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Syracuse Orange vs. NC State Wolfpack Preview and Predictions 10-10-2019


Syracuse and North Carolina State, the only two ACC Atlantic Division teams that are winless in conference play, face off Thursday night. The Orange and host Wolfpack have each had nearly two weeks to prepare as they seek their first ACC victory of the campaign.

Syracuse absorbed a 41-6 loss to No. 2 Clemson in its ACC opener before bouncing back with victories against Western Michigan and Holy Cross. The Orange scored 93 points in those two triumphs and erupted for 51 in last season's meeting with N.C. State - a 10-point win that was only the second victory by Syracuse in 12 encounters with N.C. State. The Wolfpack were handed a 31-13 loss against Florida State in their last game as they lost two fumbles, turned it over on downs twice and punted six times in a sloppy overall effort. "Weird feeling after this game," N.C. State coach Dave Doeren, who plans to switch quarterbacks this week, told reporters. "I'm really proud of the way our defensive kids battled. We struggled offensively in a lot of ways."

TV: 8 p.m. ET, ESPN. LINE: N.C. State -4.5

ABOUT SYRACUSE (3-2, 0-1 ACC): The Orange average only 3.4 yards per carry as a team with Moe Neal (317 yards, 4.4 average) leading the way. None of his 11 carries went for more than six yards against Holy Cross, but sophomore quarterback Tommy DeVito carried the load with four touchdown passes to four receivers. One of those scoring strikes went to Trishton Jackson, who leads the team in receptions (24), receiving yards (393) and touchdown catches (five) - all of which are already career highs for the junior wideout.

ABOUT NORTH CAROLINA STATE (3-2, 0-1): The Wolfpack will go with Bailey Hockman as their starter at quarterback and Devin Leary as their backup with former starter Matthew McKay dropping to third string against Syracuse. Hockman, who was 21-of-40 for 208 yards with a touchdown in relief of McKay against Florida State, could continue to lean on tailbacks Jordan Houston (7.1 yards per carry) and Zonovan Knight (5.4). Larrell Murchison has five sacks - only 15 players in the nation have more - and Chris Ingram has registered two of the team's three interceptions.

EXTRA POINTS

1. DeVito has thrown eight TDs in his last two games after totaling three in the first three outings.

2. N.C. State WR Emeka Emezie has a team-high 28 catches this season, although none of his receptions have gone for more than 19 yards.

3. Syracuse K Andre Szmyt, a preseason All-American, has only attempted five field goals in the first five games and made all five.

Prediction

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Carter Finley Stadium
Raleigh, North Carolina, USA.
Capacity: 57,583

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Last Injuries

NC State Wolfpack

  • Justin Witt

    Undisclosed
    day-to-day | questionable

    Witt has missed the previous two games with an unspecified injury, and it is uncertain if he will be available against Wake Forest on Nov. 2.

  • Ricky Person Jr.

    Leg
    day-to-day | questionable

    Person Jr. was held out of the last two games with a lower-left leg injury, and it is unknown if he will play Nov. 2 against Wake Forest.

  • Nick McCloud

    Knee
    day-to-day | questionable

    McCloud has sat out the previous two games due to a knee injury. It is unknown if he will suit up against Wake Forest on Nov. 2.

  • Taiyon Palmer

    Knee
    out for season | out

    Palmer sustained a knee injury and is expected to miss the remainder of the season.

  • Bailey Hockman

    Knee
    Prob Thurs | probable

    Hockman has a knee injury, but he is expected to be available against Syracuse on Thursday.

Syracuse Orange

  • Trill Williams

    Ankle
    day-to-day | questionable

    Williams left the last game with an ankle injury, leaving his status clouded for the matchup versus FSU on Oct. 26.

  • McKinley Williams

    Foot
    day-to-day | questionable

    Williams is sidelined due to a left foot injury and it is unknown if he will return against FSU on Oct. 26.

  • Steve Linton

    Foot
    day-to-day | questionable

    Linton was absent from the lineup during the previous two games with a foot injury, and it is undetermined if he will draw back into the lineup against FSU on Oct. 26.

  • Tommy Devito

    Upper Body
    day-to-day | questionable

    Devito left the previous game with an upper body, and it is unclear if he will play Oct. 26 versus FSU.

