Observations

September 11, 2011 

Tom O'Brien has made the comparisons between quarterback Matt Ryan, whom he coached at Boston College, and Mike Glennon. It looked like O'Brien and offensive coordinator Dana Bible used more of their old BC playbook in the second half with a traditional "I" formation and more plays targeted to the tight end.

O'Brien has eschewed comparisons between Glennon and predecessor Russell Wilson.

As Glennon showed Saturday, he fits Ryan's style of offense better than the one State used for Wilson, which included less of the tight end, fullback and more of the read option, spread formation out of the shotgun.

In the final ledger, Wake's coaches guessed right more than they didn't but the decision to blitz on fourth-and-10 on N.C. State's penultimate drive was a head-scratcher. T.J. Graham easily ran behind Wake's defense because at least two extra defenders went after Glennon.

Wake played it safer on State's last drive, and was helped by a dropped pass, but also had Graham well covered on the game-deciding play.

The gigantic 42-by-90 foot videoboard in the south end zone looks like it will be fantastic addition to BB&T Field, on par with any in the league, but it's not functional yet (the project is supposed to be completed by Oct. 8 for Florida State's visit), which left the 32,423 fans mostly in the dark for replays.

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