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Film Room - Drops, over throws, lack of patience sunk NC State vs Notre Dame

NC State had the chance to upset a top 10 team at home, in position to score the tying touchdown near the end of the third quarter. They failed to convert and missed the ensuing field goal before the Irish boat raced them in the final period.

Did QB Brennan Armstrong play his best game? No, three interceptions makes that clear. Many of his passes were not accurate enough to cleanly move an offense down the field. Conversely, his receivers could have done more to make passes, even in tough defensive coverage.

Let's go through some examples of the passing game, piggybacking off of Alec's post game analysis.

Not everything is Brennan Armstrong's fault

To give Armstrong the benefit of the doubt, he did throw some passes right to the hands of his receivers and they weren't able haul them in. Here, Porter Rooks couldn't convert a needed third down. He ran a good route, got open on the inside lane, Armstrong had good protection and hit Rooks on time in stride, but he just dropped it.

I've been looking forward to seeing Rooks step up this year after playing behind fan favorite and IG heart throb Thayer Thomas. He had two disappointing drops in this game, I hope this won't lead to his demotion down the depth chart as it seems there's younger players ready to fill in.

The Notre Dame defender may have also gotten a hand in there to poke it out, so maybe it's not all on Rooks. I was really impressed with the Irish secondary, they had so much speed to keep up with the Wolfpack receivers.

Rooks, part deux

Not quite a drop

TOUGH, tough throws

Back breaking drop

Not just drops, but missed passes too

Miss part 2

There were good passes too...

Stop quitting on the play

Comparison to Sam Hartman

Best play of the game




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