The Wolfpacker

September 2018

The Wolfpacker: An Independent Magazine Covering NC State Sports

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SEPTEMBER 2018 ■ 57 Barnette's overthrown pass to Whitted was picked off, ending the upset bid. Stephens managed to play throughout the game and contributed a gutsy 105 rushing yards. Barnette completed 14 of 25 passes for 260 yards, including four completions for 71 yards to sophomore receiver Torry Holt. No. 9 Ohio State 22, NC State 14 (Sept. 18, 2004) The year before, Philip Rivers, Jerricho Cotchery and T.A. McLendon put a scare into more than 100,000 fans at Ohio State's Horseshoe, taking the Buckeyes into three overtimes before falling 44-38. In this return contest, the Wolfpack's first Division I-A game of the post-Riv- ers era, the Wolfpack defense took a star- ring role, holding the Buckeye offense to a school-record five Mike Nugent field goals and a solitary touchdown following a turnover. And that was the problem with the Wolf- pack in its last hosting of a non-conference, top-10 opponent at Carter-Finley Stadium — the Pack, under the direction of redshirt junior quarterback Jay Davis, committed five turnovers, including three interceptions. Trailing just 6-0 before the half, the Wolf- pack was trying to run out the clock when Ohio State's Donte Whitner intercepted a pass and returned it to 24 yards to the Wolf- pack 3-yard line to set up the Buckeyes' only touchdown of the game. On the open- ing possession of the second half, McLen- don lost a pitch from Davis at the 16-yard line, setting up another Nugent field goal. McLendon, who missed the season opener with a strained hamstring, scored the Wolf- pack's first touchdown on an 11-yard run in the third quarter, but Nugent added two more field goals to extend the Buckeye lead to 22-7. After being benched in favor of Mar- cus Stone for one series, Davis returned to throw a 26-yard touchdown pass to Brian Clark to get the Wolfpack within one score with 1:47 remaining in the game. But an onsides kick failed, and the Buckeyes were able to run out the clock for the eight-point victory. ■ Right the first time or it's free. Hem it. SEW IT. LENGTHEN IT. SHORTEN IT. BUTTON IT. SNAP IT. ZIP IT. WE DO IT. We'll perform the necessary surgery. Because it's less traumatic to alter the clothing than the wearer. The Wolfpack limited No. 9 Ohio State to one touchdown and five field goals, but five turnovers proved costly in a 22-14 defeat in 2004. PHOTO BY KEN MARTIN Tim Peeler is a regular contributor to The Wolfpacker and can be reached at

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