Wolfpack’s 10-3 victory over Notre Dame – a look back

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.

Multiple websites picked up on how awesome this game was. Deadspin and Fox Sports were two of many.

Here are some tweets and pictures from one of the most unforgettable games played at Carter-Finley Stadium:

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    ruffles31
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    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 do
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    EdMar
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    That was one of the most exciting games that I have seen at Carter (74 Grad). Although it was sloppyad, It felt that every single play could determine the outcome, a slip by a DB, a fumble, a bad punt, even a simple ha

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    EdMar
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    That was one of the most exciting games that I have seen at Carter (74 Grad). Although it was sloppy, It felt that every single play could determine the outcome, a slip by a DB, a fumble, a bad punt, even a simple hand off could end in disaster. Most of the fans stood throughout the game. It was tense and fun. Good job Pack?

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    Since74
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    Out-willed them.
    Out-toughed them.
    Out-coached them.

    Instant classic.

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    mak4dpak
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    A day of the good, the bad, and the ugly. Good win over Notre Dame, bad weather, and ugly sight seeing my car totalled returning home. Thankfully my rental car will get me to Clemson, in great weather.

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    44rules
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    Sorry for that Mac. Makes me feel guilty for watching the game in a bar with some State fans. Some gave all – you gave your car! I hope you and everybody involved is all right.

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