Early look at N.C. State

For the first half of the season the Wolfpack waited for the defense to find its footing.

Now its offense seems to have lost its way.

N.C. State has scored a total of 23 points in its last three games, losing two of those. While there's no reason for the finger to be pointed at quarterback Mike Glennon, this latest development will only feed the reminders that play-making quarterback Russell Wilson departed the program with a year of eligibility remaining to play elsewhere.

The defense has risen to an expected level and that has kept the Wolfpack in recent games. But for the offense to come up with only 14 first downs at Boston College, it was a troubling sign in the 14-10 loss.

Without a rushing game to open other areas of the field, there was a lack of continuity. The passing attack produced less than eight yards per completion.

There's little time to make all this right because unless N.C. State wins home games against Clemson and Maryland to end the regular season, there will be no bowl game.

"We got a huge task in front of us," tight end George Bryan said after Saturday's loss to B.C.. "Our backs are against the wall. We just have to work, put things together and play, as a team … it's about time we played as a team and started off fast and finished good."

MONDAY NOTES: The Wolfpack was flagged for a season-high eight penalties in the loss to Boston College. That's only one less than the previous three games combined when there were a total of nine penalties marched off against N.C. State. The Wolfpack's penalties accounted for 56 yards, so that will push higher the 31.9 yards per game in penalties that the team had entering the game. That was the second-lowest number in the country.

* In the loss to Boston College, it marked the first time this season that the Wolfpack and its opponent both committed the same number of turnovers. They both had one giveaway and they both came by interceptions. N.C. State quarterback Mike Glennon threw 40 passes, and that was twice as many as his Boston College counterpart Chase Rettig.

* The Wolfpack's defense was so solid against Boston College that it yielded only 10 first downs. That included minus-2 yards for Boston College in the second half. LB Terrell Manning led the charge that capacity with 10 tackles for the game.

Mike Glennon completed 28 of 40 passes for 220 yards Saturday, but he also threw a costly interception in the 14-10 loss. (Scout.com)
* RB James Washington was limited in the number of carries in the Boston College game, taking only 13 from scrimmage. His workload was spread to some other areas because he caught five passes, although those only accounted for 14 yards.

* TE George Bryan has been well-covered for most of the season so it was significant when he became the team's top catcher in the Boston College game. He shared the team lead with five receptions and he led the Wolfpack with 50 receiving yards. The Wolfpack has waited to re-establish this dimension of the offense all season.

KEEP AN EYE ON: WR T.J. Graham -- He's slowly making his way toward a career record for kickoff return yardage. He managed only a total of 26 yards on two returns at Virginia. This puts him 29 yards away from the conference record in that category.

LOOKING GOOD: CB David Amerson, a sophomore defensive back, added his NCAA-leading 10th interception in the game at Boston College. Already the school record-holder, he moves within one of the ACC single-season record of 11 set by Dre Bly of North Carolina in 1996.

STILL NEEDS WORK: Gaining yards after catches is an area where the Wolfpack seems to have stalled in recent games. The team had only two plays that went for more than 20 yards against Boston College. So many of the 28 completed passes were for minimal gains.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "Being bowl eligible isn't something you worry about. You worry about winning the next game." -- LB Terrell Manning on the Wolfpack's season, which will end in November unless it wins its final two regular-season games.

ROSTER REPORT: OT Rob Crisp was in the starting lineup for the first time this season. The sophomore gained a degree of fame in the Boston College game because he knocked down an intruder who came into the field.

* T.J. Graham racked up 26 more yards on kickoff returns, putting him 29 yards shy of the all-time ACC record. The senior has at least two more games to play. But his impact as a receiver has waned in recent weeks as he has fallen in the pecking order in that role.

* OT R.J. Mattes played in the second half despite an ankle injury from the previous week that caused him to miss practice time and sit out the first half at Boston College.

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