Saturday, November 6, 2010

Not a good day for Wolfpack as they lose and have to root for Heels to win... and they do

A couple of offensive errors wasted a good defensive effort by N.C. State and the Pack fell at Clemson and then had to cheer on the Tar Heels to a 37-35 victory at Florida State.

N.C. State's Mustafa Greene, who earlier had scored, fumbled on his own 22 and that led to the Tiger's first touchdown. Then, QB Russell Wilson threw an interception in the end zone on third down from the 6. Clemson scored in the fourth quarter to take a 14-13 win.

State needed the Heels, who survived mental errors themselves, to win so the Wolfpack could stay in the chase for the division title.

The Heels trailed at the half 28-21 despite QB T.J. Yates' 67-yard touchdown pass to Dwight Jones. But Carolina controlled the third quarter, outscoring the Seminoles 10-0 to take a 31-28 advantage.

UNC held the lead until a bad snap on a punt and a bad decision by the punter C.J. Feagles. With less than six minutes to go and the Heels up 34-28, senior snapper Mark House hiked it well over Feagles head and it rolled all the way to the three-yard-line where Feagles kicked it through the end zone, thinking it would be a safety. Instead, it was a penalty on him and half the distance to the goal.

FSU went in from the one and a half to take the 35-34 lead.

Carolina, without its top three tailbacks, drove all the way down the field to set up a 22-yard go-ahead kick by Casey Barth.

A short kickoff, combined with a long return by FSU put the Seminoles in position to kick a field goal for the win with seven seconds left. But the 40-yard attempt by Dustin Hopkins sailed right and the Heels won.

It was the first time the Heels have ever won at Florida State. Yates threw for 437 yards to set a single-game UNC record.

UNC and N.C. State have identical 6-3 overall and 3-2 conference records. The Heels are two games behind Virginia Tech in the Coastal Division with two to play while the Wolfpack is only a half game behind Florida State in the Atlantic Division.

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