NC State keeps focus on Furman with Florida State looming – FOXSports.com
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) North Carolina State didn’t get caught looking back last week. With a huge test looming, the Wolfpack don’t want to look ahead, either.
N.C. State (1-1) looks to keep its focus on Furman of the FCS on Saturday – and not on its Atlantic Coast Conference opener the following week at No. 11 Florida State.
”We want to be a better team in Week 3 than in Week 2,” coach Dave Doeren said.
The Wolfpack in 2016 expressed frustration at allowing one loss to mushroom into multiple defeats. That could have happened again this year, after they lost a barometer-type opener to South Carolina and then twice trailed Marshall by 10 points.
But N.C. State found a rhythm late in the first half, scored touchdowns on four straight possessions and beat the Thundering Herd 37-20.
Now the Wolfpack vow to keep their full attention on the Paladins (0-2) while not peeking ahead to the Atlantic Division showdown with the Seminoles. Furman’s two losses, both to fellow FCS schools, have come by a total of four points.
The Paladins’ option offense has service-academy roots; first-year coach Clay Hendrix spent a decade on the staff at Air Force as both an offensive line coach and the offensive coordinator. Furman ranks 24th in the FCS in rushing, averaging 208.5 yards, and its 2+ penalties per game is tied for third in the subdivision.
”I know they’re going to compete hard and they’re going to be proud kids to come in and play hard,” Doeren said.
Some things to know about the Furman-N.C. State game:
SECONDARY HELP: The Wolfpack hope to have a reinforcement in the secondary with CB Mike Stevens (lower leg) appearing on the depth chart for the first time this season. Doeren would like Stevens to play