Pack Offense Finding Its Groove

NC State's offense certainly didn't start the season playing well but has found its groove recently.

NC State's offense certainly didn't start the season playing well but has found its groove recently.

After a tough victory at UConn where the offense managed to total just 258 yards of offense, State has totaled 384, 515, 664, and 325 yards in the Pack's next four games that included three wins.

"I think we can be a really good offense," said senior quarterback Mike Glennon. "There were times when we were really lights out and times when we struggled, but I think we were playing good football in the second half of those six games.

"It's something we are going to keep building on and have ready for the rest of the games."

State's most impressive performance might have been in the Pack's weakest outing from a statistical standpoint. The Wolfpack offense generated just 325 yards of total offense against Florida State, but the Seminoles boast one of the top defenses in college football.

State was able to grind out a 17-16 win by scoring all 17 points in the second half when Glennon and his unit came up big in critical situations.

"Going against that defense, we knew it was going to be a challenge for us," he said. "To come back in that fashion was really something special for our offense. It's a step forward.

"They are one of the top five defenses in the country. It shows that as long we execute the way we are taught we can do it against anyone."

Execution and ball security have been the biggest issues for State this year. The Wolfpack has totaled 10 turnovers in the two losses, including six at Miami when they totaled a school-record 654 yards of total offense. Even with the turnovers, State had a chance to win the game at Miami in the final seconds, and Glennon views that as a positive.

"[Ball security] is something that coach O'Brien has brought up to the offense," said Glennon. "In our two losses we had 10 turnovers and in our four wins we have had just four turnovers. That says it all right there.

"We don't really want to look back but if you do that is what killed us in those games. To come that close against Miami... we almost won that game with [six] turnovers. It's something that we're going to put an emphasis on and take care of moving forward."

The Pack headed into a bye week after the upset win over Florida State and it came at a much-needed time. State has some injury issues but it should also allow the team to put the win behind them and focus on the upcoming game against Maryland.

"I'm hoping with the bye week we've moved on from it," said Glennon. "I think it was a good time to get recover and get healthy. We're focused and back... we realize we control our own destiny moving forward. I think everyone's mind is right.

"[During the bye week] we just kind of went back and reviewed the tape from the first half of the year and got a jump start on Maryland. As far as practice, we wanted to find something to get better at and take advantage of those practices."

A road game at Maryland is going to be a tough test for Glennon and the offense. The Terps are currently in the top 20 nationally in total defense (No. 9), rushing defense (No. 9), passing defense (No. 18), and sacks (No. 14).

"They are well-coached," said Glennon. "The defensive coordinator is a NFL guy so they run a NFL-style defense. I feel like they have a very good defense.

"They fly around and get after the quarterback. It's going to be a challenge for us."


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