Dave Doeren: "It's Going To Be A Tough Game"

RALEIGH, N.C. -- NC State head coach Dave Doeren met with the media to discuss the upcoming game against Virginia Tech.

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"Anytime you play a game that comes down to a one-possession score there's a lot of plays when you watch the film that could have altered the game."

"For us... when we turn the ball over and don't take it away more than they do, it hasn't been a good formula for us."

"Those two turnovers for us really... equated to a 17-point swing. If we score on that drive, which I think we would have because we've been good inside the five, that's seven points for us and it ended up going the other way for them... a 14-point swing, and after the fumble they got a field goal."

"Those are things that we need to spend a lot of time on."

"I thought defensively we had 14 tackles in their backfield, 10 TFLs and four sacks. I thought we were disruptive. We had five three-and-outs."

"The biggest thing that I'm disappointed in, there were some self-inflicted things... a couple of penalties that extends drives, which we haven't done. We lost contain on a pressure on the first drive of the game."

"To win one possession games you have to find a way to make one or two of those plays... we have to make one more than they do."

"I thought we made some good adjustments at halftime."

"We had seven guys around that hit and it landed right in the lap of one of their guys, which was unfortunate because that was a great hit by Germaine Pratt."

"We blocked a field goal that went through the uprights."

"We came out of the game healthy, which is a positive. The key is not beating ourselves, and that's my job and our coaching staff's job to continue to work with our players to try to minimize our mistakes."

"It's a great team to coach, and I'm excited to take this team on the road to Virginia Tech."

"I'm honored to coach a game against coach Beamer.  He's one of the classiest people I've met in this business, and he's someone I really respect and look up to. I have for a long time."

"They've blocked 136 kicks in his tenure, and he has an 80% percentage at home."

"They are averaging close to 32 points per game... they've played in some tough-weather games which probably has hurt their passing game a bit."

"They lead the ACC in takeaways, and they make a lot of plays."

"Their middle linebacker, No. 54, he's really fun to watch."

"They play a lot of man-to-man, a lot of press coverage."

"Both of their tight ends, Hodges and Malleck, two touchdowns each."

"It's going to be a tough game against a good coaching staff and a good crew."

"It's an opportunity to play in a great place.  I've heard a lot of things about playing up there... I'm excited to go up there and face the challenge."

"There were some good things. We had some very good runs in the game, but we weren't able to sustain the down and distance we need to stay on the field and continue to run the ball.  Some of our linemen played really well, and some of them struggled against a really good defensive tackle."

"We have to do a better job of staying on-schedule."

"They are good."

"It's hard to run up the middle on these guys. Their MIKE is a really good player, like I mentioned, and their three All-conference players are right there in the center of it."

"Almost all of the are quarterback runs, and that's not what we do the most."

"You're not going to just sit there and run downhill on their loaded front and have a good day doing it."

"The good thing is I think our backs are good at breaking contact, running through people, and making guys miss. We've got to get the ball in space, we have to get on the edges with our jets, and we have to throw the football."

"That's the biggest thing, protection against them, because they are bringing five, six, or seven a lot."

"When we talked yesterday as a team I said that to them."

"Let the chips fall where they fall... let's not lose because of last week's game."

"We're going to be positive and you need to be positive and let's move forward."

"We don't have time to feel sorry for ourselves."

"Obviously we'll tell our recruits that we're on and ask them to watch.  As far as the high school part, I get that. I was a high school coach... today there's football on almost every night of the week."

"They got us on a couple of underneath throws. I think what happens a lot of times when you're playing a quarterback that's a runner is your eyes get off of the routes and you stare at the guy because you think he's taking off and you want to go get him."

"We had to get our eyes back into route progressions and matching routes the right way."

"We didn't think he'd throw the ball to beat us, and he didn't."

"We're always going to be balanced in our efforts and sometimes the runs will come in the form of passes."

"I do think it's important that we don't become one-dimensional. That's not who we are. That doesn't fit our strengths."

"We have to do a good job of using our formations and motions to find some advantages."

"They have a similar experience at Florida State and Clemson with their openings."

"It's great to be a part of an environment like that."

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