NOTEBOOK: FaceTime For Dayes

BOSTON, MA -- Jacoby Brissett wanted to make sure the injured Matt Dayes was in on the post-game fun after the win over Boston College. So he brought the celebration to him, with teammates sending their love via FaceTime.

Jacoby Brissett wanted to make sure the injured Matt Dayes was in on the post-game fun after the win over Boston College. So he brought the celebration to him, with teammates sending their love via FaceTime.

“I was just FaceTiming with him,” Brissett said. “He’s doing really well.”

Reggie Gallaspy ran for a 35-yard touchdown run, helping ease the pain of losing Dayes.

“Matt has been very supportive of me and the rest of the running backs,” he said. “I talked to him last night – he’s been keeping me up with everything with him and also encourage me. I’ve been getting a little stressed back there and Matt has been real good for me.”

Photobomb the FaceTime? “Jacoby FaceTime Matt him but I’ll most definitely get with him after the game, on the plane and stuff.”  

A Stupid Play?
Brissett blamed himself for the “stupid” play he made for only his second interception of the year – he heaved a ball up in the air while in the grasp of a BC defender.

“That was so stupid – that’s what you’re probably going to tell me in that article … nah, I’m just kidding,” he said. “That was stupid. I should have never have thrown it. It happens, but oh well.”

He was glad to make up for it with the perfect 83-yard bomb for a touchdown.

Need For Speed
Maurice Trowell caught an 83-yard touchdown pass – the longest against BC since State had a 96-yarder in 2005 – and now has 59- and 83-yard TD catches among his nine grabs on the year.

“He’s a real explosive player for us – a really good player,” said Brissett. “He’s out there making some really good plays, some really good catches against the corners. It’s helping us out a lot and really expanding our playbook.” 

Hines On The Move
Nyheim Hines moved into the backfield with Dayes out, carrying the ball seven times for a net of 23 yards.

“I think he did really well,” Brissett said. “He really helped us out … they made some really good plays, some good tackles getting off blocks. I think he really ran the ball well."

Great Progress
First it was Wake Forest. Now Boston College – two losing streaks ended by this NC State team.

“I challenged our team at the beginning of the season – I said there are two games we need to win to show progress,” said coach Dave Doeren. “It was 12 years since we son at Wake Forest and 10 years since we won here in Boston. We were able to accomplish both of them this season. To me, it’s great progress by our football team.”

Juston Burris win in Boston on his second visit, recalling that “Andre Williams just ran right through us,” the last time the Pack was in Chestnut Hill. “Just to come back and actually get this win, for the whole team and for Wolfpack Nation was great.”

Said Mike Rose: It’s building blocks in the program. We want to just keep taking steps and keep building. I think this program has a big future ahead of it.”  

Parting Shots
The Pack became bowl eligible with the win, Doeren saying, “We are bowl eligible with three to play and our goal is to get better than we were a year ago. Last year we won seven in the regular season and so we have to keep fighting and swinging and see if we can get there.”

... Doeren was happy with the run game against the No. 1-ranked defense in the nation. “We had 139 yards rushing and they were only giving up like 80 so that’s pretty good,” he said. “I mean, could it be better? Yeah – but against that defense, that’s pretty salty. We had over 100 yards more than what they normally … I think they keep people around 240 and we had 350 on offense so you know that’s a pretty good day offensively considering what we were going up against.”

... Mike Rose was happy with the effort of the defense. “I think they played pretty good,” the ACC sack leader said after chalking up two of his team’s five sacks. “I’m very proud of linebackers, DBs coming downhill – it took all 11 and they did a great job.” He was surprised at the number of sacks. “We had five? I didn’t know that. I think after BJ got his first, I think I kinda realized that things were about to go good. They’re more run blockers so I guess we put them in a situation where they had to throw the ball.”

Asked about Rose’s sacks, Juston Burris said, “Mike is a doing great. As a senior, that’s when you’re supposed to be playing your best ball, this year as a redshirt senior … he’s been helping us making that pass rush and making it easy for the corners and DBs.”

... State came into the game with just seven takeaways on the season – and recorded four in this game, including a fumble that was fumbled right back. The three interceptions were by Burris and Hakim and Josh Jones.

“It was just great to get the three picks and  … actually Akeem and Josh are my roommates, so all three of us got a pick. The whole house got a pick

... Burris said he and his defensive mates wanted to show they were as good or better than BC’s nationally ranked defense. “That was the call all week,” he said. “Obviously they were ranked in the top five, or number one in total defense and we were just trying to show them that we were the best defense on the field … I thought we were the best defense on the field.”

... Granted the defense wasn’t playing against a good offense, but it was nice to bounce back after giving up 56 points at Clemson.

“We never lost confidence in anything we’ve ever done this year,” Burris said. “I thought we’ve been playing well – obviously giving up 56 points against Clemson wasn’t what we wanted to do but we never lost focus, we never lost confidence. Just coming back out here today really gave us confidence going into Florida State next week.”

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