs. Elon
Nov. 10 at VMI
Nov. 17 at Furman


Miami (3-1, 2-0 in ACC)


Sept. 29 at Pro Player Stadium, Noon

The good: In a wild game, Miami rallied from a 36-19 third quarter deficit to defeat Georgia Tech 42-36 in overtime on the road. The Canes put up a whopping 609 total yards, including 436 passing from quarterback Stephen Morris.

The bad: Miami's defense gave up 419 total yards, including 287 on the ground, and allowed an option team to rally from 19-0 down at the end of the first quarter to that 36-19 lead in a span of a little over 15 minutes spread out between the second and third quarters.

Statistical leaders:
Passing - Stephen Morris: 98 of 158 for 1,069 yards, four touchdowns, three interceptions
Rushing - Duke Johnson: 40 carries for 320 yards, four touchdowns
Receiving - Phillip Dorsett: 21 catches for 273 yards, one touchdown

2012 schedule
Sept. 1 at Boston College (W, 41-32)
Sept. 8 at No. 21 Kansas State (L, 52-13)
Sept. 15 vs. Bethune-Cookman (W, 38-10)
Sept. 22 at Georgia Tech (W, 42-36 in OT)
Sept. 29 vs. NC State
Oct. 6 at No. 10 Notre Dame
Oct. 13 vs. North Carolina
Oct. 20 vs. No. 4 Florida State
Nov. 1 vs. Virginia Tech
Nov. 10 at Virginia
Nov. 17 vs. South Florida
Nov. 24 at Duke


No. 4 Florida State (4-0, 2-0 in ACC)


Oct. 6 at Carter-Finley Stadium, 8 p.m.

The good: FSU took over the game against No. 10 Clemson in the second half and rallied from a 28-14 deficit to a 49-37 victory. Quarterback EJ Manuel was sensational, throwing for 380 yards and two scores and rushing for another 102 yards. The Noles had a stunning 667 total yards.

The bad: The typically dominant defense allowed 426 total yards and had trouble containing Clemson's Tajh Boyd, who threw for 237 yards and ran for another 44.

Statistical leaders:
Passing - EJ Manuel: 69 of 94 for 905 yards, eight touchdowns, one interception
Rushing - Chris Thompson: 33 carries for 357 yards, five touchdowns
Receiving - Kelvin Benjamin: 12 catches for 211 yards, two touchdowns

2012 schedule
Sept. 1 vs. Murray State (W, 69-3)
Sept. 8 vs. Savannah State (W, 55-0)
Sept. 15 vs. Wake Forest (W, 52-0)
Sept. 22 vs. No. 10 Clemson (W, 49-37)
Sept. 29 at South Florida
Oct. 6 at NC State
Oct. 13 vs. Boston College
Oct. 20 at Miami
Oct. 27 vs. Duke
Nov. 8 at Virginia Tech
Nov. 17 at Maryland
Nov. 24 vs. No. 11 Florida


Maryland (2-2, 0-0 in ACC)


Oct. 20 at Byrd Stadium in College Park, Md., TBA

The good: The Terps put up a game fight for most of the first half in an eventual 31-21 loss at No. 8 West Virginia. Maryland's at-times sluggish offense put up a respectable 351 total yards, including 305 passing yards from freshman QB Perry Hills who easily had his best game in a Maryland uniform.

The bad: The defense could not cover Tavon Austin who caught 13 passes for 179 yards and three touchdowns. That helped West Virginia gain 363 total yards. Maryland also gained a meager 46 rushing yards.

Statstical leaders:
Passing - Perry Hills: 57 of 98 for 749 yards, six touchdowns, five interceptions
Rushing - Wes Brown: 23 carries for 127 yards, one touchdown
Receiving - Marcus Leak: 14 catches for 231 yards, two touchdowns

2012 schedule
Sept. 1 vs. William & Mary (W, 7-6)
Sept. 8 at Temple (W, 36-27)
Sept. 15 vs. Connecticut (L, 24-21)
Sept. 22 at No. 8 West Virginia (L, 31-21)
Oct. 6 vs. Wake Forest
Oct. 13 at Virginia
Oct. 20 vs. NC State
Oct. 27 at Boston College
Nov. 3 vs. Georgia Tech
Nov. 10 at No. 17 Clemson
Nov. 17 vs. No. 4 Florida State
Nov. 24 at North Carolina


North Carolina (2-2, 0-1 in ACC)


Oct. 27 at Kenan Stadium in Chapel Hill, N.C., TBA

The good: UNC rolled to a 27-6 home win over in-state rival East Carolina. The numbers may have been more impressive than the score. UNC outgained ECU 450-233.

The bad: If ECU had a better ground game, the could have done damage to UNC. The Heels allowed ECU runners to average 6.2 yards a carry on 24 rushes when you take out the sacks.

