Thursday Football Notebook
Sept. 26, 2013
Game 4: NC State Wolfpack vs. Central Michigan Chippewas
NC STATE VS. CENTRAL MICHIGAN
COACH TO CURE MD
The AFCA will hold its sixth annual Coach to Cure MD effort this weekend and more than 110 FBS schools will be wearing a Coach to Cure MD patch to raise awareness and funding for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy research.
This is the sixth year of the Coach to Cure MD program, which has now surpassed the million dollar mark for donations. The goal is to raise money and awareness of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, which is the most common fatal genetic disorder among boys worldwide.
Fans are encouraged to donate online at www.CoachtoCureMD.org or donate $5 by texting CURE to 90999.”
In week four of the NFL season, almost 10 percent of the league’s starting quarterbacks will be NC State alums. No other school in the nation can boast three starting signal callers in the NFL and only one other school has two (Florida State).
Philip Rivers, who still holds the ACC career record with 13,582 yards of total offense, is in his 10th season with the San Diego Chargers - his eighth as the starter. Russell Wilson, who ranks eighth on the league’s career total offense charts, was a rookie sensation for the Seattle Seahawks last season and is in his second campaign as the starter.
On Wednesday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers named rookie Mike Glennon their starter for this week’s game against Arizona. Glennon, a third round selection in the 2013 draft, ranks 30th in ACC history in total offense. He was a two-year starter for the Wolfpack.
DEFENSE LIMITS BIG PLAYS
One of the goals for the Wolfpack defense in 2013 is to limit the oppositions big plays. Three games into the season, NC State has come close to accomplishing that goal - no easy task considering that two of the offenses it has faced, La. Tech and Clemson, are known for making big plays.
This season, the Pack has just given up one play longer than 30 yards - a 40-yard pass against Louisiana Tech.
The Pack has also been proficient at sending the opponent in the opposite direction, as it has made 29 stops behind the line of scrimmage - including a season-high 11 TFL vs. Clemson.
TACKLE BY CALDWELL
Senior linebacker Robert Caldwell is definitely making his presence known for the Wolfpack. The Pack’s starting middle linebacker is currently leading the ACC in tackles with 10 per game. He has tallied 13 and 12 in the last two outings respectively.
Against Clemson, he made three stops behind the line of scrimmage.
Caldwell did not see action from scrimmage in 2012 after transferring from College of the Desert JUCO, but he did see action in every game on special teams.
In the preseason, there was a lot of talk was about how the Pack’s new up-tempo offense hoped to wear down the opposing defense late in the game. Three games into the 2013 campaign, however, it seems that it is the Pack defense that is having that effect on the opposition.
In the 45 combined minutes of fourth quarter action through three games, the Pack defense has given up an average of just 25.3 rushing yards, 43.0 passing yards, and 58.3 yards of total offense. The Pack has forced five punts and two turnovers in nine fourth quarter opponent possessions.
In the season opener against Louisiana Tech, a team that led the NCAA in total offense last season, the Pack gave up just one first down, 2 yards rushing, and no yards passing. The Bulldogs had the ball for just 2:40 of the final 15 minutes, and were forced to punt twice and also had a fumble.