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Oct.10, 2016

Blue & Gold Illustrated: America's Foremost Authority on Notre Dame Football

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36 OCT. 10, 2016 BLUE & GOLD ILLUSTRATED Dayes is a real good running back," Carter said. "They can beat you run- ning and throwing offensively. On paper, it looks like this would be a fairly high-scoring game." Defensively, sophomore Dar- ian Roseboro — a former Rivals100 Michigan commit — teams with senior Bradley Chubb and juniors Kentavious Street and Justin Jones to form a solid front four. The Wolfpack had five sacks in its 49-22 win over Old Dominion Sept. 17. In a 33-30 loss to East Caro- lina Sept. 10, North Carolina State had 13 tackles for loss. "The big thing is Darian Roseboro, he's a sophomore now and he's re- ally upped his play this year," Carter said. "He had three sacks in the last game and he's had at least one tackle for loss in every game. He's the one that's really bumped it up to another level." The secondary hasn't been the Wolfpack's strong suit. "The corners have gotten beat — William & Mary and Old Domin- ion had one good receiver apiece," Carter said. "The problem is every other team is going to have three or four of those type of guys from here on out. "The Old Dominion guy [Zach Pas- chal] had over 100 yards receiving. They've had some issues in cover- age and the ECU quarterback [Philip Nelson] completed his last 17 or 18 passes in a row to end the game. That would be the No. 1 worry at this point." The big win has eluded Doeren during his three-plus seasons at North Carolina State. Although Notre Dame doesn't enter the Oct. 8 matchup with as much buzz as its No. 10 preseason ranking, the Irish figure to be a measuring stick for the 44-year-old Doeren. During his tenure, Doeren has com- piled recruiting classes that ranked in the 30s and 40s nationally by Rivals, including the 30th-ranked class in 2014. Doeren inherited a roster that had lagged in recruiting — notably a 96th-ranked class in 2011 under pre- vious head coach Tom O'Brien. The next step is taking that talent and winning marquee games, which Doeren has failed to do. Carter-Finley Stadium — a notori- ously tough place to play for oppos- ing teams — is celebrating its 50th an- niversary for the Notre Dame game. The stadium, which seats 57,583 fans, has a built-in advantage for the Wolfpack. "Part of it is traditionally NC State's always been a solid team," Carter said. "They may lack greatness, but they've always been a solid team. There's some talent there, and then you throw in the atmosphere, and for a stadium that only holds 55-60,000, it's right on top of you. "There's no sideline, and the op- posing players are usually caught off guard by how they're right on top of you. It is very loud for its size. It creates an electric atmosphere, which kind of gives that adrenaline rush for the team to play perhaps a little bit past their capabilities, which isn't bad to begin with." ✦ GAME PREVIEW: NORTH CAROLINA STATE 2016 NC STATE SCHEDULE Date Opponent (TV) Result/Time (ET) Sept. 1 William & Mary W, 48-14 Sept. 10 at East Carolina (ESPNU) L, 33-30 Sept. 17 Old Dominion W, 49-22 Oct. 1 Wake Forest (RSN) W, 33-16 Oct. 8 Notre Dame (ABC) 12 p.m. Oct. 15 at Clemson TBA Oct. 22 at Louisville TBA Oct. 29 Boston College TBA Nov. 5 Florida State TBA Nov. 12 at Syracuse TBA Nov. 19 Miami TBA Nov. 25 at North Carolina TBA Sophomore defensive end Darian Roseboro compiled 6.5 tackles for loss and three sacks in the Wolfpack's first three contests in 2016. PHOTO BY KEN MARTIN 2016 NOTRE DAME SCHEDULE Date Opponent (TV) Result/Time (ET) Sept. 4 at Texas (ABC) L, 50-47 (2OT) Sept. 10 Nevada (NBC) W, 39-10 Sept. 17 Michigan State (NBC) L, 36-28 Sept. 24 Duke (NBC) L, 38-35 Oct. 1 vs. Syracuse* (ESPN) W, 50-33 Oct. 8 at North Carolina State (ABC) 12 p.m. Oct. 15 Stanford (NBC) 7:30 p.m. Oct. 29 Miami (NBC) 3:30 p.m. Nov. 5 vs. Navy^ (CBS) 11:30 a.m. Nov. 12 vs. Army# (NBC) 3:30 p.m. Nov. 19 Virginia Tech (NBC) 3:30 p.m. Nov. 26 at USC TBA * at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.; ^ at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Fla.; # at Alamodome in San Antonio

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