What a huge win for the Pack. Yeah a lot of people have said it was a lucky win and maybe it was (thanks Christian Ponder!), but how many times has the shoe been on the other foot for the Pack? I’ll answer that one … a lot. So I’m not going to apologize for getting the win, I’m actually still celebrating it. Now the Pack controls their own destiny to the ACC Championship Game. With 3 of the final 4 games on the road it’s not going to be easy, but that’s all you can ask for entering the month of November. Now let’s get to the grades.
Quarterback – Grade: A-
Russell Wilson had that horrible INT inside the redzone early in the 4th quarter and he under threw a wide open Owen Spencer deep that would have been a TD. Other than that he was dynamic running the ball and did enough throwing it to lead our team to victory.
Running Backs – Grade: B
I still don’t understand why Dean Haynes gets the starts and more playing time than Mustafa Greene. Well actually I do, but the reasoning behind it is stupid. It’s time for TOB to forget Mustafa is a freshman and remember that he is our best running back. Haynes had the costly fumble that led to a FSU touchdown and Mustafa only had 76 yards on 17 carries (mostly in the 2nd half)
Receivers – Grade: C
FSU did a good job taking away the vertical passing game and our receivers struggled to get open consistently throughout the game. This is the 2nd subpar game in a row for this unit that is one of the strengths of the team. They need to step up this Saturday at Clemson.
Offensive Line – Grade: B-
The offensive line at times looked real good and at times looked real bad. I saw R.J. Mattes get blown around several times and Camden Wentz miss a few guys right up the middle. It’s past time for this unit to get “it” and gel together.
Defensive Line – Grade: C
Natanu Mageo was in the backfield and causing a ruckus most of the night. The rest of the D-line was very quiet. They did allow 3rd team RB Ty Jones to rush for 108 yards on 10 carries (10.8 ypc). Not good.
Linebackers – Grade: A
The three headed monster of Nate Irving, Audie Cole, and Terrell Manning were as advertised. They were out of position a few times allowing FSU to get the long run, but they made the plays when we needed them, including Nate recovering the decisive fumble to seal the victory.
Defensive Backs – Grade: A-
I’ve been critical of the DB’s most of the season, but they quietly had a good game in this one. They made their tackles (for the most part) and limited the big play. C.J. Wilson did drop a INT thrown right to him, but kudos to the DB’s for their play in this game.
Special Teams – Grade: A
Andy Leffler’s punting was very good (47.5 avg), our coverage teams were much better than past games, and we didn’t miss any field goals (mainly because we didn’t attempt any). Close games are decided by special teams and they played a huge role in helping us to victory.
Coaching – Grade: A+
If TOB had kicked the field goal instead of going for it on 4th and goal then I would have gone berzerk and the Pack would have lost. Whether TOB was listening to Dana Bible yell, “It’s only 6 inches” or to all the Carter-Finley booing him for sending the field goal unit on the field, he didn’t go the conservative route like normal. He played to win the game, and win the game we did.