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Ken Medlin

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.

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  • NCSU72 Sep 20, 2010

    Absolutely a positive night! Why no comments?
    And, don't forget the fans -- the crowd was awesome, the student section incredible. A great night for the Wolfpack.

  • VT1994Hokie Sep 17, 2010

    Good article. State did a nice job last night.

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Scoreboard
Local
1st Intermission
WAS 2
CAR 0
 
Final
TAM 8
BOS 11
Final
STL 2
MIA 3
Final
WAS 0
NYM 2
Final
MIN 3
NYY 1
Final
DET 3
PIT 7
Final
BAL 3
TAM 4
Final
TOR 10
PHI 6
Final
TEX 10
CHC 15
 
Final
LOS 1
CWS 2
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MIL 4
CIN 10
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SFG 4
COL 3
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CLE 8
SEA 6
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ANA 10
OAK 13
 
Final
ARI 8
TEX 7
 
5th
ATL 1
HOU 3
 
10:05pm Tonight
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KAN
 
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DET 29
ATL 22
 
1st
BRK 21
IND 13
 
8:00pm Tonight
MIA
SAN
10:30pm Tonight
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TEMPL 30
MIAMI 25
 
Half
EVAN 46
TENNM 34
 
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STAN
1st Intermission
WAS 2
CAR 0
 
1st Intermission
BOS 1
FLA 0
 
1st Intermission
CLB 0
NJD 1
 
1st
DET 0
OTT 0
 
1st
TOR 2
TAM 0
 
8:00pm Tonight
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8:00pm Tonight
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