Sunday, October 29, 2006

Trestman's System Peaked In Its Very First Game

I don't mean to pile on Marc Trestman with this, because I'm not sure he deserves all the criticism he's getting, but I was thinking about his system after the game yesterday and it occurred to me that the offense has never looked better than it did in the 2005 opener against Virginia Tech. NC State piled up over 400 total yards against a Hokies defense that would finish the year ranked #1 in total defense.

The Pack's first possession of the game--and Trestman's first series calling plays in college--was a fantastic 14 play, 83 yard drive that ate up six minutes and was capped by a 25-yard Darrell Blackman touchdown run. Though we ended up losing, I remember being excited about the offense's marked improvement.

I spent the rest of 2005 wondering where that offense went. Now we're two-thirds through 2006 and I'm still wondering.

OpponentTotal Offense (yds)Pts ScoredOpp Total Def Rank
Virginia Tech438161
EKU (I-AA)47554n\a
Georgia Tech2861722
Wake Forest3031969
Southern Miss4252173
Florida State2812014
Middle Tenn State2382428
Boston College3061016
South Florida 3001417

OpponentTotal Offense (yds)Pts ScoredOpp Total Def Rank
App State (I-AA)24223n/a
Southern Miss2741772
Boston College3201745
Florida State3402416
Wake Forest3342348