H/T to Ethan Hyman (N&O)
On Saturday, NC State was going to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Carter-Finley Stadium. The athletic department had no doubt spent countless time, effort, and a decent amount of money to make sure that the event was done right. And what happens? Hurricane Matthew drops over 6 inches of rain in Raleigh on Saturday. The hurricane turned a day of celebration to a complete downpour. No worries. The football team sent everyone home happy with a 10-3 victory over Notre Dame that wasn’t as close as the score indicated.
Big credit to the Wolfpack football team as they showed up and handled the elements much better than Notre Dame did. No question, Dave Doeren outcoached Brian Kelly. Doeren and his staff realized that with the heavy rain and gusty winds that passing yards would be hard to come by. Running the ball and controlling the line scrimmage was going to be vital to winning the game.
Case in point. Matt Dayes with 126 yards rushing. State outgained the Irish in rushing yards 157-59. State had the ball for 5 more minutes than Notre Dame did. Notre Dame had 3 turnovers and the Wolfpack only had 2 lost fumbles in the downpour.
Coaches always speak of winning the offense, defense, and special teams. Dayes and the offensive line. Check. Chubb, the defensive lineman of the week in the ACC, led the defense. Check. And Pharoah McKever with the biggest play of the game. A blocked punt that turned into a TD that gave the Pack the one BIG play they needed. Check.
Big credit to Wolfpack Nation as they showed up in really impressive numbers for the weather situation that was upon them.
In the end, the 50th anniversary celebration of Carter-Finley gave us a memory that those us who attended, and those that were watching on TV, will never forget. Meeting Notre Dame for the first time in Raleigh was played through a hurricane. Most importantly for the team, the game was a 10-3 victory.
Here are some tweets and pictures from one of the most unforgettable games played at Carter-Finley Stadium:
— Wes Blankenship (@Wes_nship) October 8, 2016
— Sports Recall (@SportsRecall) October 8, 2016
— ESPNU (@ESPNU) October 8, 2016
— The Fanatics View (@thefanaticsview) October 8, 2016