State beats Carolina 29-25! [Updated 10:05pm with videos, broom picture]

Ol’ MacDonald Had a Farm.

( Celebration Video) Recap

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.”

Quick Links:

ESPN Box Score

ESPN Highlights Video

ESPN’s Heather Dinich calls it “one of the best games of the season.” Game Notes

N&O Recap

Caulton Tudor: Wilson to Searcy to Spencer is “Rivalry Lore”

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. Recap Photo Gallery

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Lastly, here are some fantastic candid shots from the postgame.

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61 Responses to State beats Carolina 29-25! [Updated 10:05pm with videos, broom picture]

  1. 1.21 Jigawatts 11/20/2010 at 9:08 PM #

    It’s just another game huh tar holes??

    “That’s the story of our season so far,” said North Carolina cornerback Kendric Burney, who single-handedly stopped N.C. State on first-and second-and-goal. “We just had a little bad luck, and Russell made a great play. A tipped ball that goes into a receiver’s hands isn’t going to happen much, and you just have to give them credit for executing that lucky play.”


    “Those kind of plays change games,” said UNC cornerback Deunta Williams. “That play definitely did … [State] would have packed it in.””

    Davis, now 0-4 in the series, credited State for making the play. But Davis said Wilson should have been flagged for intentional grounding on an earlier play in the drive.

    “But on that tip play, I’ve got the worst seat of anybody to be able to see it,” Davis said.

    “There were all kinds of discussions – who tipped it first, was the guy out of bounds, should it have been a dead ball … I’m more disappointed on the play previous to that. That should have been probably intention grounding, [then] that [touchdown] play never happens.”

    State’s previous play actually was a run for one yard, but Wilson did throw incompletions on first and second downs from inside the five.”

  2. BJD95 11/20/2010 at 9:11 PM #

    Pine equality! Out of the closet and into the streets!!!

  3. McCallum 11/20/2010 at 9:15 PM #

    Boys this is the 5th year in a row I have refused to watch the game. Five years ago because I knew Amato had to go and the other four simply because I get too hateful watching State play.

    So another day splitting wood and the world’s worst case of narcissism lasts another year.


  4. Sweet jumper 11/20/2010 at 9:23 PM #

    I saw Riggin knee Spencer in the upper chest/neck and then step on Spencer’s helmet/facemask. Then he threw a punch at Jarvis Williams. However, I cannot see what Jarvis did on the replay to warrant penalty or ejection. Did anyone see what happened?

  5. Wulfpack 11/20/2010 at 9:28 PM #

    Watching these games is really not good for my health. My wife had to throw me out to cool down after we got down 9. Things weren’t looking good. Then “the play”. I thought it was incomplete and said “ball game”. Then they call it a TD, miraculousy. State fans often say everything goes against us. I’ve said it many times before. But that was a gift from God. We don’t win without that play. Justice was served from a higher power. And next week I’ll be as amped up as ever.

  6. tootallorder 11/20/2010 at 9:28 PM #

    “Boys this is the 5th year in a row I have refused to watch the game. Five years ago because I knew Amato had to go and the other four simply because I get too hateful watching State play.

    So another day splitting wood and the world’s worst case of narcissism lasts another year.


    Well, you’ve already got your Saturday planned for next year’s UNC-CH game. Please continue the tradition.

  7. redterror16 11/20/2010 at 9:34 PM #

    There are 12 games in the season. How can Butch be responsible for all of them

  8. GoldenChain 11/20/2010 at 9:35 PM #

    I had to leave the house and listen on the radio while I drove around.

    Some notes:
    411 yds passing by Yates yet 404 TOTAL YARDS.

    7 sacks by State for 55 yds, Gary and Johnny said a couple times it looked like the linemen let the defense come unabaited at Yates.

    Oh, and our leading rusher: Wilson with 58 yards on 10 carries.

  9. rockpile 11/20/2010 at 9:41 PM #

    i dont know what jarvis did either. i was hoping that part of the length of the review was looking at the altercation. apparently not. hopefully, jarvis will not be suspended for swinging an elbow or this will be looked at again by the acc.

  10. NCSU@UNCG 11/20/2010 at 9:50 PM #

    Why in the world Moose doesnt get more touches is beyond me… The kid makes play after play. He made a UNX LB (I believe Carter) look silly, juked him and pushed him to the ground and got the first down. Only 6 carries though and those came late. It was an awesome day, UNC didn’t get the home cooking from the zebras they are used to. It wasn’t pretty today but we stay in control of our destiny in the Atlantic and more importantly we served up a nice dish of justice. My TOB outlook brightens every year after we beat the holes, keep it up.

