Miracle in Raleigh

Wow. With the best Hail Mary since Erik Kramer beat USC on an untimed down in 1986, Daniel Evans enters Wolfpack folklore. The kid sure has poise, and can tear up a base defense. He can also read a defense like a 10-year NFL veteran. As long as he doesn’t get killed behind our still-porous offensive line, he could very well save this season.

In the end, the missed extra point, Ryan’s bobbled snap on 3rd and 1, and some questionable end-of-game management (single coverage on Dunlap – with a safety – WTF?) killed the Eagles. They had been living right in close games, and they finally got bit.

The road to the Atlantic Division title now clearly runs through Clemson, South Carolina. But it is without question a free-for-all.

It was also a special night for Johnny Evans. It was special to hear Johnny interview Daniel after his big game. It was amazing to hear how professional Johnny Evans handled himself during the game. Class act, couldn’t be happier for the Evans family.

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87 Responses to Miracle in Raleigh

  1. class of 74 09/24/2006 at 7:43 AM #

    Even before the final two minute drama unfolded I thought this was the best we had played this season. Yes the O-line was weak but the D came back and Daniel Evans gave us just enough balance with a passing threat that I could see the offense eventually become something other than a liability.

    But the effort of the final two minutes when most would just fold was great to witness. The defense making the final two stops on third and fourth down. The final three pass plays with 38 seconds, how can you top that! We were fortunate for sure but that never quit attitude, well that for me was the best part. That and the post game interview between Johnny and Daniel Evans. Great win for us but how special that had to be for that father and son.

    Last night was something you could see the team building back their confidence in all facets. It may, in all likelyhood, have saved this season and kept Chuck off the hot seat with most fans. Now let’s see if Chuck and crew can win the upcoming Amato Bowl a week from Thursday night!

    Congratulations on winning one of the most memorable games played in CF.

  2. noah 09/24/2006 at 8:03 AM #

    I can’t believe I turned the game off after the interception. I didn’t see any of the last three minutes. Happened to log on here and saw something about a fumbled snap and went back just in time to see replays of the last play of the game.

    It does feeel like the slate has been cleaned and maybe we can build something off this game. What’s with all the bitching about coaching???

    With our OL playing as horribly as it has and with us getting the ball to start the second half, it makes sense just to go into the half and play conservatively. The defense was playing great and the OL had been incredibly shaky all night.

    I’m sure someone will complain about Trestman, but I thought he put together a great gameplan for tonight. We just have to demand better performances from our tackles than we got for about 65 percent of the game.

    On one drive, we managed to get down to the 35 yard line and on a third and three (or so), Andre Brown got nailed for a huge loss that ended up knocking us out of FG range. We ended up lining up for a FG and then trying a quick kick (that rolled into the endzone, capping the futility of the drive). On the replay, James Newby failed to land a single hand on a single defender. Both the DE and the linebacker on his side just sprinted in unmolested and nailed Brown for the huge loss.

    That is the kinda shit we need to be complaining about….not some mythical problems with the coaching.

  3. BJD95 09/24/2006 at 8:14 AM #

    I have no problem with Trestman’s gameplan last night. Based on how the game was playing out, it was absolutely the right way to do it. It kept us in a position to win, and even though it took a succession of near miracles to do it…we did indeed do it.

    It was ridiculous to actually kick the PAT. 1 or 2 point lead – what’s the difference?

    A key play in my mind was BC foolishly making the INT on the next-to-last drive. That cost BC a good 8 yards, which would have changed the calculus on the 4th down call, or at least put us back 8 more yards for the last drive.

    The road to the title goes through Clemson b/c they played games on the road at both BC and FSU already, and only have one (pretty fluky) loss. And based on the way they’ve played, I think they’re clearly the best team in the league right now.

    We need to take this win and be motivated to keep playing better, and most definitely NOT stick our chests out and act like we’ve already climbed the mountain. The team’s attitude will determine how the rest of the season unfolds, IMHO.

  4. class of 74 09/24/2006 at 8:26 AM #

    ^Totally agree. Clemson had to be smiling after last night. We smoothed their path to a ACC championship game but who knows this year. No 800 pound gorillas in the conference based on play to this point.

