Oct. 1, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. - NC State head football coach Dave Doeren knows all about the Wolfpack's history when playing at Wake Forest. He knows that for whatever reason, it has been a tough destination for the Wolfpack football team in recent years.
But Doeren has a little history of his own that he will rely on this week as he prepares his 3-1 squad to make the short trip west: an 8-2 record in road games. He has made sure that his team knows the history and is well-prepared to rewrite it.
"I do believe in studying what has been going on," said Doeren on Monday. "This streak is hard to absorb. There have been some very good football teams from State that have gone there - some really good quarterbacks that have come home not feeling good. I also know that during that span Wake was at their peak as a program and that is part of it.
"I take pride in being a good road coach. You can't be a great program and lose the road games and win the home games. You've got to be able to take your show on the road."
Doeren, who lost only two true road contests while he was at Northern Illinois, says that the key to winning on the road is to "bring the juice."
"You have to bring the juice, the energy," he said. "Your fans aren't there to give it to you, so you have to basically play where all of that energy is bottled up inside you. If it's quiet, you know its quiet because you made it quiet. I think that's the noise we want to hear: no noise."
The team will travel to BB&T Field on Friday evening to get the lay of the land and familiarize the players with the locker room and other facilities. "That way, when they walk in there on game day, they know where everything is. They can just .. focus and go play."
The Wake Forest game will begin a stretch of six straight ACC contests for State, four of which will be played on the road. "I am looking forward to getting into conference play now and going on the road for the first time. I think we have learned a lot about our team and you learn a lot on the road. I am excited to take a road trip with them and we will see how we will handle it."
The game, which is scheduled for a 3:30 p.m. kick, will be shown on Regional Sports Networks. Click here for availability in your area.