A Challenge For Pack Fans

RALEIGH, N.C. -- NC State head coach Dave Doeren talked all last week about how he couldn't wait to coach his first game in Carter-Finley Stadium.

On Saturday he was able to do that, as he led the Wolfpack to a 40-14 win over Louisiana Tech. Doeren was able to experience the crowd and the Walk of Champions.

"The Walk of Champions was really special," said Doeren. "I know our players were excited, and I want to thank the fans for that."

However, on a hot day in Carter-Finley Stadium, a lot of the fans who left the venue at halftime to go out to the parking lots chose to not return, and it caused the Wolfpack's first-year head coach to issue a challenge to his fanbase.

"The first half attendance was outstanding," said Doeren. "I'd like to issue a challenge to them to help us out in the third and fourth quarter.

"I think this program has a goal of being a national program, and to have home games at a place as awesome as ours, with the number of tickets we sale and the passion that our fanbase has, we need them in the seats in the third and fourth quarter to be a great team."

Doeren expanded on his request.

"You win games in the third and fourth quarter," he stated. "It's great to start fast with a big crowd, but it's better to finish with one. I think that's an advantage we need to gain.

"I'm asking them to change their routine a little bit... come back into the stadium a little earlier and stay a little longer. Support our guys, something we need if our program is going to grow the way everyone wants it to."

The Wolfpack returns to action this Saturday at 6:00 pm in Carter-Finley Stadium against Richmond.

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