The Clemson Tigers take the field tonight in the Chick-Fil-A bowl in what I think will be the ACC’s ‘defining’ bowl game of 2007. The Tigers game tonight against Auburn will only count as one game – the conference is currently a respectable 2-1 in bowls thusfar – but the magnitude of this battle with the SEC will ‘count’ more in most people’s minds than just one game.
With this said, we have posted a video to help ring in the New Year and hopefully to serve as a harbinger for a 2008 bowl appearance for Tom O’Brien’s Wolfpack!
For many fans, certain games in a program’s history ring louder and more important than others. Furthermore, many fans can identify certain plays that also seem to have significantly more meaning than others.
Any Wolfpack fan alive in 1986 experienced quite a few unforgettable games and moments – including a program defining win over Clemson and a gut-wrenching defeat at the hands of an unethical Bill Dooley in the Peach Bowl. Since those Clemson Tigers are in (what used to be) the Peach Bowl tonight, then the play in the video provided is relevant and worth sharing. it is easily one the biggest and most significant plays in many NC State fans’ memories.
While you are walking down memory lane…then please do not overlook this fantastic link.
Other than the Wolfpack’s thrilling 35-34 win in Chapel Hill in 1986, NC State’s 27-3 throttling of Clemson on CBS was the other ‘best’ game of that season. Considering Clemson’s place amongst college football’s powerhouses at that time, the Pack’s win over the Tigers was bigger for the program than any win that season and will forever live as one of the greatest wins in NC State history for fans of my ‘longitude and latitude.’
Personally, this game has particularly special place in my heart as it was one of the first live games I ever attended with my father – and definitely the first “big game” I ever attended.
I’ll never forget the rain. I’ll never forget the crowd. I’ll never forget the big red horn that I blew for hours (before noise makers were banned). I’ll never forget Haywood Jefferies’ reverse. I’ll never forget getting hom and watching my video tape of the game – that I still have today – and thinking that it was just as awesome on television as it was in person because of so many of the compliments that the CBS crew gave our rising program.