"The defense was really strong today," said Doeren. "They came to play. The enthusiasm... communicated well. They had their eyes in the right place.
"The offense was pretty much the opposite until the end. They just didn't have enough sustainable drives, mostly because the defense took away a lot of the run game. They tackled well and got off blocks."
The offense's leader, junior quarterback Jacoby Brissett, seemed to agree.
"The defense came out and played well," he said. "They did a really good job on their part."
While no stats were given out, Brissett gave the impression that he wasn't at his best.
"I definitely have to play better," he pointed out following the scrimmage. "I need to get a lot better than I was today. That's pretty much it.
"There are plays there, we just have to make them. We just have to have a better day than we did today."
Before Wolfpack fans start questioning the offense, they need to remember that in the previous major scrimmage the offense appeared to have the edge on the defense.
"In pretty much every situation we practiced today the defense was dominant," said Doeren. "The first scrimmage was kind of the opposite of that, the offense won and in this scrimmage the defense dominated."
NC State has just a few more practices before the 2014 Kay Yow Spring Game. What does Brissett hope to see from his group?
"Looking at the next couple of days before our game, we just have to get more consistent," he said. "Just be able to have everyone have a good day. That's when I know we'll be a great team."