Second Half Wolfpack Gets Knockout Punch

Orignally published on 2021-10-17 15:08:53 by


Pack outscores BC 23-0 in second half

By Jeff Gravley
RALEIGH, N.C. Dave Doeren and his staff preached all week about the challenges of playing on the road and the physicality they would need to beat Boston College. 
The first drive of the night was a good indicator that it could be a special night for the Wolfpack.
Devin Leary went deep to Devin Carter who took the ball off the back of the defender with an acrobatic, one-handed, juggling catch for the touchdown. Carter won the physical battle, Pack up 7-0 early.
Defensive back Devan Boykin had a series to remember on the Eagles last drive of the half. He cleared the sinuses of one receiver with a bone-jarring hit that separated the ball from the receiver. Later in the drive on third-and-goal, Boykin knocked away a pass in the back of the endzone to erase a touchdown. The freshman won the physical battle.
“Devan has practiced really well the last few weeks,” Dave Doeren explained. “He’s earned more playing time, and they rewarded him for that and he capitalized on it. It doesn’t surprise me. He’s a coach’s son. He takes practice very seriously.”
Boston College missed the field goal after Boykin’s PBU and wouldn’t score another point the rest of the night. The Eagles entered the game averaging 36 points per game.
The Wolfpack used the momentum of the defensive stop and missed field goal to go on their longest drive of the night, 16 plays for 70 yards. It ended with a Christopher Dunn, 27-yard field goal and a 10-7 lead as the half expired.
The points came on a “mayday” call for the special teams unit. They practice it often in an empty Carter-Finley Stadium. Snapper Joe Shimko, holder Trenton Gill and Dunn stand on the sideline and suddenly yell mayday, mayday, mayday!! With an internal clock ticking, they sprint to the field, quickly get set and kick a field goal to beat the clock. Simulation in practice that was executed perfectly at Boston College.
The field goal before the half was part of a 26-0 run by the Wolfpack, with 21 of those points coming in the third quarter.
The punt return unit got it started when a strong rush flustered Boston College punter Grant Carlson forcing a fumble. Boykin scooped it up like a slick-fielding shortstop and took it 34 yards for the touchdown.
New Jersey native Leary had over 30 family and friends who made the trip to Chestnut Hill to watch him play in person. He added two touchdown tosses in the third quarter from opposite passing spectrums.
One was a four-yard dart to Dylan Parham. On the next possession, Leary stepped up to avoid a sack and with the perfect touch, dropped a rainbow pass between two defenders into the hands of Thayer Thomas who sprinted for the longest touchdown catch of his career, 79 yards.
In the last four games, Leary has completed 70% of his passes with 12 touchdowns and zero interceptions.
With all the offensive scoring complete, it was time to set up a program record late in the fourth quarter. Leary completes a short screen to Emeka Emezie to set the school record for career receptions. Now with 203 catches, Emezie passed Jaylen Samuels.
NC State answered the call to play physical football; something that was pleasing to their head coach. “I told them, you’re going to get punched in the mouth in this game. You’re going to have to hit them more, a lot more. And we did.”
There were multiple boxing references in Doeren’s post game comments. “It’s just fun to see guys with blood in the water and not letting them back in the game. That, to me, is what championship football teams do.
“They don’t let people back in when they have them on the ropes like that.”
The Pack knew it would be a physical, fight on the road and the response was an impressive 33-7 knockout. 

Orignally published on 2021-10-17 15:08:53 by

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