State's Wilson hurt in Pack's 29-23 loss to Rutgers
Posted December 29, 2008
N.C. State won four straight games to earn a trip to a bowl game, but couldn't get the postseason win it coveted. The Wolfpack jumped out to a 17-6 halftime lead, but lost its quarterback, and its lead, on the way to a 29-23 loss to the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers in Birmingham, Ala.
The Wolfpack scored on its last possession of the first half, but the sequence may have cost State the game.
On a first and 10 play from the Rutgers 21 yard-line, Russell Wilson used his trademark scrambling skills to gain 16 yards and give the Pack a first and goal from the 5-yard line. Andre Brown scored two plays later to make it 17-6 in favor of N.C. State, but the play would prove costly, as Wilson left the game with a sprained knee and did not return.
The Pack missed the ACC's offensive player of the year in the second half, as Tom O'Brien's squad had 94 yards total yards in the second half compared to 269 in the game's first 30 minutes.
O'Brien turned to backup quarterback Harrison Beck, but the redshirt junior went three and out and threw an interception in his only two series.
Daniel Evans, the third-string quarterback going into the contest, provided a bit of magic for the Wolfpack, if only for a brief moment. Making his first appearance since Sept. 6, Evans found senior tight end Anthony Hill on a 16-yard touchdown pass on his first series in the game to put the Pack up 23-19, but he threw an interception on the fourth play of the team's next possession.