Pack/Orange Cowdog Appreciation Day Semi-Live Blog

We will have to see if the action on the field makes things raging.

And yes, it is Cowdog Appreciation Day at Carter-Finley. Rumour is that we might even hear from the man/canine hisself at some point. Stay tuned.

You younger types might have forgotten how NC State single handedly ruined two Donovan McNabb Heisman campaigns, in 1997 and 1998 (I think those dates are accurate). Each time, Syracuse was ranked in the Top Ten. First, we won in the Carrier Dome in amazing fashion. Forced a goalline fumble late in regulation, saving the tie. After Cuse got a quick TD in OT, we got a much harder earned one…then wisely went for two, to Orange confusion. Torry Holt was wide open for the game winner. The next year (I believe on a late-September Thursday night), the Pack mauled an even better Cuse squad in C-F. Just part of the inexplicable roller coaster ride that was the MOC era. And setting the stage for McNabb puking on the field in the Super Bowl.

Nobody is Heisman or Top Ten-worthy today…but maybe we see the electric Brandon Mitchell today. Based on poll results, SFN readers expect a win, but not a cover. Sounds about right to me. Then again, I expected Oklahoma to roll today. Oops.

3:34 – Definitely the smart move to play it safe with Mitchell and roll with Thomas. Big rushing gain on Cuse’s opening play.

3:37 – What crazy thing will Ron Cherry say/call today?

3:38 – Holding call forces Orange to throw, which they seem to do pretty poorly. Time to punt.

3:42 – Mirror image drive from State – one first down, then punt. Thrilling stuff.

4:01 – Syracuse certainly showing more on D than they did hosting the Tiggers. Gonna be a tough slog.

4:05 – Cuse 4th down at State 37. Big play.

4:08 – Timeout, penalty, punt. Anticlimactic. Story of the game so far.

4:20 – First and goal for the Cuse at the 1. Not looking good.

4:28 – Offense finally on the move. At least a bit.

4:30 – I think the cold hard truth of us not being at all good…is sinking in.

4:32 – Stop me if you’ve heard this one before – Wolfpack lining up to punt.

4:34 – Momentum changing roughing the kicker? It’s nice when somebody else is stupid.

4:36 – Yes, Ron Cherry pronounces “interference” as strangely as one would imagine.

4:38 – 4th and 2, Pack going for it. Or maybe just lining up.

4:39 – BOTH teams now out of timeouts with 7 minutes left in the half.

5:23 – Pack in scoring position, can amazingly take the lead as the weather deteriorates.

5:24 – And SHB does the one thing he can’t do – take a sack. 51-yard FG is…way no good. The extra 5 yards is a killer there.

5:26 – Cardinals get runner to 3rd with no outs AGAIN – and halfway to wasting the opportunity AGAIN. 0-0.

5:28 – Crawford noodle arms what should have been no chance deep enough into a sac fly. 1-0 Redbirds.

5:31 – Syracuse avoids a negative play to set up a long, but makeable FG. They do make it…but commit a delay of game. Comedy of errors.

5:33 – Now they punt…which nets 11 yards. This game would be taken out back and shot, if only it were a horse. Or Old Yeller.

5:42 – Puig swings at ball four, with one out and bases f-cked. Woohoo!!!

5:43 – Pack goalline stand while I was watching el beisbol, short FG is good. 10-7 Orange. A win without covering would look like 14-10, folks.

5:44 – Uribe also strikes out, 1-0 after 6. Michael Wacha’s legend grows.

5:48 – I am cool with the pink stuff to promote funds for breast cancer research (except for penalty flags). But can we please quit calling it “awareness?” Who isn’t AWARE at this point?

5:51 – Pack almost to the 30, big third down.

5:52 – Quick snap fake FG doesn’t work. FFS.

5:55 – 10-7 after three. Would not be surprised if it was 10-7 after four. Syracuse will – all together now – punt once again when Q4 starts.

6:01 – Syracuse’s front seven is just teeing off now. Brutal.

6:07 – Tis Syracuse’s turn to punt. Could cut the tension with a spork.

6:09 – Siegrist just gets out of a jam, 1-0 Cards mid-7.

6:11 – No shit – SHB with a 40-yard run, and State in long FG position yet again.

6:13 – MVS falls down on 3rd and 3, short FG for the tie is good. 10-10.

6:18 – Defense looks energized. Cuse QB is putrid.

6:21 – Pack to the Cuse 43 and suddenly the Orange look sluggish.

6:23 – An ugly win is still a win. It would suck to lose to a team playing this bad (each team can feel that way).

6:25 – I was watching baseball again, and somehow Cuse is in the end zone. Fuuuuccccck. Door is open with the bobbled hold on the extra point. 16-10. At least there can’t possibly be overtime in this shitshow. Oh, and Cards need three more outs.

6:29 – 77 yards to “glory.”

6:31 – Three and out, SHB can’t find a hot read, and of course we don’t block anyone.

6:32 – I guess “defensive battle” is the network euphemism since they can’t say “shitshow.”

6:34 – And with that 40+ yard run…ballgame.

6:35 – Your straw-graspy silver lining – it would be awesome to beat the Holes going into the game 0-4 in conference play.

