One by one, the North Carolina State players took off running after the game ended, heading straight for the puddle at the 25-yard line.
After a sloppy day of belly-flops and splashdowns, it was time to turn the field at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh into a slip-and-slide.
The Wolfpack beat Notre Dame, 10-3, yesterday in hurricane conditions, plus the start of the second half was delayed because of lightning. It was decided when Dexter Wright returned a blocked punt for the winning touchdown with 12:43 remaining.
“This is a game to remember,” N.C. State tight end Pharoah McKeever said. “I’ll probably remember it until the day I die. Raining, playing in a hurricane, not knowing if we were going to play or not. Lightning delay, in the locker room for 30 more minutes . . . And then after the game, doing field slides in the mud. This was just something to remember.”
Carter-Finley Stadium wasn’t the only waterlogged field saturated by Hurricane Matthew’s heavy rains and wind gusts yesterday.
No. 25 Virginia Tech went into Chapel Hill and pushed No. 17 North Carolina around, 34-3, but had seven fumbles (losing only two of them). The host Tar Heels had four turnovers.
UNC, playing without injured top tailback Elijah Hood, failed to score a touchdown for the first time under fifth-year coach Larry Fedora.
In Durham, North Carolina, Daniel Jones and Parker Boehme each threw a touchdown pass as Duke beat Army, 13-6. The Black Knights turned the ball over three times and rushed for only 165 yards, 209 yards less than its previous average.
SEC, Florida, LSU at impasse
Southeastern Conference commissioner Greg Sankey says the LSU-Florida game, which was postponed indefinitely because of Hurricane Matthew, “needs to be played.”
The two schools and the league have been at odds over the postponement and can’t agree on a solution to reschedule it.
Florida rejected moving the game to Baton Rouge, and a later plan to move the game from noon to 4 p.m. fell through. Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley has been accused by LSU fans of intentionally delaying the game because the banged-up Gators need a bye week.
Sankey said one option to reschedule could be Nov. 19. The Tigers (3-2, 2-1 SEC) and the 18th-ranked Gators (4-1, 2-1) each play nonconference games at home that day and would need to buy out those opponents, South Alabama ($1.5 million) at LSU and Presbyterian ($500,000) at Florida.
Doing that would mean the Tigers would lose a home game (and the $3 million it generates) and end the regular season with three consecutive road games — against Arkansas (Nov. 12), Florida (Nov. 19) and Texas A&M (Nov. 24). Three conference road games in a 13-day span are far from ideal for anyone.