Win completes Wolfpack rally

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It was the relief he was looking for after a trying up-and-down season. The Wolfpack used stout defense and just enough offense to cap a late-season rally with a 14-0 victory over South Florida on Saturday that gave them a three-game winning streak to close the year. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson“This might be one of the biggest wins, when it’s all said and done, that this university could have had,” Amato said. “It could be the steppingstone for a lot of things.” Amato may be overstating it just a bit, but the victory did pick up a program that was 2-4 midway through the year and in danger of one of the worst seasons in school history. Instead, the Wolfpack (7-5) turned it around with five wins in the final six games. “For us to come here, win like we did and shut them out … it settles it down a little bit,” said defensive end Mario Williams, who indicated he’ll likely go out on top by declaring for the NFL draft sometime next week. Brian Clark caught a 9-yard touchdown pass and Andre Brown scored on a 1-yard run as the Wolfpack did all their scoring in the second quarter then held on to hand South Florida (6-6) its first shutout in school history. It was a disappointing end for the upstart Bulls, who were playing in their first bowl in school history. They launched their program nine years ago, moved up to Division I-A in 2001 and capped their first season in the Big East with a bowl bid. center_img CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Chuck Amato darted right, then danced left, successfully missing the bucket of water his victorious North Carolina State players tried to dump on him. Minutes later, as Amato tried to accept the Meineke Car Care Bowl trophy, the coach finally ran out of moves and received a chilly dousing down his back. last_img read more