Last night was a pretty total domination of N.C. State. UC controlled the line of scrimmage, on both sides of the ball, from start to finish. Admittedly NC State is in a world of hurt in terms of injuries, particularly on defense where they were at one point forced to grab a walk on off the bench and throw him in along the defensive front. Those are mitigating circumstances for State, but they don't change the reality of the outcome in the slightest. Here are the things that jumped out at me looking at the box score.
- -26 yards rushing. The majority of that is from the sacks, but Curtis Underwood and James Washington combined to carry the ball 10 times for 5 yards with a long run of 4.
- 6 sacks of Mike Glennon, the second highest single game total of the Butch Jones era
- 3 more takeaways for the defense bringing the total for the season to 17, already surpassing last years total
- The offensive line is a legit strength of this team now. It can't really be refuted at this point. 240 yards rushing on 5.2 a pop, NC State blitzed on 21 of Zach Collaros's 34 passing attempts, but only got a sack. And that was due to Isaiah Pead missing a block on Audie Cole.
- Collaros was nearly flawless on the night. He made two bad decisions and threw his first pick of the year. But he was masterful adjusting the offense.
- Isaiah Pead was very workman like. None of the big splashy 40 yard dashes to the endzone that have been his calling card. But methodical and tough running all night. I looked at the stats and was stunned to see that he ran for 167 yards and caught 3 balls for another 24 yards and a TD.
- Deven Drane had a great game with two break ups and fumble recovery.
Targeting Data and gameballs after the jump
Isaiah Pead; 30 touches, 191 yards of total offense, 2 TD's, 6.3 yards per touch
J.K. Schaffer; 9 tackles, .5 TFL, 1 INT