NC State blanks USF 14-0 in Meineke Car Care Bowl

By Kyle Dudley  |   Saturday, December 31, 2005  |  Comments( 0 )

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Saturday in the Meineke Car Care Bowl it was the NC State Wolfpack over the upstart South Florida Bulls 14-0. All of the scoring in the game took place in the second quarter.

For NC State, all that was needed was a little bit of offense and a tough defense. A 9-yard touchdown grab by Brian Clark and a 1-yard run into the end zone by Andre Brown was all it took for NC State to win its 7th game of the year. Overall, they won five of their final six games on the season.

The defense for the Wolfpack, though, was the real star of this one. Linebacker Stephen Tulloch should get much of the credit. He ended up with 14 tackles, five of which were for losses, three sacks and a forced fumble he recovered. He was the MVP award winner.

In their first bowl game in school history, South Florida was shutout for the first time in school history. Against a tough NC State defense, the Bulls managed just 295 yards of total offense, and just couldn't get the Big East's leading rusher, Andre Hall, into the end zone. Hall still accounted for much of what little offense the South Florida team managed. He had 118 yards rushing and another 49 in receiving.

For the most part, things fell apart every time South Florida went away from Hall with a play. When South Florida found themselves on the NC State 17 yard line, a run by Ricky Pronton and two pass plays ended with an interception in the end zone.

Neither offense was great. The game included 3 missed field goals, 4 turnovers, and only 596 yards of offense.
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