Monday, November 8, 2010

Saturday's game could be Wilson's last at Carter-Finley

N.C. State's game with Wake Forest Saturday is the Wolfpack's final home game of the season, which means it could well be Russell Wilson's final home game with the Pack. Wilson is just a junior in eligibility but already has graduated and could wind up playing baseball. So State coach Tom O'Brien said Wilson will be honored with the seniors at the game.

Wilson is always coy about his future and O'Brien wasn't giving any clues about Wilson's future at his news conference Monday. Asked when he would discuss the future with Wilson, O'Brien said, "I think afer the season's over. There are too many things for us to worry about this year than to worry about next year."

O'Brien has a strong point. N.C State hasn't won the ACC title since 1979, but will reach the ACC Championship Game if it wins its final three contests. State is at UNC and at Maryland to close the season.

Saturday's 14-13 loss at Clemson was frustrating for O'Brien and his team. State had a chance to pull ahead in the race for the Atlantic Division title but blew some opportunities and lost a game it really should have won. The Wolfpack is 11th in the ACC in red-zone scoring percentage, getting points just 75 percent of the time. N.C. State has been inside the opponents' 20-yard line 48 times and scored just 24 touchdowns. State has kicked 12 field goals but missed four times.

"We're not getting the ball in the endzone," O'Brien said. "That's the bottom line. Field goals are good because they are still points. But we have to do a better job."

Here's an interesting way to look at it. State has been inside the 20 a total of 48 times, the highest total in the ACC. But State is one of only two ACC teams (Boston College is the other) that has failed to get a touchdown more than half the time it gets in the redzone.

Duke leads the ACC in red-zone offense, with 32 chances netting 19 touchdowns and 11 field goals. North Carolina is second, with 34 chances, 21 touchdowns and nine field goals.

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