NC State vs. Syracuse: what worked, what needs work, what’s next

October 14, 2013 

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N.C. State linebacker D.J. Green (31) is called for a face mask penalty on Syracuse running back Prince-Tyson Gulley (23) during the first half of N.C. State's game against Syracuse Saturday, October 12, 2013, at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C.

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What worked: Freshman cornerback Jack Tocho made his first start and had two interceptions in the first half. The Wolfpack defense held Syracuse quarterback Terrel Hunt to just 74 yards on 10 of 20 attempts.

The Wolfpack also committed a season-low four penalties, after averaging 7.6 per game in the season’s first five games.

What needs work: Everything on offense. The Wolfpack couldn’t run the ball (129 yards on 45 carries) and couldn’t throw it effectively, either (24-for-50). The weather conditions were far from perfect, and the injuries are a real problem on the offensive line and at receiver, but the Wolfpack could not establish a consistent offensive rhythm. In 95 snaps, the Pack averaged 3.7 yards per play, compared to 7.1 for Syracuse.

What’s next: The Wolfpack has its second open date of the season before a road trip to No. 5 Florida State on Oct. 26. N.C. State beat FSU last year in Raleigh, 17-16, but has lost its past three trips to Tallahassee, Fla., including a 34-0 shutout in 2011.

Joe Giglio

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