The Wolfpack spent much of 2009 losing the football and, as a result, lost a lot of games. North Carolina State ranked 114th in turnover margin in a disappointing 5-7 campaign. This for a team that was darkhorse choice to challenge for the ACC's Atlantic Division title. Tom O'Brien, a consistent winner at Boston College, enters his fourth season at North Carolina State with a 16-21 record. Is he on the hot seat? Not yet, but another tumble will turn up the pressure. The team will need to be at its best during a three-game stretch that begins Sept. 16 with a home game against Cincinnati. A road game follows at Georgia Tech, then a return to Carter-Finley Stadium to play Virginia Tech.
As a run-up to the start of the season, the Wiz will display one
poster each day until our supply is exhausted.
Then we turn it over to readers, who will vote on the poster of the
year. In the meantime, send your team's poster schedule to jayzuma (at)
Last year, the site
displayed 69 posters. This is poster No. 43 for 2010. Thanks to Chris!
North Carolina State trailed Clemson, 24-14, when the Tigers' C.J. Spiller fumbled on this run in the third quarter. The officials ruled that Spiller was down before he lost the ball, but replays showed otherwise.
The replay official upholds the call and two plays afterward, Spiller runs 16 yards for a touchdown to give Clemson a 30-14 lead. The Tigers cruised from that point, winning 43-23.
Dave McBrayer of Barry Melrose Rocks and his buddies took in North Carolina State's homecoming game against Maryland and from the looks of things, they nearly had too much fun. The Wolfpack won, 38-31, and as is custom under Tom O'Brien, are making a late-season run at a bowl game.
The Wolfpack enter 2009 riding a wave of momentum. After a 2-6 start in 2008, North Carolina State ran off four wins in a row in November to secure a berth to the Pizza Bowl, where it lost to Rutgers. Quarterback Russell Wilson was a big reason for the turnaround and the good news is that he's only a sophomore this fall. The Wolfpack play eight home games. Click the image for an enlarged view. Thanks to Chris and Dave.
It has been said that a way to a man's heart is through his stomach. So when somebody got the bright idea in 2006 create the Pizza Bowl, it seemed like a natural.
Face it, there's no better combination than football, pizza and beer.
But they forgot two ingredients at the inaugural event featuring South Florida and East Carolina — pizza and beer. That's right, Papa John's and the vendor couldn't work out a deal before kickoff so no pizza at the Pizza Bowl. And because the Smithfield community around Legion Field in Birmingham is a bit on the tough side, no chain would consider delivering a pie into the stadium.
That didn't go over well, especially when the concession stands ran out of beer early in the game.
Year Two was better. The ESPN-sponsored game featuring Southern Mississippi and Cincinnati drew an "announced" 35,258, and if you were lucky enough, you scored one of those souvenir T-shirts with "Cincinnatti" mis-spelled. But we're happy to report that Year Three of the event had few problems, according to Greg, our correspondent on the scene. Greg filed his usual collection of photos from Sunday night's pep rallies and Monday's game between North Carolina State and Rutgers, so if you dare to experience Pizza Bowl 2008, give a click to see what came down. They even correctly spelled the names of the teams in this year's game.