South Carolina can't close the deal

September, 3, 2009
9/03/09
9:03
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich


RALEIGH, N.C. -- Wow. NC State is giving South Carolina plenty of opportunities to put this game away. And the Gamecocks are blowing it. Credit the Pack's defense for a strong stand on the last drive.

The Gamecocks got as close as the 11-yard line and couldn't punch it in (um, red zone offense at practice this summer?). A missed field goal by Spencer Lanning from 27 yards out epitomized this entire game -- sloppy.

NC State can still win this game because South Carolina has shot itself in the foot one too many times. NC State defensive coordinator Mike Archer is starting to load up the box and dare the Gamecocks to throw, and we saw on the last drive that, well, they should probably stick to running.

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