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Given a second and final chance, sophomore quarterback Dave Shinskie showed us why he was benched in the first placed.
Shinskie completed just 8-of-25 passes for 91 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions as North Carolina State demolished Boston College 44-17 at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, NC on Saturday afternoon.
The Wolfpack (5-1, 2-1 ACC) scored first on kicker
N.C. State built the lead to 10-0 with 8:10 left in the first quarter when it blocked a Ryan Quigley punt and D.J. Green recovered the ball in the endzone for the score.
Boston College (2-3, 0-2 ACC) put its first points on the board with 14:52 left in the second quarter on kicker Nate Freese's 24-yard field goal, cutting the N.C. State lead to 10-3.
Nevertheless, the Eagles defense couldn't contain N.C. State quarterback Russell Wilson (37-for-51, 312 yards, 3 TD, 2 INT), who built the lead to 17-3 with 13:36 left in the half on a 24-yard touchdown pass to Owen Spencer (7 catches, 62 yards).
With 6:53 left in the half, Russell passed to Darrell Davis (3 catches, 25 yards) for a five-yard score giving N.C. State a commanding 24-3 lead.
The Eagles were able to climb back into the game, though, as Shinskie found Ifeanyi Momah for a 15 yard touchdown that trimmed the Wolfpack lead to 24-10.
C.J. Wilson gave N.C. State its only points in the third quarter, interception Shinskie and taking the ball 29 yards to the house to build the Wolfpack lead to 34-10.
Another Wilson touchdown pass, a six yard gain by Jarvis Williams (5 catches, 63 yards), and a
However, Boston College was able to put the ball in the end zone once more when sophomore quarterback Mike Marscovetra (4-of-8, 83 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT), who replaced Shinskie early in the third quarter, found Alex Amidon (4 catches, 103 yards) for a 66-yard touchdown to give the Eagles' their final score of the game.
Montel Harris rushed for 49 yards on 14 carries and Sterlin Phipher carried the ball four times and totaled 30 yards for Boston College.
North Carolina State racked up 411 total yards in the game (334 passing, 77 rushing) while Boston College only managed 274 net yards (174 passing, 100 rushing).
The Eagles, now riding a three-game losing streak, travel to Tallahassee to face ACC powerhouse Florida State next Saturday at 12 p.m. ET.
After taking a commanding 34-10 lead into the third quarter, North Carolina State added another touchdown on Russel Wilson's six-yard touchdown pass to Jarvis Williams, giving the Wolfpack a 41-10 advantage with 14:00 left in the fourth quarter.
Wolfpack kicker Josh
Backup quarterback Mike Marscovetra put the Eagles on the board for the first time since the second quarter, heaving a 66-yard touchdown to Alex Amidon to cut the N.C. State lead to 44-17 with 5:55 left to play.
Unfortunately, that was the last hurrah for Marscovetra, who threw an interception to Brandon Bishop with 1:57 left in the fourth quarter, sealing the 44-17 victory for the Wolfpack.
With the loss, Boston College dropped its third straight game and falls to 2-3 (0-2 ACC).
Boston College received the ball after kickoff, but couldn't do anything with it. After Montel Harris rushed for no gain, Eagles' sophomore quarterback Dave Shinskie threw an incomplete pass and was sacked, forcing Boston College to punt.
North Carolina State scored the first points of the second half when C.J. Wilson intercepted Shinskie and returned it 29 yards for the score to give the Wolfpack a dominant 34-10 lead with 10:08 left in the third quarter.
Eagles head coach Frank Spaziani had had enough after Shinskie's interception, bringing in fellow sophomore quarterback Mike Marscovetra to take the snaps for the remainder of the game.
The change didn't matter, though, as neither team was able to score after Wilson's pick six, and North Carolina State took a 34-10 lead into the fourth quarter.
After being shutout in the first quarter, Boston College finally put three points on the board early in the second quarter.
Eagles kicker Nate Freese split the uprights on a 24-yard field goal with 14:52 left in the second quarter, cutting North Carolina State's lead to 10-3.
However, the Wolfpack answered with a touchdown as quarterback Russell Wilson fired a 24-yard pass to Owen Spencer for a touchdown (
The Eagles had an opportunity to get back into the game when Donnie Flether intercepted Wilson and returned it 20 yards to midfield, but the ball was moved back13 yards on a Boston College penalty after the pick.
Brandan Bishop cancelled out Fletcher's interception, though, picking off Eagles' quarterback Dave Shinskie three plays later at the Boston College 39-yard-line.