6:37 – TD Orange, they fake the extra point for two. 24-10. Any further live blogging will be of the top of the 9th in SL.

6:44 – Trevor Rosenthal takes the bump.

6:45 – Puig gets fourth strikeout, and acts like a baby as usual. 2 to go.

6:46 – Uribe strikes out. 1 to go.

6:47 – Sad AIDS trombone for Magic, as Rosie Ks Ethier too!!! Cards win 1-0 and head to LA with a 2-0 series lead.

Your Final Score – Syracuse 24, NC State 10.

About BJD95

1995 NC State graduate, sufferer of Les and MOC during my entire student tenure. An equal-opportunity objective critic and analyst of Wolfpack sports.

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304 Responses to Pack/Orange Cowdog Appreciation Day Semi-Live Blog

  1. Wufpacker 10/12/2013 at 3:05 PM #

    Those dates are correct. They would have to be because….

    For the Carrier Dome game, I was in the scenic town of Scranton. The next, the Thursday game, I was already in the desert.

    Great games both.

  2. vtpackfan 10/12/2013 at 3:07 PM #

    Mitchell dressed but not running any drills. Rashard Smith out.

    Good news is that a CowDog appreciation day is epic in its own right.

  3. wufpup76 10/12/2013 at 3:19 PM #

    “First, we won in the Carrier Dome in amazing fashion. “

    ^We were also down two scores with about 10 min left in the 4th in that one (10 or 14 pts). I do remember feeling strangely confident that we had time to come back … lo and behold.

    Was at the Thurs night game in Carter Finley with a ‘Cuse friend … it was hilarious. This after listening to Adam Gold (sorry, Adam) rail for three hours about how State had no shot and how the Pack should just run three times and punt each possession and hope Syracuse made mistakes.

    Those were pretty decent Syracuse teams, but pretty overrated due to McNabb. Notre Dame might’ve been the only team more overrated at the time. Plus, Pasqualoni is (was) clearly not a good head coach.

  4. BJD95 10/12/2013 at 3:24 PM #

    I think it was the same year (98) that we beat TX on the road in the opener, almost solely on blocked punts.

    Other than those two big wins, we pretty much did nothing. Typical MOC season!

  5. wufpup76 10/12/2013 at 3:25 PM #

    I wonder if Georgia fan guy is going to call in to the radio station and start crying again?

    Low blow, I know.

  6. wufpup76 10/12/2013 at 3:26 PM #

    Terrance Holt just blocked another Texas punt.

  7. Wufpacker 10/12/2013 at 3:28 PM #

    I believe you’re again correct about the Tex win on the special teams.

    I know I was out here for that one…not positive it was the first year tho. But I do think it was.

    EDIT – Just checked…Nope, the Tex game was the following year….

  8. wufpup76 10/12/2013 at 3:30 PM #

    I’m enthused that we’ll get to see the first quarter of our game today instead of Ball State kneel-downs.

    Of course, there’s always the patented Fox Sports South loss of signal for an entire half to worry about.

    Wes Durham again. Yay.

  9. wufpup76 10/12/2013 at 3:34 PM #

    Cuse cheerleaders are cute at least

  10. Wufpacker 10/12/2013 at 3:35 PM #

    I agree with your assessment wufpup.

  11. Wufpacker 10/12/2013 at 3:37 PM #

    Woo Hoo…Ron Cherry in da house.

  12. wufpup76 10/12/2013 at 3:38 PM #

    Syracuse, you’ve been Cherry-bombed!

  13. Rick 10/12/2013 at 3:39 PM #

    Given’ em the business

  14. Wufpacker 10/12/2013 at 3:40 PM #

    Geeez Pete, take a little off of it there. Finesse my man…finesse.

  15. wufpup76 10/12/2013 at 3:41 PM #

    Interesting first three plays on offense … first four now

  16. vtpackfan 10/12/2013 at 3:42 PM #

    Just wasting downs.

  17. Rick 10/12/2013 at 3:42 PM #

    Check to the draw play that goes no where.


  18. wufpup76 10/12/2013 at 3:46 PM #

    I dunno, at least they’re trying things I suppose.

    Of course, I’m happy with most stuff that isn’t the classic Noel Mazzone two yard swing pass on every down, including 3rd and long.

    Looks like we’re gonna need to make them attempt to pass the ball.

  19. Wufpacker 10/12/2013 at 3:46 PM #

    Nice hit.

  20. packpowerfan 10/12/2013 at 3:48 PM #

    Salahuddin is one of my favorite names out there period. Live up to the awesomeness man!

  21. Wufpacker 10/12/2013 at 3:49 PM #

    That would be one of those ‘fair catch’ situations. Just saying.

  22. wufpup76 10/12/2013 at 3:53 PM #

    Nice spin to get the first, Cherry

  23. packpowerfan 10/12/2013 at 3:53 PM #

    Hopefully Bra’Lon is related to Ron and we won’t get royally shafted.

  24. Wufpacker 10/12/2013 at 3:54 PM #

    OK, how are opponents NOT seeing the Authoritah coming by now?

  25. Rick 10/12/2013 at 3:54 PM #

    Shereffs right up the middle

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