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COLLEGE REPORT
William F. Reed
October 07, 1991
The Defense Rests
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October 07, 1991

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RECEIVING

PLAYER

CATCHES

YARDS

AVG.

TDs

Q. Ismail

17

364

21.4

2

R. Ismail

10

120

12.0

0

Brown

15

328

21.9

2

KICKOFF RETURNS

PLAYER

NUMBER

YARDS

AVG.

TDs

Q. Ismail

6

154

25.7

0

R. Ismail

3

52

17.3

0

Brown

9

162

18.0

0

ALL-PURPOSE YARDS

PLAYER

PLAYS

YARDS

AVG.

TDs

Q. Ismail

26

603

23.2

4

R. Ismail

30

370

12.3

1

Brown

54

731

13.5

4

The Defense Rests

The perfect ending to North Carolina State's marvelous defensive effort in a 24-7 defeat of North Carolina last Saturday came when Wolfpack cornerback Sebastian Savage made an interception and returned it 99 yards for a touchdown with four seconds remaining. Afterward, Sebastian had some, ah, savage words for those who had been suggesting that the Tar Heels were on the brink of becoming the No. 1 team in the state and up-and-coming contenders in the ACC.

"People say they beat us every year in recruiting," Savage said. "They've been saying that since my freshman year in 1988. Well, if they are out-recruiting us, what are they doing with those players?"

O.K., Sebastian, we hear you. We had North Carolina rated 20th in our preseason poll (State was unranked), though we weren't the only ones seduced by the Tar Heels' rise from back-to-back 1-10 seasons to 6-4-1 last year. But now it's obvious that the Heels have a way to go. For the fourth straight year, the Wolfpack earned howling rights over its archrival. It did so without leading tackier Billy Ray Haynes, who injured his right ankle in the first quarter, and quarterback Terry Jordan, who suffered a season-ending broken left arm in the second quarter.

Much credit goes to Jordan's backup, redshirt freshman Geoff Bender, who said after the game, "Just going on the field gave mc goose bumps." But Bender was poised enough. On his third play from scrimmage he called an audible and hit Hanker Eddie Goines with a 27-yard touchdown pass to give the Wolfpack a 10-0 lead. For the day, Bender completed four of 10 throws, including a second TD pass for 35 yards.

The Wolfpack's defense, which gave up its first touchdown of the season in the second half, repeatedly bailed out the offense in the final quarter, holding the Tar Heels scoreless after State fumbled twice. Even without Haynes, the Wolfpack allowed the Heels only 33 yards rushing while registering five sacks. "We didn't establish anything offensively," said Tar Heel coach Mack Brown, who was so upset with quarterback Chuckie Burnette that he might replace him with highly acclaimed freshman Mike Thomas.

The Wolfpack won't be able to preen for long, though. This Saturday, N.C. State plays host to a frustrated Georgia Tech team that lost a 9-7 heartbreaker last Saturday at Clemson.

The Rocket's Wake

One of the reasons Syracuse will take a 4-0 record into Saturday's game against—shudder—Florida State in Tallahassee is the play of junior wide receiver Qadry (the Missile) Ismail, who is filling the charisma gap that was created in college ball when his older brother, Raghib (the Rocket) Ismail, bypassed his senior year at Notre Dame to accept a zillion bucks to play in the Canadian Football League.

In Syracuse's 24-0 win over Tulane last Saturday, Qadry (pronounced KAH-dree) scored on a 45-yard reverse and on a 64-yard reception of a pass from Marvin Graves. A week earlier, in the Orange's 38-21 upset of Florida, Ismail caught six passes for 95 yards, including a 36-yarder for a TD. "Qadry is doing an excellent job," said rookie Syracuse coach Paul Pasqualoni. "He is focusing on 'catch the ball, and good things will happen.' "

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