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foose, Of course it can’t all be laid on the FSU lose. I think it’s worthy of note that the team pulled itself together and held Clemson offense to a field goal in the 2nd half. Their defense was playing just as hard and their offense, including Watson for as long as he was in there, was trying it’s best to score again. We weren’t playing well enough to win but what the heck, we were up against one of, if not the best teams in the country.
While disappointed I’m not upset that the things you pointed out may be true. At least we aren’t loaded with 4 and 5 star recruits and played like we did.
If coming off a string of emotional tough games, or even just 2, I would agree with you. But this was just one such game.
For there to be a set up like our losing to FSU there has to be an investment of emotional capital and the ensuing lack of return on investment. Just emotional games multiple emotional loses doesn’t have the same effect.
In 1967 we played Penn State when we were ranked #3 and I don’t know for sure but PSU may have been #1 or 2. Tony Barchuk was stopped trying to score from the 1. He was met by AA LB, Dennis Onkonst (sp), and stopped cold on the 1/2 yard line. We dropped out of the top 5 and lost the following week to — wait for it — Clemson.
We at NC State don’t have a lot of experience in this kind of game. And the most recent Clemson game for sure didn’t rank along side the ’67 game but there had to have been a huge emotional investment in that game.
I hadn’t thought about what you said, “I tend to think that in the mix was an excessive amount in basking in media attention, and taking too much pride in a LOSS.” We do have some growing up to do.
Thanks for weighing in on the conversation. Now where is Mr. DOG? His prediction along with ours stunk up SFN. 😉