Football: Keys to the Norfolk State game

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Stretch the field
Against VMI, senior quarterback Jake Phillips relied predominantly on short routes to move his offense. While this strategy worked against the Keydets, tomorrow will be a different story. In the first half, the College must take shots down the field to stretch the Spartans’ defense and provide running room for the Tribe backs.

Protect the football
In 2008, the Tribe has turned the ball over four times in each contest. The offense got away with that lack of ball control against VMI, but at N.C. State it cost them the game. Norfolk State will be similar: If the Tribe turns the ball over another four times, it will have absolutely no shot against an unforgiving Spartan defense.

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