Thoughts & Observations:
*THE University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill sure isn’t acting like The Flagship it’s supposed to be, especially after losing (again) to lowly Moo U, which does little more for the Old North State than produce diploma-less farmers (but rest easy, the Carolina Way is as reliable as ever).
*Old MacDonald had a farm. E-I-E-I-O. That’s always been my favorite song — for the younger among you, the band plays that only after wins — and it especially sounds great after Old MacDonald slaughters his sheep.
*The D looked incredible and the running game was obviously dominant, but I didn’t think we’d see opposing QBs play as collectively bad as Glennon, Renner and Hanson again for a long time. In fact, it only took about four hours, when #1 LSU played #2 Alabama. That was awful.
*I’m curious when was the last time State was shutout and followed it by a shutout of its own. Anyone know?
WV Wolf Edit: It looks like 1963, lost to Florida St 14-0 then beat Wake Forest 42-0 the next game
*I love the way we’re marketing ourselves now with the “State” branding. From the “Graduating…it’s a State thing” (with Philip the Great) to “Welcome to Our State,” it seems like this administration is doing what its predecessors were always too incapable or unwilling to do: let this great fan base market itself, to itself, the way it sees itself (rather than the way some marketing group thinks it should be seen). Woodson and Yow certainly deserve credit for the shifting culture.
*TOB has never lost to the state’s preeminent program, and if he can get this team to 7-5 (and a probable bowl in either Charlotte or even Nashville), then his seat would cool down. The problem is, we absolutely play Carolina tougher than everyone else, and TOB has never won an Atlantic Division road game, and that’s a problem that needs to be corrected immediately, as next week’s game in Chestnut Hill is a must-win.
*During the Virginia game, my buddy commented that compared to TOB, most of us are emotional trainwrecks. Well, Withers’ moronic comments this week apparently jostled TOB’s usually-stoic emotions, because reports say he was visibly shaking while responding with his “triple play” comments after practice the other other day. And then in the postgame, TOB admitted “I’m certainly going to enjoy this one.”
Joe Ovies (one of the few who picked State to win) says the motivation from Withers worked…for State (WRAL).
“I guess we’re the farmers and they are the educated people?” asked [Audie] Cole. “Whatever. Either way, we won, and the farmers will be happy going to work on Monday.”
Box Score (GoPack).
Caulton Tudor says this win may keep TOB off “shaky turf” (N&O).
Game photos (N&O).
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