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Week 9 By The Facepalms

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Box Score (icky!)

Plays
Total Yds
Yds/Play
Yds/Carry*
Yds/PassAtt
NCSU
62
166
2.7
2.7
3.8
FSU
71
444
6.3
3.8
9.4

(Yds/carry stats are calculated after removing sacks from the equation.)

Wheeeew. This is the first time I've bothered looking at the box score, and before I go any further I'm going to need a triple facepalm.

Triple Facepalm

That's better.

I don't know what there is to say about Saturday's thing that happened that was bad. It hurt from start to finish, but decreasingly so as time wore on. It didn't take very long to realize that we just didn't have it up front and weren't going to be able to compete in this game. I'd like to point to one or two big or enjoyable plays, but we didn't really have any. We hardly spent any time in Florida State territory, and did not make a single trip into the red zone. It was a game without even the slightest modicum of enjoyable moments.

The Pack's offense managed one halfway decent drive in the entire game, and that one took 13 plays and six minutes to go 47 yards, which ain't overly impressive. It stalled inside the FSU 35 and, surprisingly, Tom O'Brien decided to let Sade try a long field goal. I actually figured he'd be punting or faking the field goal there. There was a brief moment of excitement as I saw the kick was on line...and then it fell like six yards short. That kind of day.

There isn't much I got worked up about during this game, but I was disgusted by the give-up punt midway through the fourth quarter. Sure, our odds were terrible at that point, down four TDs against that defense with a little over seven minutes to work with. But you don't throw in the towel in that spot. The point is to try to win, right? Otherwise why did you make the trip? If your team is going to pull out some miraculous four-score rally, it's going to have to start on that possession. That punt made sure the game was over.