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We need more CFB games like NC State-ECU and UNC-App State

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NC State head coach Dave Doren prepares to lead the Wolfpack onto the field before NC State's 21-20 win over ECU on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2022 at Dowdy Ficklen Stadium in Greenville, N.C. doing.

NC State head coach Dave Doren prepares to lead the Wolfpack onto the field before NC State’s 21-20 win over ECU on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2022 at Dowdy Ficklen Stadium in Greenville, N.C. doing.

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yeah yeah yeah that was fun

North Carolina needs to start its college football season more often like that. ), these games are common in schools in North Carolina. they are usually fun.

And get this: In-state teams that don’t play much with each other are involved, they are important. people do care. What happened in Greenville and Boone on Saturday is another reminder that her ECU at North Carolina State University and Appalachian State University in North Carolina are making big profits. many For example, theater more convincing than ACC schools, which are opposing Connecticut (the state will do later this month).

And what about those two games on Saturday themselves?

I remember State and UNC having significantly more resources than their opponents on Saturday in about 15 minutes of give or take, but I witnessed them get away in the most dramatic way.of Wolfpack won a game it has lost many times before, The Pirate Kick Game has gone havoc, twice, including once in the last few seconds. On the other hand, that’s probably why the Tar Heels won. The app state simply timed out and no more points could be earned.

State’s 21-20 victory over ECU and UNC 63-61 (!) Victories over the Mountaineers both came down to final plays. Failed field goal at Greenville. His two points on Boone failed in his conversion attempt. And the people of Raleigh and Chapel Hill were able to breathe again.

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NC State linebacker Isaiah Moore (1) slammed Cyrus after Moore was stopped in the first half of NC State’s game against ECU on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2022 at Dowdy Ficklen Stadium in Greenville, NC. Celebrate the safety of Fagan (4).ethan hyman ehyman@newsobserver.com

In a historical context, such Saturdays don’t come around very often. He’s the only other time that both State and UNC have won a game by two points or less on the same day. The last time it happened before Saturday was November 1, 1986. In Raleigh, Eric Kramer’s 33-yard touchdown pass to Danny Peebles saw State beat South Carolina 23–22 after time ran out. At Chapel Hill, UNC’s League Limaris scored his goal on his 28-yard field, leading the Heels to his 32–30 win against Maryland, and the Terrapins’ Bobby his Ross angry at his coach. I sent it to tracking.

UNC quarterback of the day: Mark May. Drake’s father.

Which one is…

one big thing

A star is born: drake may story.

Look, it’s early. More difficult trials await. Yata, Yata, etc. But is it possible that UNC lost Sam Howell? upgrade At quarterback? is. It’s silly to think he’s as good a player as Howell, but it’s arguable that his two appearances in his redshirt freshman season could prove May to be an even better player. His line on the app: 24-for-36, 352 yards, 4 touchdowns, no interceptions.

And all without Josh Downes. In two games, May recorded his nine TD passes and no interceptions. Yes, that’s enough.

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North Carolina quarterback Drake May, 10, rushes for 7 yards in the second quarter against Appalachian State on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2022 at Kidd Brewer Stadium in Boone, NC.Robert Willett rwillett@newsobserver.com

Hottest take*

What was Tar Heels coach Mack Brown thinking? Dancing in such a locker room?his team give up more than 60 points; barely wins.Committing ridiculous penalties at the wrong time and… Brown have the courage to celebrate? There is no room for fun in sports. Or, for that matter, for football coaches to express their joy. They have to be Cybertrons, whose only emotional trait is an icy glare. Shame on Brown. Shame on his players who should have refused to participate.

* Takes that sarcastically make fun of actual real takes. It’s not meant to be taken seriously.

three favorite

1. The festive atmosphere of Boone and Greenville. The good people of West and East North Carolina actually brought it on Saturday, with both App State and ECU setting attendance records. Both stadiums made for weird environments at times, especially in the 4th quarter. Get more of this — not less.

2. As the old saying goes, you can’t spell M1ke Elk0 without 1-0. Forced references are everything here, but dramatic football events require dramatic writing equipment. Not a bad debut for Duke’s first-year head coach Mike ElkoThe last time we saw the Blue Devils, before Saturday, they had more or less given up.the temple is not goodbut still, you must say Duke’s 30-0 win beats expectations.

