Ol’ MacDonald Had a Farm.
An improbable touchdown. A long punt return for a score. And a key stop on a 2-point conversion.
Yes, Russell Wilson and North Carolina State did it to North Carolina again.
State won its fourth straight over Carolina today, with a 29-25 win at the picturesque Kenan Stadium. More importantly than the win over its biggest rival, State won its eighth game of the season and will claim the Atlantic Division with a win over Maryland next Saturday.
A few observations:
*That’s not me in the pic above, nor did I take it, but the sheer number of Carolina fans wearing “I Support Butch” t-shirts was astounding. Not only the support, but how many folks are wholly convinced Butch is building a football powerhouse over at The Flagship. Personally, I hope he gets a hefty raise and stays awhile — it’s working out well for us.
*For the record, there are more pines immediately around Carter-Finley than Kenan, yet somehow we never get credit for them.
*Love the all-white road unis, always have. I was trying to think of other teams with white helmets that wear all white on the road: Penn State, Texas, and Tennessee were all I could come up with right off hand. Very sharp look.
*When at Kenan, this game is pretty durn close to being a neutral site for State.
*Any of you that have ever complained about the Carter-Finley restroom lines should spend an afternoon in Kenan. You’ll change your tune.
*I can’t decide which I liked better, the “I am a Tar Heel” videos with Hakeem Nicks and Kendrick Burney, et al, or the ones with Butch Davis extolling the importance of academic integrity to school kids.
*Greg Little was featured on this game’s ticket stub (apparently Marvin Austin was last week). Can’t make this stuff up.
*For all you diehard Carolina fans out there, it’s “Tar Heels” (two words) not Tarheels.
*Lastly, when you’re tailgating in a parking deck, it’s just called “parking.”
ESPN’s Heather Dinich calls it “one of the best games of the season.”
Luke DeCock says it’s not just another game
Which means it was far more than just another game. It was 10 pounds of football in a five-pound bag. Whatever a rivalry game is supposed to have, this had it.
The pivotal play in the game was not only disputed but open to interpretation, and was immediately followed by a scuffle that saw two players ejected.
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Lastly, here are some fantastic candid shots from the postgame.