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September 24, 2013

The numbers that mattered: Clemson at NC State




2 Times that head coach Dave Doeren faced a Central Michigan team in his two years as the head man at Northern Illinois. His team fell on the road in 2011, 48-41, but bounced back with a 55-24 victory in 2012.

3 Different positions where redshirt sophomore lineman Joe Thuney has started in three games — and none of them are the position he played in his first two seasons in Raleigh (center). Thuney started the opener at right tackle and played right guard — his regular position — in game two before flipping to left tackle against Clemson for an injured Rob Crisp. As a result, the front has obviously started three different combinations in as many games.

3 True freshman receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling is ranked third among the nation's rookies with an average of 67.0 yards through the air per game.

4.4 NCSU is averaging 4.4 yards per carry this year, an improvement of more than a full yard from last year's clip of 3.1.

5 NCSU is tied for fifth nationally with an average of nine tackles for loss per contest.

6 NC State is tied for third in the nation with six fumble recoveries this season.

7 NC State kicker Niklas Sade is tied for seventh nationally with an average of 2.3 field goals made per game. He also ranks tied for 38th with an average of 9.7 points per game.

8 Rookie running back Matt Dayes is tied for eighth among all freshmen with an average of eight points per game.

9 NC State opponents have logged nine possessions in fourth quarter action this year, but those drives have resulted in five punts and a pair of turnovers. Opponents average just 58.3 yards of total offense in the final frame against NCSU.

10.0 Senior linebacker Robert Caldwell leads the ACC with an average of 10.0 tackles per game. He paced the Pack with 12, including a game-best three stops for loss, in the Clemson contest and is currently tied for 24th nationally in tackles.

10.71 Fifth-year senior Rashard Smith leads the team with 364 all-purpose yards, an average of 121.3 per game. He averages 10.71 yards per touch.

11 True freshmen have seen the field for NC State, which is tied for the 10th-most nationally.

11 The Wolfpack's top four defensive tackles — Thomas Teal, T.Y. McGill, Carlos Gray and Monty Nelson — have combined for 11 tackles for loss in three games. The team has 27 on the year.

15 Of junior Niklas Sade's 17 kickoffs have gone for touchbacks.

17.5 The Wolfpack's defensive line has combined for 17.5 tackles for loss. They have also notched 54 tackles, six sacks, nine quarterback pressures, five fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles in three games.

26 The Pack defense is ranked 26th nationally after they have allowed an average of 110.0 rushing yards per game.

34:11 The offense ranks 12th nationally with an average time of possession of 34:11.

62.3 NCSU is averaging 62.3 yards per game in penalties, which is ranked No. 97 in the land.

83.3 State has converted on five of its six fourth-down conversions this year; the 83.3 percent success rate is tied for seventh nationally.

104.0 The Pack is outgaining their opponents by an average of 104.0 yards per contest.

220.7 Redshirt junior quarterback Pete Thomas averages 220.7 passing yards per game, which is tied for 49th nationally with Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch.

556 Five true freshmen — Matt Dayes, Bryant Shirreffs, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Jumichael Ramos and Bra'Lon Cherry — have combined for 556 yards and five touchdowns from scrimmage this year. As a group, they average 4.4 yards per rush and 12.8 yards per catch.

Inside the numbers: Participation and starts by signing class


Note: Transfers are included with the year they joined NC State. For example, Pete Thomas is counted as a member of the 2012 class and Brandon Mitchell is included with the 2013 class.

Starters vs. Clemson by class:
2009 - 4 (2 offense, 2 defense) - 18.2%
2010 - 7 (3 offense, 4 defense) - 31.8%
2011 - 5 (2 offense, 3 defense) - 22.7%
2012 - 4 (2 offense, 2 defense) - 18.2%
2013 - 2 (2 offense) - 9.1%
***All 3 specialists are from the 2011 class, but not counted above***

Starters this year
2009 - 14 (7 offense, 7 defense) - 21.2%
2010 - 22 (10 offense, 12 defense) - 33.3%
2011 - 14 (4 offense, 10 defense) - 21.2%
2012 - 8 (4 offense, 4 defense) - 12.1%
2013 - 8 (offense) - 12.1%
***All 3 specialists are from the 2011 class, but not counted above***

Offensive player participation vs. Clemson by class:
2009 - 5
2010 - 4
2011 - 2
2012 - 4
2013 - 7

Defensive player participation vs. Clemson by class:
2009 - 3
2010 - 4
2011 - 8
2012 - 6
2013 - 2

Offensive and defensive player participation vs. Clemson by class:
2009 - 8
2010 - 8
2011 - 10
2012 - 10
2013 - 9

Special teams only participation vs. Clemson by class (total that played in game - offense, defense and specials combined):
2009 - 1 (9)
2010 - 2 (10)
2011 - 5 (15)
2012 - 1 (11)
2013 - 3 (12)

Percentage of offensive plays by class vs. Clemson (season total):
2009 - 26.6% (25.3%)
2010 - 18.4% (26.5%)
2011 - 18.6% (12.9%)
2012 - 14.3% (11.3%)
2013 - 22.1% (24.1%)

Percentage of defensive plays by class vs. Clemson (season total):
2009 - 13.9% (16.5%)
2010 - 26.2% (26.7%)
2011 - 38.9% (40.0%)
2012 - 16.3% (12.7%)
2013 - 4.7% (4.2%)

Percentage of overall plays by class vs. Clemson (season total) - offense and defense only:
2009 - 20.2% (21.1%)
2010 - 22.3% (26.6%)
2011 - 28.8% (25.7%)
2012 - 15.3% (11.9%)
2013 - 13.4% (14.7%)



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