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Ponder Fumbles on 3 Yard Line as Noles Fall to the Pack

October 28, 2010

Heading into tonight’s game against NC State, Florida State had a chance to take sole possession of first place in the ACC’s Atlantic Division.  They game was full of costly penalties for the Noles and they had a touch down called back for holding.  It was one of many, but despite the sloppy play, defensive breakdowns and streaky offense they went into the half with a 21-7 lead. 

That was quickly whittled down to 21-14 following a quick drive by the Pack.  On their next possession they tied the game.  The Noles kicked a field goal making it 24-21.  It would stay that way until late in the 4th quarter when Russell Wilson and the Wolfpack connected on a 4th down play for a touchdown. 

The Noles trailed 28-24 but still had a chance to win.  Ponder engineering a great drive and they quickly found themselves on the Pack’s 3 yard line.  It looked like they were going to be able to come back, on the road, in front of a hostile crowd to win the game until Ponder fumbled.  I am not sure if he dropped the ball, or if he hit his tailback, but it bounced onto the ground and was quickly gobbled up by an NC State player.  Game over.

The loss is the first for FSU in ACC play and puts NC State in the drivers seat to get to the ACC Championship Game It was a gut wrenching way to lose and I had flashbacks to  2008 game against Georgia Tech where Marcus Sims fumbled on the goal line on they play that would have won the game.  Miserable.   I really hope the Pack lose next week against Clemson and that the Noles can regain their composure against UNC. 

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