After two weeks of football the Wolfpack wish they could have back NC State righted the ship becoming bowl eligible after a 37-6 thrashing of Wake Forest Saturday Afternoon. The Wolfpack utilized a dominating defense and an efficient offense to neutralize a potent Wake Forest offense.
NC State combined an efficient da from Mike Glennon tossing two touchdowns and adding 258 yards through the air with a solid run game of over 170 yards on the day to control the clock and the pace of the game. The story of the game may be pointed at third down efficiency where NC State completed 9-21 third downs to Wake Forest’s 2-17. Wake Forest had merely nine first downs on the day and NC State kept the ball for 36 minutes of game play.
What does this win do for the Wolfpack? First it makes them bowl eligible with games with Clemson and Boston College remaining. The second thing this win does is it makes Debbie Yows decision with the football program more difficult. As we said last week any decision other than firing O’brien after the Virginia game allows him to win two meaningless games against Boston College and Wake Forest plus a middle of the road bowl game. A win versus Clemson and it is almost impossible to justify a firing after finishing the year on such a high note.
NC State should finish no worse than 7-5 and 4-4 in the ACC prior to a bowl game over the holidays. Will that be enough to have O’brien back in Raleigh next season? We do not think it is, but that is Debbie Yow’s decision to make for NC State.