It's even more arduous for Spencer and much of the Wolfpack to figure out what happened after taking one on the chin to South Carolina where first evaluations were not kind.
"It has to mean a lot to you," he said. "We have to get a lot of guys on the same page and take it really personally because this is our job. Last week we didn't do our job very well. Sometimes you can get fired if you don't do your job very well. We have come out here and execute everything and make everything a positive."
After starting the season against the Gamecocks, boasting a high-profile coach from the premier conference in the country, N.C. State looks to rebound with a less formidable opponent.
Murray State is the first of two consecutive FCS schools the Wolfpack faces after their season-opening loss to South Carolina. The Racers come from the Ohio Valley Conference with a 1-0 record after thumping Kentucky Wesleyan 66-10 in which they broke a school record for points in a season opener.
Murray State doesn't look to bolster the impressive defense that the Gamecocks offered, when they sacked returning ACC rookie of the year Russell Wilson six times.
The N.C. State offense managed just 74 yards passing in the loss. The offensive totals weren't much better with 133 yards of offense, averaging out to 2.4 yards a play. Perhaps most discouraging were the five dropped passes by the receiving core.
"That's on us," Spencer said. "When you talk about the offensive flaws, the defensive flaws, we have to pull our weight."
If Spencer's words are of any merit, State seems to have moved on since last Thursday after an extended break between games. For Wolfpack fans, the questions remain, but the players will look forward for a chance to even its record before another winnable game against Gardner-Webb next week.
"We have to come into this next game with a clear conscience," said Spencer, who had one catch for 15 yards in the opener. "We have to build on the mistakes that we made."
The ACC has received its share of trouble from FCS schools already this season with conference foes Duke and Virginia haven already fallen in the FCS trap. The Blue Devils lost to defending 1-AA champion Richmond and the Cavaliers fell to William & Mary in their respective openers.
"You can't fall asleep," Spencer said. "The smaller schools are a little hungrier than we are. We have to come with our A game because they will bring theirs."
Kickoff is set for 6 P.M. on Saturday for the second of the Wolfpack's eight home games in 2009.