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So what would Benjamin Disraeli make of the N.C. State defense?

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N.C. State's defense: Top-ranked or just plain rank?
Jim Young * News-Record
So what would Benjamin Disraeli make of the N.C. State defense? The man famous for his quote about "Lies, damn lies and statistics," would be faced with this conundrum: The Wolfpack finished the 2004 season ranked No. 1 nationally in total yardage yielded -- just 221.4 yards a game -- yet was 105th in turnovers forced -- just 15 in 11 games. Which statistic is the lie? Which is the truth? Was the State defense a unit that suffocated opposing offenses for 60 minutes each game? Or was it a group of players who never quite made the big play at just the right time? Read More

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