  11. Sweet jumper 11/20/2010 at 10:04 PM #

    They have a replay on WRAL that shows Jarvis get in Riggin’s face and taunt him after the ref signaled the TD. Then Riggin pushed and punched Williams.
    Great interviews by RW, Nate, Spencer and TJG on WRAL. TOB also gave a good interview
    WRAL also has a video of a player who was in street clothes with a broom sweeping in corner of the end zone and yelling, “we swept ’em baby” over and over. Hilarious!

  12. Primewolf 11/20/2010 at 10:10 PM #

    Sat in a sea of baby blue on the heavy givers side.

    got more respect than 4 years ago.

    We were manhandled at the line.

    Our play calling was atrodcious until the 4th qtr.

    We were lucky and the guy above us all was key.

    I don’t understand how they run the screen for 200 yards on 5 plays.

    Please work on that this week.

    for the life of me I don’t see how we beat them. They were bigger, quicker, stronger, faster, it was obvious.

    we play them 10 times, we lose 6.

    Even if they get 2 years of sanctions, it won’t slow them down. they have some serious athletes.

  13. Sweet jumper 11/20/2010 at 10:10 PM #

    Sorry, Reddick not Riggin. I must give credit where credit is due!

  14. BJD95 11/20/2010 at 10:23 PM #

    For the record, I changed my shirt, pants, and socks at halftime.

    You’re welcome.

  15. Wulfpack 11/20/2010 at 10:25 PM #

    Maryland is a damn good football team, boys. Win or lose tonight, theyv are going to be a very tough out.

  16. 1.21 Jigawatts 11/20/2010 at 10:27 PM #

    When I stopped watching the game on the big screen and went to the bedroom we played great.

    Just doing my part.

  17. BJD95 11/20/2010 at 10:34 PM #

    Is anyone else like me this way? I really don’t give two shits about winning the OB. I just want the ACC title. Like the old manager dude in “The Natural” wanted his pennant.

    I could die happy. Totally.

  18. Gowolves 11/20/2010 at 10:34 PM #

    Da*mn these people post like we lost! WTF Primewolf no disrespect I was wat the game to and at times they had their way. We did to! Negative 7 rushing yards! 7 sacks, 6 coming in the second half. Held them without a TD until the last minute. Yes they have athletes but don’t act we have to say sorry for winning! That pisses me off!

  19. Texpack 11/20/2010 at 10:41 PM #

    I ran a half marathon this morning and my Race Bib # was 777. That is where the luck came from. I knew it would be a good day.

    Just a total team effort. The defense getting sacks on Yates in the 2nd half, the Spencer TD, and of course the TJ punt return. Since I had to watch the game via internet, the feed naturally froze just as TJ looked like he was going to break it up the sideline. It was a long five seconds waiting for the feed to unfreeze, but it was well worth it.

    Win next week and the win today means even more.

  20. albunde6 11/20/2010 at 11:04 PM #

    Could not watch, heart can not take it. Want to know what Williams did to get ejected? Will he miss the game at Maryland?

  21. Packster 11/20/2010 at 11:09 PM #

    F’ing Awesome! I am looking forward to seeing us put it on the Hoyas Sunday night too!

  22. Stillastatefan 11/20/2010 at 11:10 PM #

    I watched the video of the altercation b/w Javis and Reddick on WTVD on the 6 o’clock news. I don’t see it on their website right now, but perhaps they’ll reshow it at 11. It appeared to me that Jarvis saw Reddick knee Spencer in the face. Jarvis first went to the ref then turned and got in Reddick’s face. Reddick pushed him then punched him. Jarvis jumped back at Reddick and might have swung back. It was tough to tell.

  23. Stillastatefan 11/20/2010 at 11:16 PM #

    I found the video on WTVD’s website. It’s at:

    The footage of the altercation is early.

  24. BJD95 11/20/2010 at 11:16 PM #

    Bobby Petrino is a wuss. Why would you ever play for a 40-yard FG like it’s automatic? Especially in college??

  25. fmack 11/20/2010 at 11:34 PM #

    I’ve got to take issue with some of you that is taking credit for our win. It was all me baby! It was the Mossimo parka.
    I made sure that I found my black parka that I kept in my hand during the FSU game. When it came down to the last play at CF I had my parka.
    When we went down to death-valley I couldn’t find my parka I looked desperately for it.
    I made sure I found it and squeezed it tight for this game.
    Yeah, yeah I know a “parka” yeah well I thought it was going to rain during the FSU game so I carried it and it seemed that every time I squeezed it on a critical play, the play went our way – well you can guess now I have a new good luck charm; the black parka.
    My granddaughter laughed at me and asked what I was doing holding a parka and standing like I was on the side-line at the game itself while looking at the TV. Well it’s just too much to explain to a 10 year old.
    Tarkanian had his towel, I have my parka. Hope it works for the rest of the year.
    GO PACK!!!

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