  5. VaWolf82 09/24/2006 at 8:26 AM #

    what the Hell was Chuck “the Chest� thinking by not calling a timeout towards the end of the first half. We have timeouts for a reason

    Come on…..State fans have to be smarter than the idiot announcers…..don’t they?

    – New QB
    – Bad OL
    – Very little offensive production
    – State was going to receive the ball at the start of the 2nd half
    – Down only 3-9

    There was absolutely no way that Amato was going to try to move the length of the field in under a minute under those conditions.

  6. VaWolf82 09/24/2006 at 8:31 AM #

    Note to self. Don’t start lines with “-” unless you want them to look like that ^.

  7. vtpackfan 09/24/2006 at 8:38 AM #

    A super team performance. Gut checks for guys like Davis (gametime decisison and out since ASU) and Tyler (obvious distractions from on and off field problems). The defence played great at times and did the rest of it adequately without arm tackling. Brown showed why he should be considered one of the best TBs in college (especially with what he has for blocking 75% of time). DE got more and more comfortable in the pocket each time out there, and Trestman gave him enough leash to see the coverage and read the lanes during the game to make that last miracle drive possible. Given some more time to adjust and a sol;id effort from the OL each game here on, I think we could see plays from DE to Dunlop that remind some of an early PR to K-Rob. Agree with above post that the INT was caused by #83 not running a receiving route (But I can’t blame him totally since our offensive strategy doesn’t ever get the TE involved).
    Florida State will not come at us in a base system and they will not give up so many broken tackles so lets celebrate this awesome victory and hope that its a game that sets the tone for playing more confident and holds players accountable for doing there job.
    Good SL interview on sidelines, short and sweet w’ Dr. Jerry Punch.
    How ’bout the flick play to 83 to get the first down in the 3rd qtr. Very Phillipesque (on the replay it looked amazing how he arced it over BC DL and into receivers hands).

  8. Woof Wolf 09/24/2006 at 8:44 AM #

    That was fun.

  9. BJD95 09/24/2006 at 9:02 AM #

    The “flick” play was (as I told my wife when we saw it) the best pure QB play we had seen since Rivers left. The level of field awareness was nothing short of outstanding.

    It would be nice if DE was a little bigger, or had a stronger arm. But there’s a whole helluva lot to like about how he plays. He sort of remnds me of Major Applewhite.

    THAT SAID, Boston College was a weak defensive team, and we only scored 10 points on them before the miracle drive. We MUST get better play from the OL if we want to make 5-3 or better in ACC play (the threshhold for success, IMHO). Every game is winnable, except for probably Clemson.

  10. class of 74 09/24/2006 at 9:18 AM #

    Absolutely must find a way to put 21+ points on the board to win most games.
    We were fortunate and the D stepped up at the end to give us the shot at a win.

  11. redfred2 09/24/2006 at 9:19 AM #

    I know, I know, I was wrapped up in the State game, I wasn’t paying attention and thought the announcer said it was a final score on Notre Dame. Oh well, still one hell of a day!

  12. WolfPup35 09/24/2006 at 9:24 AM #

    I would like to say to those who left the stadium after Daniel threw the 4th quarter INT, oh ye of little faith!! Like the post above says….remember Kramer in ’86!! I sit in the end zone section (319) that was once the site of the fieldhouse, and could see a lot of people in the parking lot, but one group in particular. When Daniel threw the game winning TD…I glanced over to that group and saw about 10 people with looks of “what the hell did I miss?” and there were actually people outside the stadium as I was leaving asking “what happened, who won??” my reply….watch sportscenter when you get home. NEVER, EVER LEAVE UNTIL THE CLOCK READS 0:00, YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT YOU’RE GONNA MISS!! Way to go men, I knew you had that in you!! GO WOLFPACK!!!

  13. redfred2 09/24/2006 at 10:14 AM #

    ^BC kept going left early on and there were a lot plays on that side where I thought BC would run forever in the secondary, but somehow the only player in the way somehow stopped the play time after time. Ryan was a killer until late when Tank Tyler finally started to get some pressure up the middle.

    What? Spit on someone?…he would never do that. Seriously though, it sounded as if he was ashamed and said it was not intentional. Sounds like he apologized and wanted to make amends. HE DID…I’m glad…and he made all the difference late.

