CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. — Another foot injury cost N.C. State quarterback Brandon Mitchell another game. Mitchell did not play in Saturdays 38-21 loss at Boston College because of an ankle injury.
It was the sixth game of the season Mitchell, a graduate transfer from Arkansas, missed with an injury. He missed five games earlier in the season with a broken left foot. He turned his right ankle in last weeks 38-20 loss at Duke, coach Dave Doeren said.
Mitchells ankle kept him from practicing most of this week before the teams trip to Boston College. He traveled and warmed up but did not play vs. the Eagles.
We thought that he would lose the swelling and be able to go, Doeren said. It just never got better as the week went on. He didnt get enough reps where we felt like he could play.
Mitchell and junior Pete Thomas rotated plays against Duke last week. Doeren had planned on going with Mitchell earlier in the week before he realized the depth of Mitchells latest injury.
Thomas started Saturday, his sixth start of the season, and finished with 207 yards and a touchdown. He completed 22 of 33 passes, including a 9-yard touchdown to receiver Rashard Smith.
We got some stuff going on offense, we just didnt make plays when we needed to, Thomas said.
Freshman Bryant Shirreffs also played, as a change-of-pace to Thomas, and ran three times for eight yards. After a fourth-quarter fumble by Thomas, Doeren brought in backup Garrett Leatham. Leatham, who played briefly against Syracuse on Oct. 12, completed 3 of 6 passes for 69 yards. Leatham, a sophomore from Apex, had a 52-yard touchdown pass to freshman receiver Jumichael Ramos.
Doeren didnt say how he would use the quarterbacks against East Carolina next week. Thomas said it doesnt matter which way Doeren goes.
All the quarterbacks just want to win the game, even if you rotate five guys, however it happens, Thomas said.
Losing ground: While Boston College ran wild, putting up 420 rushing yards, the Wolfpack couldnt get its ground game going. Sophomore Shadrach Thornton, who had run for more than 100 yards in two of the past three games, finished with 56 yards on 11 carries.
With four sacks included in the team total, N.C. State finished with a season-low 35 rushing yards on 26 attempts.
Missed opportunity: Junior punter Wil Baumann had a busy day with eight punts for 397 yards. Baumann also figured in on a botched field-goal attempt in the second quarter. After a BC fumble in N.C. States territory before the end of the half, N.C. State had lined up for a 42-yard field goal. Nik Sade never got a chance to get the kick off because Baumann couldnt catch the snap.