NC State head coach Tom O’Brien held his weekly press conference where he looked forward to Saturday’s matchup with No. 7 Clemson.
Toys for Tots
This is the Toys for Tots game, there will be Marines at all the gates and we will certainly take any contributions and toys that any of our fans can bring. The Clemson people really helped out a couple years ago when they came up. If they don’t want to bring a toy, monetary contributions will be taken at the game.
On Play of the Defense vs. Boston College
I think that they played well enough to win. We didn’t score enough points, that’s what it came down to on Saturday. It was a bizarre game, the fourth quarter we had 23 plays, and they really had one series. They had two plays to start the quarter and then three plays in the middle. We just couldn’t get the ball in the end zone when we needed to. The defense certainly did what they had to do even after losing [Markus] Kuhn, who went out with a muscle pull after eight plays. [T.Y.] McGill came in and played the rest of the game and did a good job.
I don’t think they’re frustrated, that’s their job *to keep other team’s out of endzone+. They’ve got to outplay the other defense; the other defense only gave up 10 points.
They’ll *defense+ have to really be good this week against this explosive offense.
It’s the most explosive we’ve seen. They have players – the quarterback, running back, wide receiver and tight end – that can all beat you with the ball in their hands. I think that’s what sets them apart from any other offense. Another offense may have a guy or two, but not four different positions or more that if they touch the ball, they can go all the way.
On Having to Win Out to Go to a Bowl
We’ve got to win this game. You can’t win two unless you win one. We’ve dug ourselves a big hole again. We found a way out of it before, now we have to find a way to get out of this one. I think this is a huge challenge, but we just went through a pretty challenging part of the season where we were on the road three out of four weeks.
We’re in a ditch and we have to dig our way out again. We found a way out before, we have to find a way out again now. We lost the football game, but we still have obtainable goals. We have to make up our mind where we want to be in December, and it starts Saturday.
We’re going to have to find a way to do it. We have to. A lot of yards, a lot of possession time again, but not a lot of rewards. That’s something that we’re spending a lot of time on this week.
On His Feelings at Halftime of BC Game
I was upset, but at the same time, you have to have a plan on how you’re going to succeed. You can’t just be mad. They didn’t listen to me all week leading up to the game, so in fifteen minutes at half time you’ve got to find a way to get their attention. The best thing to do was to give them a plan on how we were going to get back in it and win the football game. We just didn’t make plays- I think we did what we had to do, we just didn’t make a play to win the game.
They played three-five-three against us most of the second half. They weren’t going to let us get a big play; they were going to make us throw the ball in front of them. The tight ends were able to work the middle of the field, which nobody’s given us before, but at the same time, we got down there twice and didn’t get the ball in the end zone. All we had to do was get one in, and we didn’t do it.
On 6-6 QB Mike Glennon Having Passes Batted Down
I don’t have an answer for you. We’ve talked about it and we’re looking at it. One of his strengths is he’s oblivious to the rush and throws the ball. The other thing is, some of the passes, prior to this week, were under routes inside, so if a defensive guy gets his hands up he’ll have a chance to knock it down.
The one on Saturday *vs. BC+, we’re supposed to knock the end down and we don’t knock him down. He’s able to get up.
On Glennon’s Interception in the 4th Quarter:
He just threw it inside – it was just a bad throw. He threw the ball well all day and just makes one bad throw. If he throws it outside it’s either a touchdown or on the two yard line, I mean there’s nothing but green grass outside. We were running the post corner, we had the corner turned and he threw it inside. We’ll learn from it and move on.
On Tough Stretch of Three of Four Games on Road
The tough thing about going on the road three times in four weeks is that it’s a tough emotional four week stretch. Certainly, you have to learn how to win after you beat Carolina. You have to do that, that’s part of growing up as a program. It’s a sign of maturity, a sign of experience, whatever you want to say. That’s a problem that we have to work on. Beating Carolina is really important here, but it isn’t the end of the season, and we have to be able to take that next step as a program.
On Clemson’s Sammy Watkins
I don’t think I’ve ever seen a freshman in this league have as much of an impact as he’s had since I’ve been coaching in the league. He certainly is an explosive dynamic player. He’s fun to watch. I don’t think I’ll enjoy watching him on Saturday, but watching him play – he’s an exciting guy.