This week, we have an interesting matchup (bad league foe on the road is a good acid test for a team likely to be on the bowl qualification fence), combined with a dearth of channel flipping options. Thus, you good people get to suffer through at least sort of a live blogging.
The early slate is quite meh (living up to my expectations), so I have nothing clever to say pre-kickoff. See you in 90-ish minutes.
3:07 – I assume (and am prepared to be furious when said assumption is wrong) that FSCR will break away from the Ball State/WaHooWa thriller for our kickoff. Third quarter just ended in HooVille.
3:18 – The Holes are officially dead in the water. Huzzah!
3:33 – Time to switch feeds, fuckwits.
3:38 – Fury has begun, full force.
3:40 – I have seen FSCR cut away to the Holes and Devils on numerous occasions. But not for NC State, when they can show the end of an uncompetitive MAC blowout of an out-of-state team. Total f-ing bullshit.
3:43 – This is how one gets treated in Swoffy’s ACC. One set of rules for the blues, one for everyone else.
3:48 – Per GameTracker, teams have traded touchback punts.
3:52 – 4th and 2 from Wake 35 – we should have gone for it or kicked a FG. QB pooch punt was a weak call.
3:54 – Ball State can run out the clock now. Thank God. But count on a coach interview and a long commercial break. Because we aren’t one of the blues.
3:56 – Oh goodie. We get Wes Durham too.
3:57 – Ridiculous spot and Wake will have a first down inside our 15. Punting is a bad idea in any close situation. Exhibit A.
4:01 – First score of the game is a Wake TD. FFS. Same shit, different year.
4:02 – Do remember that Wake’s defense has struggled even more than its offense. We should score plenty. SHOULD.
4:05 – Possible kickoff return fumble. Nobody saying anything, though I think down by contact. Not looking like our day.
4:09 – Offense on the move. Need to finish this drive. LiveBlog will take a cooking break now.
4:47 – Cooking completed, and Wake has bled a shitton of clock. 7-3, nearing the two minute non-warning.
4:50 – Wake with a silly 14 yard punt. Stupid, now we need to capitalize.
4:52 – Wide open deep throw, perfect by Thomas…and it’s dropped. Flat out dropped. Wake’s front seven is so slow that Thomas is killing them with his LEGS. It’s the only thing that’s working for us.
5:01 – It’s a half full of coaching Karma – we also punish Grobe’s weak punt decision with seven, and it’s 10-7 Pack.
5:02 – Was feeling good until the secondary shat the bed. Ugh.
5:04 – Aaaaaannnnd the game feed goes kaput. Mickey Mouse crap.
5:06 – Per GameTracker…TD pass to Campanaro on 3rd and goal. 6 seconds left. Good Lord.
Your Halftime Score – Wake 14, State 10.
5:26 – In case you were wondering, Clemson murdering Cuse even worse than they did Wake. Miami on the march to take the lead. I think they are really just a rich man’s Maryland – good enough to win 7-8 games against an ACC schedule, but no threat to Clemson or FSU.
5:29 – Now that I can see the replay…Campanaro WAS double covered, but each guy foolishly bit on the double move. Duh, it was third and goal FFS.
5:31 – Smith’s injury is huge – this kind of front seven would be sliced and diced by the jet sweep.
5:35 – What would have been a 60-yard TD to Underwood is just a yard or two overthrown. Ramos’ circus catch is wasted and State will punt.
5:39 – Empty backfield, somehow NOBODY diagnoses the OBVIOUS QB draw.
5:41 – Better late than never I guess.
5:43 – FG is good, lead is seven. But no…we ROUGHED THE FUCKING KICKER.
5:48 – Immediate TD and State is in deep wolfshit.
5:53 – Offense is on the move again. Gonna need at least two TDs.
6:00 – The toss sweep is ineffective, 4th and goal. Kicking the FG, ugh.
6:11 – Now the defense steps up, and the offense fades. Very frustrating. And my kids are fighting over shoes. Fucking shoes. This is my life.
6:13 – ACC football. Still a dumpster fire. 3rd quarter is kaput, 21-13 Wake.
6:17 – Three and out redux. On the bright side…terrific punt.
6:21 – That was NOT a horsecollar. But Campanaro convinces the gullible ref anyway. Again…God, how I hate the ACC.