Clipboard: Dissecting N.C. State's victory over UCF

Ken TysiacSeptember 13, 2010 

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What went right: Linebacker Audie Cole led an N.C. State defense that constantly pressured the quarterback on a sluggish night for the Wolfpack offense. N.C. State intercepted three passes, one of which C.J. Wilson returned 43 yards for a touchdown, and held on to win when Brandan Bishop forced a fumble in the final minute.

What went wrong: Right offensive tackle Mikel Overgaard's first-quarter injury seemed to decimate the Wolfpack offensive line, and Russell Wilson was just 10-for-30 passing for 105 yards. Tackle R.J. Mattes' anticipated return from a 2009 knee injury can't come soon enough for N.C. State.

What's next: At 7:30 p.m. Thursday, N.C. State plays host to Cincinnati, which lost 28-14 at Fresno State and defeated Indiana State 40-7. After playing in the Orange and Sugar bowls the past two seasons, the Bearcats appear less formidable after losing coach Brian Kelly to Notre Dame. But QB Zach Collaros has completed 60.3 percent of his passes with no interceptions.

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