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Saturday, November 3, 2012
Virginia stuns NC State

By Andrea Adelson

Ready for the biggest shocker of the day?

Virginia 33, NC State 6.

It was bizarro world in Raleigh.

Consider: the Hoos were ranked last in the country going into this game in turnover ratio. Virginia forced five turnovers -- including three interceptions after having only one pick all year.

Consider: Phillip Sims and Michael Rocco effectively managed the Hoos' offense, combining to throw zero interceptions, while Mike Glennon made too many mistakes and once again had his receivers dropping passes left and right. Glennon ended up with 197 yards, one touchdown and all three INTs.

Consider: NC State's offensive line was dominated by a Virginia front that had seven sacks all season.

NC State fans -- and in turn -- Florida State fans, probably want me to stop right there.

Give Virginia (3-6, 1-4) credit for coming out with much more passion and enthusiasm off its bye week, ending a six-game losing streak while keeping its bowl hopes alive and picking up its first ACC win. In addition to steady quarterback play, the Hoos also got 115 yards and a touchdown from Kevin Parks.

But the bigger story in this game was the implosion from the Wolfpack (5-4, 2-3), their Atlantic Division hopes now pretty much shattered.

A week after a devastating last-second loss to in-state rival North Carolina, NC State seemed ill-prepared to play against the Hoos. Just look at the first half: NC State had 87 total yards, went 1-of-6 on third down, had zero yards rushing, seven penalties and three turnovers. It simply could not dig out of the hole it created from the start.

You can just about guarantee the hot seat under coach Tom O'Brien just turned blazing, as this team has underachieved for most of the season. That FSU win seems like a total outlier now.