    Great strike on the sideline route just over the linebackers to move the chains and stop the clock keeping the final drive alive. And the pass at the end was, well, what can you say!!! But that toss pass up field for the first down showed me more about what kind of player Evans is than all of the others. That play may not look much when taken out of context, but was an unconventional and heady play under all sorts of pressure.

    Coaches can’t teach that.

  14. drhammondo 09/24/2006 at 10:16 AM #

    Re: Chuck’s lack of a timeout…

    I understand his not calling one. But when he was interviewed at the end of the half, he said that he didn’t call it because he didn’t want to give Matt Ryan “anymore at bats”. He wouldn’t have been giving Ryan an “at bat” because it was fourth and seven. So the problem is that you and I know why he SHOULDN’T have called a timeout (not wanting to take risks with DE at the helm), but the reason why he DIDN’T call one is because he really was not on top of what the game situation was. Frustration with them is compounded, at least for me, by his stupidly challenging the spot of the ball on the punt in the 3rd quarter.

    The truth is, our PLAYERS gutted out this win (especially what had to be an exhausted defense) in spite of some of the truly bad game-management decisions by our coaches.

  15. cfpack03 09/24/2006 at 10:27 AM #

    honestly, why are you guys even listening to the announcers on espn2? Mute the tv and flip on wolfpack radio. The e2 color guy was terrible; he’d pick out one minor coaching decision, like the no TO decision, then harp on it through the next quarter like there’s no contrary arguement. At the very least, form your own opinions about the game instead of brainlessly accepting what they say.
    Anyway, enough about that. An incredible game! Its all been said above already so I’ll refrain. The poise and clarity Evans appears to have is so, so promising. I’ve missed that but now we have it back!

    Does anyone know if post-game interview archives are available from WPR?! I had to cut it short and missed them. Did I see something there about Johnny Evans interviewing Daniel?

  16. Wulfpack 09/24/2006 at 10:29 AM #

    Totally amazing how one play can potentially change an entire season. I’m thrilled we have new life and I’m dead serious about this, as bad as we’ve been, we could be playing in the ACC Championship game. How about that for a turnaround? FSU, Clemson, Wake…here we come!

    Oh, and about all that hot seat talk….I think it’s safe to say Chuck’s clearly a whole lot cooler today than Bunting. Just wanted to make that clear. Let’s keep this thing going!!!!!!

  17. johnny 09/24/2006 at 10:32 AM #

    Great win. Reminds of the win over South Carolina several years ago.
    Interesting that Amato said he see’s alot of rivers in evens. Beat FSU!!

  18. WolfPup35 09/24/2006 at 10:47 AM #

    The Rivers CTC sees in Evans is very simple to explain….NEVER QUIT!
    I remember the bowl game against Minnesota….down HUGE at halftime,
    most people giving up…Rivers leading the offense like a 5th yr. senior….WOLFPACK VICTORY!

    Compare the bowl vs. Minn to the BC game…down 5, 38 seconds left to play…no timeouts…NO PROBLEM!!
    Way to go….Beat FSU….again!!!

  19. WolfPup35 09/24/2006 at 11:10 AM #

    About the hot seat chatter, as I stated before, Bunting will be out AFTER the end of year loss to the mighty Duke Blue Devils…it’s the ONLY time I will pull for a DU win. People will say..enough is enough. Remember, you can’t say UNCLE without UNC!! 🙂

  20. BLUE SUCKS 09/24/2006 at 11:44 AM #

    Re: Mute the mindless, point-less ESPN2 announcers …

    Amen CFPACK! While watching a televised State game, how can anyone put up with weak, C-grade commentators?

    Once they’ve called us “North Carolina”, name-dropped “Tobacco Road” or botched the name of our city by calling it Raleigh-Durham, they are OUT of substantive material

    You can’t beat the “home-cooking” on PTF

    Note: I will admit, though … when State fraps-up on the Holes, I like to switch over to Woody. The only thing better than listening to Woody (without a woody) is tuning-in to listen to the Holes’ post-game call-in show. The whining, bitching and moaning never fails to entertain.