  • David Summers

    Undisclosed
    Out indefinitely | out

    Summers has been sidelined due to an unspecified injury. It is unknown when he will return to the field.

  • Andre Cisco

    Lower Body
    Doub Fri | doubtful

    Cisco has been held out of the past two games due to a lower-body injury and is unlikely to be available Friday versus Pittsburgh.

  • Otto Zaccardo

    Undisclosed
    Ques Fri | questionable

    Zaccardo has sat out the previous three games due to an undefined injury, and it remains to be seen if he will return Friday versus Pittsburgh.

  • Ifeatu Melifonwu

    Lower Body
    Ques Fri | questionable

    Melifonwu missed the last game due a lower-body injury, and it is unknown if he will suit up against Pitt on Friday.

nc-state-wolfpack-football Stats 2019-2020

Passing
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Matthew McKay 4 0 115.846 0 143 83 1 0 0 3 890
Bailey Hockman 3 0 89.480 0 10 7 1 0 0 0 47
Drake Thomas 4 0 .000 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Thayer Thomas 4 0 .000 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 18
Russing
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Zonovan Knight 4 0 269 0 47 3
Ricky Person Jr. 4 0 194 0 43 2
Jordan Houston 4 0 165 0 23 2
Matthew McKay 4 0 68 0 22 4
Keyon Lesane 4 0 47 0 3 0
Receiving
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Emeka Emezie 4 0 252 0 25 0 0
Thayer Thomas 4 0 155 0 13 0 1
Tabari Hines 4 0 151 0 11 0 1
Cary Angeline 3 0 128 0 9 0 2
Ricky Person Jr. 4 0 71 0 6 0 0
Defense
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Chris Ingram 4 0 21 3 0 0 2 0 3 0 0 0
Tanner Ingle 4 0 19 12 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 2
Kishawn Miller 3 0 12 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
Payton Wilson 4 0 11 5 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2
Larrell Murchison 4 0 8 7 0 0 0 0 1 2 10 3
Kicking
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Christopher Dunn 4 0 8 10 41 15 15
Kick Returning
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Keyon Lesane 4 0 7 0 22 136
Fumbles
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Zonovan Knight 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Punting
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Cary Angeline 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Jordan Houston 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Matthew McKay 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7
Ricky Person Jr. 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Tabari Hines 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Punt Returning
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Thayer Thomas 4 0 7 0 76 121
Max Fisher 2 0 1 0 24 24
Tabari Hines 4 0 1 0 9 9
Zonovan Knight 4 0 0 0 8 8

syracuse-orange-football Stats 2019-2020

Passing
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Tommy Devito 4 0 134.676 0 136 87 4 0 0 7 965
Clayton Welch 2 0 .000 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
Taj Harris 4 0 .000 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Russing
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Moe Neal 4 0 281 0 61 3
Abdul Adams 4 0 151 0 43 1
Jarveon Howard 4 0 57 0 18 1
Tommy Devito 4 0 45 0 37 1
Chris Elmore 1 0 1 0 1 0
Receiving
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Trishton Jackson 4 0 335 0 18 0 4
Taj Harris 4 0 163 0 11 0 0
Moe Neal 4 0 158 0 12 0 0
Sean Riley 4 0 117 0 16 0 1
Aaron Hackett 4 0 79 0 10 0 2
Defense
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Lakiem Williams 4 0 15 17 0 0 0 0 0 3 18 4
Christopher Fredrick 4 0 13 3 0 1 1 20 3 0 0 1
Andrew Armstrong 4 0 11 8 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2
Eric Coley 4 0 11 5 0 0 1 7 2 0 0 0
Andre Cisco 3 0 10 9 0 0 2 10 1 0 0 0
Kicking
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Andre Szmyt 4 0 4 4 45 13 12
Kick Returning
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Sean Riley 4 0 7 0 25 125
Nykeim Johnson 3 0 3 0 17 47
Aaron Hackett 4 0 1 0 12 12
Markenzy Pierre 2 0 1 0 27 27
Fumbles
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Abdul Adams 4 0 2 1 0 0 0 0
Moe Neal 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Sean Riley 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Tommy Devito 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Punting
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Aaron Hackett 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Abdul Adams 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Jarveon Howard 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Moe Neal 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
Sean Riley 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Punt Returning
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Sean Riley 4 0 5 0 31 68