The fourth quarter of the 2010 Champs Sports Bowl is an entirely exasperating affair. There are turnovers. There are assorted scuffles on the field. There are announcers chortling openly at the caliber of play on the field before them and practically begging for the clock to be run out. We are inclined to agree with them.
The sequence of events, as politely as we can piece them together: Noel Devine loses the first ball, on West Virginia's first possession of the period. Josh Czajkowski misses a 27-yard field goal. Brandan Bishop flies into the cameras' field of vision out of nowhere to intercept a Geno Smith pass intended for Jock Sanders. State goes three-and-out. Tyler Bitancurt misses a 43-yard field goal. State goes three-and-out. Jock Sanders fumbles. Then, with 4:20 remaining in the game, in a broken play that suddenly is not, Russell Wilson scrambles Family Circus-style all over his own backfield and locates the hands of Jarvis Williams, and puts the ball in them. The 'Pack has 23 points, the most any squad has managed against West Virginia in all of 2010. Huge swaths of empty seats (even for the Citrus Bowl) are visible.
The night isn't over yet for the 'Eers, who manage one more fumble after allowing Geno Smith to be sacked on 2nd-and-2, a move that effectively ends the game. Tom O'Brien is doused with bile-colored Gatorade, and continues to display not a shred of human emotion, but not in a scary way like Urban Meyer. West Virginia fans hunker down and pray for the advent of Dana Holgorsen. Final score in Orlando: NC State 23, West Virginia 7.
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