October 27, 2007

Cavaliers Bow Out to Bowens

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Virginia has been finding ways to win all season. For seven straight games the Cavaliers somehow pulled out one game after another with an NCAA-best five wins of six points or fewer.

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Sewell Out

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Jameel Sewell was knocked out at least temporarily and Peter Lalich was forced to take over at quarterback for Virginia. The Cavaliers trail by five and N.C. State has the ball with 6:42 remaining.

Bowens, Bowens, Gone

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Donald Bowens is having the game of his life after bringing in his second long touchdown of the game. Bowens went up and got a 30-yard bomb from Daniel Evans to wing the lead back to the Wolfpack with 7:37 remaining. Bowens, a sophomore, had the best game of his career last week with five catches for 93 yards against East Carolina. Well, he's nearly doubled that. Bowens now has 10 catches for 174 yards and two scores and is the reason the Wolfpack might pull off this upset.

All is Forgiven

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Ras-I Dowling atoned for his lone mistake of the game with a crucial interception. Dowling, who has tied a school record with five pass breakups, was the man who jumped offsides to negate a fumble recovery on a recent kickoff. But with N.C. State driving into Virginia territory, Dowling jumped the route and picked off Daniel Evans at the 15.

That Was the Kicker?

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Hey Donald Bowens, you just got ... JACKED UP! By the kicker! Chris Gould leveled Bowens with a crunching hit on the kickoff, that flattened Bowens and sent the ball flying out of bounds. The Wolfpack caught a break as that was their second return. They coughed up the first, but Virginia was offsides on the kick and the fumble was negated. And just as ESPNU showed a recap of all the Virginia close victories, the Wolfpack are on the move.

Cashing In

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Virginia finally took advantage of its excellent field position and took its first lead of the game with 13:12 remaining. But the drive was buoyed by a gutsy 4th-and-1 call by Al Groh. Instead of settling for a 33-yard field goal and slicing the Wolfpack lead in half, Groh decided to go for it. Out of the shotgun, Jameel Sewell faked a hand-off right and dashed to the opposite sideline for an 11-yard gain and a new set of downs. Mikell Simpson fought into the end zone from five yards out for the go-ahead touchdown on the very next play. Can the Cardiac Cavs hang on for their fourth consecutive fourth-quarter comeback victory?

Close Call

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Punt returner Darrell Blackman just nearly got burned on one of the most colossal brain-lock plays you'll see. Blackman ranged back to about the 2 to field a punt and then muffed it into the end zone. He barely broke the goal line to escape the safety but fumbled on his way down. Fortunately for the Wolfpack, they were able to recover on their own 2. Daniel Evans was able to move State out from the goal line with yet another completion to Donald Bowens. There's been an offensive stalemate for most of the quarter, but Virginia owns the field position battle. It might be only a matter of time before the Cavaliers break through.

Turf Toe

RALEIGH, N.C. -- So much for a home-field advantage. N.C. State halfback Jamelle Eugene was in the clear for a 39-yard touchdown run when he tripped himself and fell to the 2. With the lines stack on a third-and-short, Eugene crashed into the line, bounced it outside and picked up a downfield block for what seemed an easy touchdown. But the stumble proved costly as a false start and a couple incompletions later, the Wolfpack were forced to settle for a 23-yard field goal and a six-point lead.

Scoring Barrage Closes the Half

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Where did this come from? After both teams seemed to apply a gameplan of churning out long, pounding scoring marches N.C. State and Virginia put their offenses into hyper-drive to finish the half. The teams combined to score three touchdowns in the final 3:04 as both teams ran the 2-minute drill to perfection.

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Anything You Can Do

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Daniel Evans is starting to emerge as a solid quarterback option for N.C. State. The junior just guided the Wolfpack 75 yards in just 1:33 to emphatically respond to the Virginia touchdown drive. Evans looked poised and calm and had little trouble finding his receivers. The big play was another deep ball to Donald Bowens, setting up a 25-yard touchdown reception by Koyal George.

Can You Dig It

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Virginia simplified its offense and Jameel Sewell has the Cavaliers moving. The quarterback orchestrated an efficient 6-play, 62-yard scoring drive to get the Cavaliers back into it. After his second interception led to an N.C. State field goal, Sewell calmly dinked-and-dunked Virginia down the field, scoring the touchdown on a shovel pass to tailback Mikell Simpson from 12 yards out. With the touchdown, Virginia pulls to within three with under three minutes to go in the half.

Sewell Flustered

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Jameel Sewell has yet to find his rhythm under center for Virginia. The quarterback has fumbled two snaps and has now thrown two costly interceptions. The first led to North Carolina State's lone touchdown. The most recent one took points off the board for Virginia as they were well within field goal range when he threw the pick. If Sewell doesn't settle, then the Wolfpack can key in on the run game.

New Favorite

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Donald Bowens is listed fourth on the North Carolina State depth chart among receivers, but he's quickly becoming Daniel Evans' primary target. The Wolfpack just completed a 13 play scoring drive (resulting in a field goal) in which three of the four completions went to Bowens. Another two incompletions were in his direction. And oh yeah, Bowens snared the 40-yard bomb to open the scoring.

End of 1

RALEIGH, NC. -- It's been a grinding first 15 minutes. Virginia played the first quarter very conservatively -- refusing to look downfield after an early interception. N.C. State has taken its shots but Daniel Evans has been unable to feel comfortable in the pocket as the Virginia pass rush has put pressure on him throughout. But Evans has held his own and has the Wolfpack driving in Virginia territory.

Virginia on the Board

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Virginia responded to North Carolina State's touchdown with a pounding 14-play, 71-yard scoring drive that chewed up 5:47 off the clock. The drive didn't include receivers at all -- every play was either a run or a pass to a back or tight end. But the march stalled at the 6 and the Cavaliers were forced to settle for a 23-yard field goal. Wolfpack lead, 7-3.

Quick Strike

RALEIGH, N.C. -- There was a quick role reversal as N.C. State used a turnover to jump to a 7-0 lead over Virginia in just 2:30. Cavalier quarterback Jameel Sewell, who fumbled on the first play of the game, threw a terrible interception into triple coverage to set up the Wolfpack in Virginia territory. Three plays later Daniel Evans found Donald Bowens deep down the right sideline for a 40-yard touchdown.

Where Is Everybody

RALEIGH, N.C. -- For whatever the reason (possibly the rain?) the playing field is colorless. The logo in the middle and writing in the end zone -- normally red and white -- are completely devoid of color. As kickoff approaches the stands are nearly as bad. Fans are still trickling in, but there are empty seats everywhere. And this is Homecoming weekend in Raleigh.


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