North Carolina offensive coordinator John Shoop wasn't at Carter-Finley during pre-game to watch his brother coach for William & Mary, but said he might stop by later. Shoop's brother, Bob, is defensive coordinator for William & Mary. “We talked by phone this morning,” Shoop said by telephone Saturday evening, “and I know he's super excited.” Bob Shoop's defense got off to a great start, keeping N.C. State's inept offense from getting a first down for the first 28 minutes, 40 seconds.
If N.C. State linebacker Nate Irving keeps playing this way, he will make a serious case for All-ACC honors. Irving made 10 tackles and an interception at South Carolina. Early in Saturday's game, Irving intercepted a pass to set up the opening touchdown and made a tackle 6 yards behind the line of scrimmage to force a punt.
Injuries at tight end are piling up for the Wolfpack. Starter Anthony Hill missed Saturday's game with a strained chest muscle, and backup Matt Kushner injured his right knee in the second quarter. Third-teamer George Bryan played well, with five catches for 41 yards and a touchdown, but another injury at tight end might be catastrophic.