  21. redfred2 09/24/2006 at 11:44 AM #

    I would have been satisfied with the much better played game and a loss to BC, but it instead turned out to an unbelievable, last second, by an unlikely hero, and huge win for the Wolfpack football team.

    I don’t quite how to put this and don’t want to offend anyone else with another of my comments, but can we please just feather back on the overall expectations. The program just took a great step forward and things looked better all the way around, with the exception of a few, and already noted, questionable decisions coming from the sidelines.

    But let’s please, stop adding the burden of an ACC championship into the mix right now. This was one great game, with a bunch of positive steps heading in the right direction, hopefully there will be many more to follow. Please don’t allow much needed progress to go by unnoticed while setting the bar so high that it blurs the view. Just look for bright spots and take the games one at a time. We just showed the very first signs of some potential on Saturday. This could possibly be this year, who knows? Or maybe next year? But we’re not quite “in the hunt” for anything at the moment. At this point the weight of those unnecesary expectations can block the view of any real progress that the team, and the coaching staff, are making for the future.

  22. graywolf 09/24/2006 at 12:08 PM #

    A few points and questions:
    1. great win and I love the thrill of winning at the end on the last play from scrimmage, but still too many penalties on the OL.
    2. Does Chuck really know talent? Greico was the most talented quaterback during the spring game and he left over the summer. Stone keeps playing and we keep losing and finally due to desperation Chuck allows Evans to play and we win a game. Am I looking at this picture wrong?
    3. Special teams need work. Punting
    4, Evans has the drive and knowledge to win just like Rivers. I think he improves over time and becomes a really good QB.

  23. drhammondo 09/24/2006 at 12:08 PM #

    Good call redfred…

    As much as I would love to dream big about an ACC Championship, we still have the ‘Noles coming in to town in 11 days. And despite the fact that they are having a down year, they still have an incredible group of athletes. We need to work on shoring up some mistakes both on the field and the sidelines, and look forward to what should be a very exciting game (especially if both teams cut out the sloppy play that has plagued them this season).

    Right now, we should be happy with a GREAT win. And happy to be back on track, maybe not on track to an ACC Championship, but on track to a solid season!

  24. Wolfpack4ever 09/24/2006 at 12:15 PM #

    Don’t know which I enjoyed more, watching the game live TO THE END, listening to the post game on the radio or watching the highlights on DVR after I got home.

    Re: Chuck’s lack of a timeout…

    What does 4th and 7 got to do with not giving Ryan more at bats? They punt, we throw a desperation pass trying to do something we hadn’t done all game and BC gets an INT and the ball back in good field position… It happens. Do you REALLY think Chuck should have SAID he didn’t trust his OL and/or his QB to move the ball sufficiently well to score in that short a time?

    I don’t understand some calls — run up the middle on 1st down with 3+ minutes to play down by 5 points — and I don’t expect an honest answer that might reveal something to an opponent either. But if Brown had broken a run for a TD because the coaches saw something I didn’t see, I would think Trestman was a genious.

    For all the bonehead coaching that WE think Chuck did, he keep the team believing in themselves. He also knows his players like we don’t know them. Did Tank “refuse” to shake hands like the biased SMU announcer said or did he do something else that wasn’t a “refusal” but was in Tank’s world, the same as shaking hands. The handshake as we know it, is a culteral event. Were the officials “looking” to find Tank doing something “wrong”? If he was talking trash or responding to trash talk, it is entirely possible that spittle could come flying out of his mouth by accident. It’s happened to me –both ways. (Of course the SMU OL wouldn’t be taunting our DL after they man-handled them, now would they?)

    “Rip ’em up! Tear ’em up! Give ’em hell, State!!”

  25. drhammondo 09/24/2006 at 12:34 PM #

    If Chuck’s intent was to not risk a turnover, then he should have said that they wanted to go into the locker room, make some adjustments, and come out and play better in the second half.

    I’m not saying that he should have taken a timeout–nor have I claimed that at any point prior. He just didn’t seem to have a full-grasp of the game situation, and that was not the first time that he has seemed to not take all of the factors into account.

    Yes, I understand that the purpose of many of Chuck, and Trestman’s, calls or no-calls was to keep us in the game. But it seems to me that the players are what helped us WIN the game, in spite of some coaching errors.

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