Pack Moves On

The Wolfpack's growing momentum was wiped away all at once in a 34-0 loss at Florida State. Gone is the two-game winning streak that was supposed to be catalyst for turning around the season.

With a 4-4 record and the need to reach the seven-win mark to become bowl eligible, the Wolfpack could see its season spiral downward. Perhaps playing three of its final four games at home will help its cause.

The lopsided loss came with mostly a stagnant performance. The offense was idled so often that the defense barely had a chance to regroup.

N.C. State's 166 yards of total offense is bound to have its fans howling again. The rushing attack failed to generate enough to help opening passing lanes for quarterback Mike Glennon. No ball carrier for the Wolfpack averaged more than 2.7 yards per attempt against Florida State.

If there's a saving grace for the Wolfpack, it might be that attention could be diverted quickly from this result. That's because rival North Carolina visits for the team's next game.

-- If that 34-0 score in Saturday's setback to Florida State looks familiar for the Wolfpack fans, it's not a pleasant site. N.C. State hadn't been shut out since a 34-0 loss to start the 2008 season at South Carolina. That game was the collegiate debut for former N.C. State QB Russell Wilson.

-- The Wolfpack can't seem to buck the trend of sluggish starts. N.C. State hasn't scored in the first quarter in five of its eight games and its combined deficit for first quarters this season sits at 65-24. The latest offensive woes lasted the entire game as the Wolfpack was shut out in an ACC road game for the first time since 1990 at Virginia.

KEEP AN EYE ON: DT Markus Kuhn -- He has been a rare player along with defensive front who has been mostly healthy this season and he tends to be playing with a purpose in his final year. He had two tackles for losses at Florida State, including one of the Wolfpack's three sacks.

LOOKING GOOD: WR T.J. Graham made a team-high five receptions in the game against Florida State. He added 77 yards on returns, with 76 of those coming on kickoffs. The senior is within 75 yards of the Atlantic Coast Conference record for career kickoff return yardage.

STILL NEEDS WORK: The Wolfpack has been efficient at times with QB Mike Glennon, but there have been stretches when the short passing attack fails to build much beyond that. He completed 19 passes at Florida State, with none of those going for more than 17 yards. Only two of the eight players to catch a pass for the Wolfpack in the game had gains of 10 or more yards.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "We have to quit making mistakes. I know I've talked about it all year how we've made way too many mistakes and we continue to do it. It's not that we don't know what to do." -- LB Audie Cole after the Wolfpack's 34-0 loss to Florida State.

-- LB Audie Cole has been named a Butkus Award semifinalist and he's showing he deserves the attention. With 10 tackles at Florida State, he has led the Wolfpack in tackles in five of the team's eight games this year.

-- K Niklas Slade missed on a 51-yard field goal attempt in the second quarter at Florida State. At the time, the Wolfpack trailed 10-0. N.C. State has gone back-to-back games without a field goal.

-- LB Terrell Manning made sure the defense that led the country in interceptions entering the week added to its total. He made his second interception of the season.

-- P Wil Baumann had a busy day at Florida State, punting seven times. He was relatively effective, with an average of 40.6 yards per punt. His longest boot went for 62 yards.

-- S Dean Haynes, who was a starting running back for the 2010 season opener, has largely been under the radar this year. He has been returning kickoffs, so he gets his hands on the ball at times despite his move to the defensive side for plays from scrimmage.

-- WR Tobias Palmer was back in action after missing the previous game with a head injury sustained during pregame warm-ups. Palmer made four catches for a total of 35 yards at Florida State.

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