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Pack Seniors Lead State To Bowl Win

December 28, 2010

Courtesy: N&O

It seemed like neither team wanted to win it, but with both teams blowing chance after chance, it was State who came up with the big plays necessary to win it in the end, 23-7.

Senior placekicker Josh Czajkowski connected on three of four field goals (missing what would’ve been the 21st field goal and the record for field goals in a season) and Nate Irving sacked WVU quarterback Geno Smith to force a fumble at the end to seal the deal.

Russell Wilson was his usual Russell-Wilsony self. He finished with 275 yards of passing and two touchdowns, including a highlight-reel toss to senior Jarvis Williams for the final points of the contest where he juked nearly the entire WVU defense and threw across his body for the touchdown strike. His performance earned him the Champs Sports Bowl MVP.

The Mountaineers were completely out of sync nearly the entire game, turning the ball over five times while struggling to find any sort of offensive rhythm. Deep passes for huge gains were then followed by three straight no-gainers. State, too, struggled at times on offense, and when the game was still in the balance at 16-7, State’s wide receivers started dropping pass after pass.

But in the end, the Pack got it done to put a positive wrap on an up-and-down season.

With the win, State concluded the year 9-4 and marked the 100th victory in Tom O’Brien’s career. Nine wins on the year ties the second-highest mark in the school history.

The big question on everyone’s mind moving forward was the plans of Russell Wilson and his decision whether to return or not. My guess is we won’t have any sort of resolution on that before the Spring Game, and possibly not any after that depending on how baseball goes for him.

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