Week 6 - Florida State at North Carolina State
Trip Start Sep 01, 2012
23Trip End Nov 26, 2012
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We headed to the stadium with four tickets in hand and the intention of haggling for two better seats. We ended up trading our four tickets in the upper deck in the corner of the endzone for two tickets in the lower deck at about the 25 yard line.
Now for the ratings:
Stadium - NC State plays in Carter-Finley Stadium. It's pretty far from the actual campus, which is a bit odd. It did make it good for tailgating, though, since there wasn't really anything else around there. The stadium capacity is 60,000. There is an upper deck on both sides, and the endzones have been filled in. Here is an interesting bit of trivia. Rumor has it that when they were digging up the hill at one of end of the stadium to put in seats, they found several empty kegs buried in the hill. Apparently, students had at one point snuck into the stadium the night before games and buried kegs, then bought the cheap tickets on the hill. That is outstanding! Rating - 6 of 10.
Tailgating - NC State tailgating was pretty good
The Game - This game was the tale of two halves. It started out slowly, and it was looking like a Florida State blowout. NC State couldn't do anything on offense, as the Florida State defense was pretty much having their way with them in the first half. Florida State's offense was driving at will...until they got to the red zone. They ended up with three field goals and a touchdown in the first half to ease into halftime with a comfortable 16-0 lead. Perhaps a bit too comfortable. Some NC State fans were even leaving under the assumption that Florida State would continue to dominate.
It almost seemed like the teams switched jerseys at halftime. NC State started putting together some long drives while shutting down the Florida State offense. The Wolfpack quarterback went from having no time in the first half to being able to move through all his progressions in the second half and often dumping the ball to a crossing wide receiver just in front of the linebackers
The Band - The NC State band did the most with dynamics of all the bands so far, both with their playing and with their marching. Overall, it was a pretty good show. The corps style marching was quite a bit different than what we had seen from the Penn State and Illinois bands the week before. They had a nice full sound, but honestly, the marching itself was quite sloppy while they were playing. They did do some fairly complicated marching, but the majority of the diffucult formations came while they weren't actually playing
Fans - By and large, the NC State fans were good fans. They were very good at cheering when Florida State had the ball, especially during some crucial 3rd down plays. They also knew to be relatively quiet when NC State had the ball. Like Oregon, they let people out and back in for halftime. I used to like this practice, but not so much anymore. What ended up happening was that the stadium was literally half empty until almost the end of the 3rd quarter, and many never came back. Personally, I would rather see the fans in the stadium to watch the game that they paid to see than out in the parking lot drinking a beer and listening to it on the radio. I'm pretty sure that if NC State hadn't scored a touchdown in the 3rd quarter, they wouldn't have come back. Most of the cheering and yelling was positive, but there was a bit more negativity than we'd seen previously, including some hat throwing, yelling at the team, and f-bombs for the refs (even when the call went NC State's way). For most of the evening, we didn't see any issues with NC State fans harrassing Florida State fans until at the very end when one fan kept fake high-fiving a 15-year-old Florida State fan behind him for every good NC State play after the blocked punt
Best Player - If I had to determine this at halftime, the easy choice would have been Florida State running back Chris Thompson. He had 115 yards rushing in the first half, and although he didn't score any touchdowns, he definitely enabled all the scores. Then the second half happened. The Seminoles couldn't get anything going on offense, and their defense seemed to be too tired to rush the quarterback. NC State quarterback Mike Glennon earned the best player of the game when he threw his second touchdown pass with 8 seconds left in the game. He played very well in the second half as he picked apart the same Florida State defense that had shut them down in the first half.
Overall - Janell was hoping for a Florida State victory, but despite that this was a very entertaining experience. It is a good place to watch a game, the fans were good overall, and the game was certainly exciting! Rating - 8 of 10
Bonus Fact: NC State's Fishing Club won the 2012 National Championship and has won 3 of the last 10