NC State’s Doeren era kicks off with win, key QB injury
Louisiana Tech isn’t the same team it was a year ago with most of its talent gone, but there are still good players on that roster. It was hardly a cupcake opener, and NC State handled the Bulldogs pretty thoroughly in all three phases of the game.
But the injury to starting quarterback Brandon Mitchell sucked some of the enthusiasm out of Carter-Finley Stadium in a hurry.
That’s a game that NC State looked like it had a chance to compete in with Mitchell running the offense. He led three drives and two of those were for touchdowns and he completed 3-of-3 passes for 93 yards. He also ran for 19 yards on five carries, and his dual-threat skill set is a big part of what Doeren wants to do.
If the Wolfpack can start with an average field position of its own 36-yard line (Louisiana Tech’s average starting position was its own 25), it will at least help.
Louisiana Tech likes to go up-tempo, and it was hot outside. But the Bulldogs put up 321 yards of offense and would have had more than 14 points if not for two goal-line fumbles.
Well, Dayes got carries all right — 17 of them, to be exact.