Statistical leaders:
Passing - Bryn Renner: 90 of 144 for 1,191 yards, 11 touchdowns, three interceptions
Rushing - A.J. Blue: 37 carries for 203 yards, three touchdowns
Receiving - Erik Highsmith: 22 catches for 243 yards, one touchdown

2012 schedule
Sept. 1 vs. Elon (W, 62-0)
Sept. 8 at Wake Forest (L, 28-27)
Sept. 15 at No. 23 Louisville (L, 39-34)
Sept. 22 vs. East Carolina (W, 27-6)
Sept. 29 vs. Idaho
Oct. 6 vs. Virginia Tech
Oct. 13 at Miami
Oct. 20 at Duke
Oct. 27 vs. NC State
Nov. 10 vs. Georgia Tech
Nov. 15 at Virginia
Nov. 24 vs. Maryland


Virginia (2-2, 0-1 in ACC)


Nov. 3 at Carter-Finley Stadium, TBA

The good: This may have been the toughest game left on the schedule.

The bad: The Cavs struggled to muster much offense, turning it over four times, and did not until 4:22 left in the game in a 27-7 loss at No. 17 Texas Christian. UVa. also allowed 438 total yards.

Statistical leaders:
Passing - Michael Rocco: 74 of 123 for 838 yards, four touchdowns, six interceptions
Rushing - Kevin Parks: 48 carries for 212 yards, two touchdowns
Receiving - Darius Jennings: 15 catches for 183 yards, one touchdown

2012 schedule
Sept. 1 vs. Richmond (W, 43-19)
Sept. 8 vs. Penn State (W, 17-16)
Sept. 15 at Georgia Tech (L, 56-20)
Sept. 22 at No. 17 Texas Christian (L, 27-7)
Sept. 29 vs. Louisiana Tech
Oct. 6 at Duke
Oct. 13 vs. Maryland
Oct. 20 vs. Wake Forest
Nov. 3 at NC State
Nov. 10 vs. Miami
Nov. 15 vs. North Carolina
Nov. 24 at Virginia Tech


Wake Forest (3-1, 1-1 in ACC)


Nov. 10 at Carter-Finley Stadium, TBA

The good: A win is a win, and that's what Wake Forest got at home, 49-37 over Army. Receiver Michael Campanaro caught 12 of Tanner Price's 15 completions and both of his touchdown throws. Overall Wake had 517 total yards, including 296 rushing.

The bad: The defense was lit up for 506 total yards, including 429 rushing, by a team searching for its first win. Wake trailed 23-21 at halftime and led only 42-37 for most of the fourth quarter before putting the game away later.

Statistical leaders:
Passing - Tanner Price: 66 of 112 for 825 yards, three touchdowns, two interceptions
Rushing - Deandre Martin: 46 carries for 216 yards, four touchdowns
Receiving - Michael Campanaro: 36 catches for 421 yards, three touchdowns

2012 schedule
Sept. 1 vs. Liberty (W, 20-17)
Sept. 8 vs. North Carolina (W, 28-27)
Sept. 15 at No. 6 Florida State (L, 52-0)
Sept. 22 vs. Army (W, 49-37)
Sept. 29 vs. Duke
Oct. 6 at Maryland
Oct. 20 at Virginia
Oct. 25 vs. No. 17 Clemson
Nov. 3 vs. Boston College
Nov. 10 at NC State
Nov. 17 at No. 10 Notre Dame
Nov. 24 vs. Vanderbilt


No. 12 Clemson (3-1, 0-1 in ACC)


Nov. 17 at Tiger Stadium, TBA

The good: Clemson went on the road and played a highly competitive game at No. 4 FSU, at one point leading 28-14 in the third quarter. The offense moved the ball effectively against one of the most touted defenses in the country, gaining 426 total yards.

The bad: Clemson's defense has struggled some this year, and Saturday showcased that. FSU gained 667 total yards and dominated most of the second half en route to a 49-37 victory.

Statistical leaders:
Passing - Tajh Boyd: 83 of 122 for 985 yards, nine touchdowns, two interceptions
Rushing - Andre Ellington: 67 carries for 383 yards, five touchdowns
Receiving - Deandre Hopkins: 31 catches for 407 yards, five touchdowns

2012 schedule
Sept. 1 vs. Auburn (W, 26-19)
Sept. 8 vs. Ball State (W, 52-27)
Sept. 15 vs. Furman (W, 41-7)
Sept. 22 at No. 4 Florida State (L, 49-37)
Sept. 29 at Boston College
Oct. 6 vs. Georgia Tech
Oct. 20 vs. Virginia Tech
Oct. 25 at Wake Forest
Nov. 3 at Duke
Nov. 10 vs. Maryland
Nov. 17 vs. NC State
Nov. 24 vs. No. 6 South Carolina


Boston College (1-2, 0-1 in ACC)


Nov. 24 at Carter-Finley Stadium, TBA

BC had a bye week.

Statistical leaders:
Passing - Chase Rettig: 72 of 127 for 951 yards, six touchdowns, one interception
Rushing - Andre Williams: 36 carries for 117 yards, one touchdown
Receiving - Alex Amidon: 25 catches for 366 yards, one touchdown

2012 schedule
Sept. 1 vs. Miami (L, 41-32)
Sept. 8 vs. Maine (W, 34-3)
Sept. 15 at Northwestern (L, 22-13)
Sept. 29 vs. No. 17 Clemson
Oct. 6 at Army
Oct. 13 at No. 4 Florida State
Oct. 20 at Georgia Tech
Oct. 27 vs. Maryland
Nov. 3 at Wake Forest
Nov. 10 vs. No. 10 Notre Dame
Nov. 17 vs. Virginia Tech
Nov. 24 at NC State









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