2009 Monday Thoughts: NC State

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(Editor’s
Note: We were not able to obtain photos for this game and have used stock TSL
photography for our pictures.)

I’ll freely admit that recovering from the Georgia Tech and UNC losses is
still an ongoing process for me. Fortunately, I’m not the Virginia Tech coaches
or Hokie players who draw up and execute the game plans, because they’re putting
in a pretty strong November. The Hokies made NC State look like the bad team
they are, and along the way, one Tech player etched his name in the NCAA record
book, another set an ACC record, and a third gave a strong boost to a quietly
special season.

You guys were right: NC State is a bad football team. The Wolfpack have some
good parts, but with the injuries they have suffered and the mistakes they make,
you can’t assemble those parts into anything resembling a good football team.
The Wolfpack were gracious visitors, spotting the Hokies ten quick points off of
turnovers and then committing crucial penalties that enabled the Hokies to stay
ahead.

The Hokies even got some help from a season-long nemesis: the coin flip.
That’s right: winning the coin toss for the first time on the season was a big
contributor to making sure this game was over early in the third quarter.

Grimm, Williams, Boykin Shine

Any game in which a player sets or ties an NCAA record is a special game. No
one sits around thinking about who holds records for forced fumbles, and if you
had randomly asked me before the game, “Say, Will, what do you think the
single-game record for forced fumbles is?” I would have scratched my chin,
pondered it, and said, “Five or six. Probably five, maybe as high as
six.”

Now we know the single-game FBS record is three, held by Cody Grimm and seven
other players. Grimm forced a fumble on three of NC State’s first four offensive
plays, all in the first quarter.

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