Wilson capitalized on the Eagles' turnover, leading his troops deep into Boston College territory and scoring on a five-yard touchdown pass to
After giving up two straight scores, Shinskie was able to put the Eagles back in the game on a 15-yard pass to
North Carolina State took advantage of Boston College in the first quarter, putting up 10 points while holding the Eagles scoreless.
Meanwhile, Boston College's offense, led by sophomore quarterback Dave Shinskie yet again, was unable to move the ball effectively.
The Wolfpack capitalized on another opportunity, blocking a punt by Ryan Quigley inside the Eagles' 20 yard line. D.J. Green recovered the punt in the end zone, giving North Carolina State a 10-0 advantage that would hold through the end of the quarter.
After a horrible performance against Virginia Tech, Shinskie was benched against Notre Dame in favor of freshman Chase Rettig. While Rettig performed well enough, connecting on 5-of-10 passes for 72 yards and a touchdown, an ankle injury knocked him out of the game early and will keep him from getting another shot at starting against N.C. State.
With four straight wins to open the season, NC State was off to its best start since 2002. The Wolfpack even earned a national ranking heading into last weekend's matchup with Virginia Tech. Unfortunately, NC State was unable to prove it was worthy of a Top 25 ranking, dropping a 41-30 decision to the Hokies. The loss dropped the Wolfpack out of the Top 25 and to a level 1-1 in ACC play.
BC meanwhile, closed out its season-opening four-game homestand with a 31-13 loss to Notre Dame on Saturday. That came one week after the team was blanked 19-0 by Virginia Tech in its ACC opener. Now at 2-2 overall, the Eagles are set for a two-game road trip that will conclude at Florida State on October 16th.
The Eagles lead the all-time series with NC State, 5-2, and that includes a 52-20 rout in last season's meeting.
After being blanked by Virginia Tech, BC decided to change QBs and gave true freshman Chase Rettig a chance to make his first career start last weekend. Rettig responded by throwing for 72 yards and a score before leaving early in the second quarter with an ankle injury. Mike Marscovetra, for the fourth straight game, come on in relief, but was sacked five times while throwing for 193 yards and a pair of INTs. Rettig is listed as questionable for this weekend and if he can't go, it would be either Marscovetra or opening day starter Dave Shinskie that would get the call. The offense is obviously in a bit of a flux for the Eagles, so expect RB Montel Harris to shoulder the load. Harris has rushed for 334 yards this season, but was held to just 28 yards on 15 carries in the loss to Notre Dame. The offensive line seems to be the biggest area of concern for the Eagles, who have allowed 13 sacks while rushing for just 87.5 ypg.
Defensively, the Eagles gave up three TDs in the opening quarter to Notre Dame before settling down in a 31-13 loss. BC yielded just 315 total yards in the contest, while coming up with three takeaways. The Eagles have forced 12 turnovers on the season and are giving up just 311.0 total ypg. The unit, however, is surrendering 229.5 of those ypg through the air and opponents are converting 40 percent of the time on third down. LB Luke Kuechly continues to prove his worth to the team, as he leads the way with 51 stops on the year. He was a bright spot last weekend as well, finishing with 14 stops and a fumble recovery.
Quarterback Russell Wilson threw for 362 yards and three TDs, but his three INTs proved costly in a 41-30 loss to Virginia Tech last weekend. The performance obviously consisted of mixed results and it was a bit surprising to see Wilson throw three picks after having just one INT in the first four games. Wilson has still been effective with 1,474 yards and 14 TDs, but he really needs to be more careful protecting the ball going forward. Owen Spencer and Jarvis Williams have been his favorite targets, posting 356 and 312 receiving yards, respectively. Both cracked the century mark in the loss to Virginia Tech, with Spencer catching six passes for 145 yards and Williams finishing with four receptions for 103 yards and a score. The Wolfpack ground attack is averaging a solid 145.0 ypg and is paced by Mustafa Greene, who has rushed for 333 yards and four TDs.
NC State's defense simply crumbled after the intermission last weekend, as the Wolfpack surrendered 34 points in the second half to Virginia Tech. The unit was shredded on the ground, as Virginia Tech rushed for 317 yards on just 37 carries. The Wolfpack are now giving up 164.0 rushing ypg, a number that increased significantly after last weekend's performance. NC State, though, did manage four sacks last weekend, giving this defense an impressive 18 sacks for the year. Audie Cole had two of the sacks, along with seven tackles and three TFLs last weekend, and he tops the roster with four sacks for the year.
The Wolfpack are clearly the better offensive team and that is why they should prevail over a BC club that is in a bit of shambles at the moment.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: NC State 24, Boston College 16
Saturday, October 9th, 12:00 p.m. (et).