October 29, 2007

Monday morning quarterbacking: UVA

North Carolina State played perhaps its best game of the season last Saturday and defeated previously ranked Virginia 29-24 at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh on homecoming. The Pack earned its first ACC win of the year and in the process snapped the Cavs' seven-game winning streak. Now it's time for some Monday Morning Quarterbacking.

Key moment of the game:

NC State controlled the action for much of the first three quarters, but at the start of the fourth it nearly got away from the Pack. Virginia had taken a 24-23 lead on a five-yard touchdown run by sophomore running back Mikell Simpson with 13:12 left in the game. On the ensuing kickoff senior Chris Gould launched a high short kick by design to the right side of the field. State senior return man Darrell Blackman muffed a running catch attempt, and UVA recovered the loose ball. It seemed like disaster had struck, but behind the play Gould was jumping up and down and not in celebration. He saw a flag and knew what it was for. UVA was offside.

The Cavs had to kick again and State would march down the field before junior quarterback Daniel Evans threw his one and only interception at the 18-yard line. The Pack defense held UVA to just one first down on the next possession. Blackman redeemed himself with a nice 17-yard punt return to the NC State 40, and three passes later Evans connected with sophomore Donald Bowens for a 30-yard touchdown that proved to be the game-winner.

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