Pack fans donate more than $20,000 for cancer research
RALEIGH, N.C. – If NC State fans learned anything from Saturday’s Kay Yow Spring Football Game, it’s to pay attention. Turn your head, miss a play. Send a text message, miss an offensive series.
New head coach Dave Doeren likes a brisk pace on offense, which is putting it mildly. The Red and White teams combined for a breathtaking 131 snaps in just under 60 minutes Saturday, often snapping the ball within seconds of the referee spotting it for play. Doren’s no-huddle offense moves faster than most teams run their two-minute drill.
“Offensively there are a lot of new guys in the lineup,” said Doeren. “The plays are not that much different, but the names of the plays and the tempo are a lot different. I think that’s the biggest thing. We are ahead defensively and that’s not a bad thing.”
Delay-of-game penalties should be few and far between during the Doeren era. Worn out defenses, on the other hand, should be plentiful. Opponents unprepared for the Wolfpack’s breakneck style of offense will find themselves gassed by the fourth quarter.
For the record, the Red team defeated the White team 20-10, outscoring the White team 17-7 after halftime. Tony Creecy carried 20 times for 75 yards, and Rashard Smith hauled in eight passes for 84 yards to lead the Reds.
The Red team took control of the game with a pair of third-quarter touchdowns, driving 80 and 79 yards on consecutive possessions to build a 17-3 lead. Thomas hit passes of 24 yards to Smith and 29 yards to Charlie Hegedus on the first drive, setting up Milton Hall’s four-yard scoring run. Transfer quarterback Jacoby Brissett connected with Bryan Underwood on a 39-yard scoring pass for the second.
The White team cut the lead to 17-10 with a 60-yard scoring drive midway through the fourth quarter. Stocker completed five of six passes for 64 yards on the drive, sealing the drive with a 36-yard scoring strike to Bra’Lon Cherry.
Special teams play was limited by no-contact rules. Kicking for both teams, Niklas Sade booted field goals of 32, 45 and 37 yards. He missed three long attempts, including a 50-yarder and a 54-yarder. Wil Baumann did the bulk of the punting for both teams, averaging 41.6 yards on 11 punts. There were no kickoffs. All punts resulted in fair catches, and the defenses did not rush the punter.
“I would like to thank our fans who came out today and raised more than $20,000,” said Doeren. “That says a lot not just about their excitement about the football program but also their generosity.”
Overall, Doeren was pleased with the progress his team made through 15 spring practices.
“They know about our accountability expectations,” he continued. “They know what we expect from each other and how to do things. We didn’t put a ton in this spring – we put a lot in, but there is a lot left. It’s hard, because you want to put enough in so that you see the guys do all the things that we want them to be able to do. Then over the summer we can really determine what we’re good at and what we’re not and do things in the right way this fall.”