A positive night for the 'Pack
Posted September 16, 2010
This is why you play college football on a Thursday night.
N.C. State might have received more positive publicity in one nationally-televised football game than even a well-planned image campaign could have mustered in a year.
For one, theirs was the only game in town, with no competition from any other major sport -- it was even a light night for Major League Baseball's schedule -- so, an entire nation of sports fans were watching.
Secondly (and even more importantly), the Wolfpack won the game in convincing fashion. The offense looked, at times, as if it could move the ball at will. And a defense that resembled a sieve last season kept Cincinnati off-balance for the entire game.
But the invaluable part of this for N.C. State is the attention the University and it's football program receives by playing in a game like this. For the better part of four hours, ESPN's crew had nothing but good things to say about the Wolfpack program. You simply can't buy that kind of publicity.
A potential recruit from parts unknown would have come away from this game thinking:
1) N.C. State's offense is electric
2) Russell Wilson is one of the best quarterbacks in the country
3) State could be a contender for the Atlantic division title, and a spot in the ACC championship game, and...
4) What a positive and inspiring story Dana Bible's fight against cancer has been.
These were all recurring talking points from ESPN's broadcast.
Tom O'Brien might not have been crazy about the timing of this game, but this is why you play college football on a Thursday night. And N.C. State took full advantage.