As you’ve noticed by now I took a few days off from the blog. It took me that long to get over the Virginia Tech debacle. Ok, not really. I was up in Minnesota for a few days touring some generator plants and attending some Oktoberfest festivals. Tough life, but somebody’s got to do it. By the way, I’m now a two time Hammerschlagen champion. The trip did offer a nice reprieve from hearing/reading about another wasted opportunity for NC State football to make a splash on the college football national scene.
I said all last week to anybody that wanted to listen to me that the Virginia Tech game is “the” game that NC State loses every time. We had lots of momentum, fan excitement at its peak, a Top 25 ranking, a high profile opponent, and a sold out Carter-Finley Stadium (58,083 … 3rd largest attendance of all-time). Even though I worried all week, when the Pack raced out to a 17-0 lead those thoughts quickly vanished. Then just as quickly Tyrod Taylor broke that long 71 yard run late in the 2nd quarter to set up Tech’s first touchdown and Russell Wilson followed it up with an interception in the endzone right before the half.
With the Pack clinging to a 17-7 halftime lead after dominating most of the first half I could feel it coming. Then David Wilson returned the second half kickoff for a touchdown and it felt like a foregone conclusion. We had numerous chances to finish off a win, including having the lead with 4:42 left in the game, and every time we gave it away. This is why Frank Beamer is the best coach in the ACC (now that Bobby Bowden has retired, of course). It’s also why the Boston College fans didn’t lose any sleep when TOB decided to bring his talents down South to Raleigh. Okay the talents part may be debatable, but I’ve been trying to work in a LeBron reference and finally found the opportunity. With the loss the TOB-O-METER currently stands at: