DEFENSIVE KEYS TO THE GAME: Boston College

Mike Rose and the rest of NC State's defense will have to bring their "A" game on Saturday against Boston College. Here are some keys to the game for the Wolfpack defense.

NC STATE DEFENSE VS. BOSTON COLLEGE OFFENSE

DEFEND THE QUARTERBACK
Boston College is rotating quarterbacks after starter Darius Wade was lost for the season with a leg injury, so for NC State's it's another week of not knowing for sure who will be under center for the opposition.

Three freshmen, Troy Flutie is the passer, Jeff Smith is the runner, and John Fadule is the recruited walk-on who performed admirably last week against Virginia Tech.  Fadule, who seems to be a dual-threat, will likely get the start, but Boston College head coach Steve Addazio hasn't confirmed that to be the case. 

What NC State needs to do is be aware of which quarterback is in, his particular strengths, and look to limit what he does well, but most of all, Mike Rose and the rest of the defensive front must wreak havoc like they did two weeks ago at Wake Forest.

BC has struggled offensively all year and every offense starts with the quarterback.  If NC State can limit his effectiveness, whoever it is, they will have a good chance at leaving town with a victory.

TAKE AWAY THE RUN
With Boston College it always starts with stuffing the ground game.

The Eagles want to pound away, control the clock, and win with their defense.  NC State must stop the run.  That has to be priority No. 1.  BC lost leading rusher Jon Hilliman early in the season and have used a committee at the position with speedster Myles Willis leading the way.  However, the group has struggled in recent weeks, totaling 61 yards on 65 carries in the last two games.

NC State knows they must stop the running game... they've talked about it all week.

If the Wolfpack can eliminate the running game it would put even more pressure on BC's quarterbacks and passing game, which won't be a good thing for the home team.

LIMIT BIG PLAYS
Boston College will likely open up conservative and not try to give the game away early... just grind away, but State can't allow that to happen. They must establish control right away and they have to prevent big scoring plays for the Eagles because they haven't had much sucess at all at sustaining drives this year.

Chances are BC's going to try and hit some big plays after seeing the success Clemson had last week.  Trick plays, deep bombs, reverses...  State has to be prepared for anything.

If NC State can limit big plays they will likely earn their second ACC win of the season.


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