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Three Points: Vintage indifference in Tip-Off finale

Three Points from N.C. State's 76-56 loss to Oklahoma State:

1) Hello, Indifferent N.C. State

One of the smartest moves Mark Gottfried made in his first season was he rarely, if ever, talked about the 2010-11 season.

There was no reason to beat a dead horse and the players, while mostly the same cast that suffered through the misery of 15-16 record in Sidney Lowe's final season, never really looked the same under Gottfried.

That is until Sunday's loss in the championship game of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off. The veteran players, save for senior Richard Howell, were never really engaged in Sunday's game.

Cowboys drum Wolfpack, 76-56 in Puerto Rico Tip-Off title game

BAYAMON, Puerto Rico — The confidence that had become N.C. State's trademark was missing Sunday night in the championship game of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off. The dominant performances by junior stars C.J. Leslie and Lorenzo Brown, those were gone, too.

All that was left for the sixth-ranked Wolfpack was a humbling 76-56 loss to hungry, aggressive Oklahoma State team.

N.C. State's Yow receives contract extension, raise

Athletic director Debbie Yow received a two-year extension and a raise from N.C. State on Friday.

The school's first national title in 30 years, in any sport, would mean a bigger bonus for Yow, who got $50,000 added to her annual supplemental income in her new contract, which runs through 2017.

Refocused Pack hammers Wake, 37-6

RALEIGH — Everything that went wrong for N.C. State against Virginia last week, went right against Wake Forest on Saturday.

The Wolfpack found its running game and defense to refocus after a disastrous loss to Virginia for a 37-6 win over the Demon Deacons.

With 110 rushing yards for freshman Shadrach Thornton, N.C. State (6-4) clinched a bowl bid third straight year and fourth time in five years.

Virginia pounds sloppy Pack, 33-6

Updated 6:47 p.m.

RALEIGH — After a loss so thorough and disappointing, Mike Glennon didn’t bother to enumerate N.C. State’s problems on Saturday.

The senior quarterback simply bottom-lined the Wolfpack’s 33-6 mistake-filled loss to Virginia, an ACC team which had been on a six-game losing streak.
"Virginia just came out and played better than us," the senior quarterback said. "I don’t know exactly what went wrong."
After five turnovers, eight dropped passes and seven penalties, the better question after Saturday’s puzzling effort was what went right?

Injury ends Washington's season for Wolfpack

The injury to N.C. State running back James Washington looked serious when it happened Saturday. N.C. State coach Tom O'Brien confirmed the worst on Monday.

Washington's college career is over after tearing the ligaments in his right knee in the third quarter of the Wolfpack's loss to North Carolina.

Washington, a senior, led the team in rushing in 2011 with 897 yards and had 42 catches for 315 yards. An ankle injury cost him three games this season. He finished this season with 77 yards on 27 carries and one touchdown. He also had eight catches for 58 yards.

Punt return costs Wolfpack

CHAPEL HILL — The idea was clear to N.C. State coach Tom O'Brien: punt the ball and get the game to overtime.

Gio Bernard had other plans.

Bernard's 74-yard punt return with 13 seconds left clinched UNC's 43-35 win over the Wolfpack on Saturday at Kenan Stadium. O'Brien said punter Wil Baumann did what he wanted with the game tied at 35 and 30 seconds left on the clock.

"I think at that point, you just want to kick it and get it out of there," O'Brien said. "I think we might have over-kicked it."

Bernard's late touchdown gives UNC 43-35 win over N.C. State


Updated 8:01 p.m.

CHAPEL HILL — While Giovani Bernard ran up the sideline and into the legend of the North Carolina-N.C. State football rivalry here at Kenan Stadium on Saturday, his teammates on the Tar Heels’ sideline ran with him. 

They swarmed him in the back of the end zone, after Bernard’s 74-yard punt return with 13 seconds remaining broke a tie and gave UNC an improbable 43-35 victory against the Wolfpack. 
“He just kept running, kept running,” Sylvester Williams, the Tar Heels’ senior defensive tackle, said. “The little guy ran for his life, man. He ran for his life.”

Greene, Burriss dismissed from Wolfpack football team

Editor's note: This article ran in Sunday's print edition.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Running back Mustafa Greene's troubled career at N.C. State is over. The sophomore running back has been dismissed from the team, coach Tom O'Brien said Saturday.

Greene and redshirt freshman receiver Tyrell Burriss weren't "champions in the classroom or champions in the community," according to O'Brien.

"So they're not going to get the opportunity to play on this football team," O'Brien said after the Wolfpack's 20-18 win at Maryland.

Battle of late field goals gives Wolfpack 20-18 win at Maryland

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Of all the trends and omens conspiring against N.C. State on its trip to Maryland on Saturday, it was an unpredictable consequence which nearly cost the Wolfpack.

The road blahs? The inability to avoid a letdown after a big win? Both were in play for the Wolfpack on Saturday, which pulled out a 20-18 win over the Terrapins at Byrd Stadium.

But it was the emergence of backup quarterback Devin Burns, who came off the bench after an injury to starter Perry Hills, which almost led to a Wolfpack loss.

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