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Duke head coach Mike Elko thanked the crowd after the Blue Devils’ 30-0 win over Temple at Wallace Wade Stadium in Durham, N.C., Friday, Sept. 2, 2022. kmckeown@newsobserver.com

3. Tar Heels offense. Cue old Bon Jovi lyrics: “Wow, we’re on our way there/Wow, oh, we’re living in prayer!” A classic 80’s rock song, it also works well to explain the Tar Heels through the two games. They have half the makings of a great team. And, sure, they seem to be living by prayer — that he’s good enough around 50 to win a game this season. However, there are plenty of young playmakers here, and UNC should be fun (and possibly infuriating) to watch.

3 vs … not so fond

1. Defense of UNC. So far, it’s the football personification of the “yikes” emoji. The great thing about sports is that sometimes it creates moments that have never been seen before or even imagined.For example, like a soccer team scoring 40 points in Q4, just like App State achieved on SaturdayYou’d think it would be impossible. The Tar Heels defense said, “Look at me.” All that claimed talent, and is this the result?

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North Carolina coach Mack Brown unites his defensive unit during the first quarter against Appalachian State University at Kidd Brewer Stadium in Boone, NC, Saturday, Sept. 3, 2022 rwillett@newsobserver.com

2. ESPN’s scheduling nerds were wrong. If ESPN is allegedly trying to help ACC strengthen its brand and the network is actually trying to do so, why put both State-ECU and UNC-App on competing networks at Noon? Would you? Two of the most engaging non-conference games in the state this season needed plenty of room to breathe. They deserve a larger audience, and if they weren’t played exactly at the same time, they would have had it.

3. Wolfpack Goal Line Offense. Speaking of “Yeah,” State said he reached the 1-yard line twice in the fourth quarter on Saturday, ECU’s, and in total he scored 0 points. There’s nothing quite like watching a team hand off with a shotgun to the backfield a few yards away when you’re less than a yard out of the end zone. The Wolfpack offense left him with a lot of frustration at ECU, but from the start he failed to score twice, which wasn’t ideal.

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NC State quarterback Devin Leary, 13, leaves the field after NC State’s 21-20 victory over ECU on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2022 at Dowdy Ficklen Stadium in Greenville, N.C.Ethan Hyman ehyman@newsobserver.com

Carolina ranking

1. Clemson; (big gap…still gap… still gaping … more gaps here … still gaps) 2. NC state (perhaps?); 3. South Carolina. 4. Wake Forest; 5. North Carolina (best offense and worst defense equal to the middle of the whole); 6. App State. 7.ECU; 8.Coastal Carolina; 9. Duke; 10. Charlotte.

final thoughts, in no particular order

One of the best moments of the weekend. NC Central has a six-game losing streak against North Carolina A&T., a 28-13 win over Charlotte at the Dukes-Mayo Classic. More than 35,000 spectators watched the live broadcast inside Bank of America Stadium. A special night in Central. A great moment for HBCU football.

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NC Central receiver Tyler Barnes, 81, celebrates after the Eagles defeated the NC A&T Aggies at the Duke’s Mayo Classic at Bank of American Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina, Saturday, Sept. 3, 2022. Jon Strayhorn/Special to the Observer Special to John Strayhorn/Observer

NC State improved to around 2-2,000 on games like Saturday. And the “2” just so happens to have happened in State’s last two games, all the way back to his miracle comeback against UNC last season. Another Blow to NC State… Stuff? Don’t get ahead of yourself.

PUBLIC SERVICE NOTICE: If you’ve ever sent or are thinking of sending a spiteful tweet after ECU kicker Owen Duffer misfired on Saturday, reassess your life and priorities. please. Do you think any fan felt worse than him after missing a 41-yard kick in the final seconds? Probably not.

If Tarheels and Wolfpack can combine offense and defense, that Frankenstein concoction could form the makings of a national competitor.

Enter the ACC football cannon. Virginia Tech coach trapped in elevator.

Any ACC coach who wants to get stuck in an elevator? Go to Mack Brown. You can learn some new dance moves.

This story was originally published 5:10 am on September 5, 2022.

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Andrew Carter has covered track and field at major colleges for 10 years, including 6 years covering the University of North Carolina for News & Observer and Charlotte Observer. Currently, he is a member of his N&O and Observer statewide corporate and investigative reporting teams. He attended North Carolina State University and grew up in Raleigh with dreams of becoming a journalist.

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