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Russell Wilson Leads 21st Game-Winning Drive, Seahawks Beat Packers 27-24



Former NC State Quarterback Russell Wilson recorded yet another game-winning drive last night, leading the Seahawks to a 27-24 victory over the Packers.

With a little over 8 minutes left in the game, Seattle received the kickoff after Green Bay kicked a 36-yard field goal to extend their lead to 24-20.

Wilson proceeded to lead the Seahawks on a 7 play/75-yard drive (3:15), ending in a 15-yard touchdown pass to Tight End Ed Dickson with 5:11 left on the clock. He was 4 of 5 for 73 yards and a touchdown on the drive.

On the night, Russell was 21 of 31 for 225 yards and 2 touchdowns (0 interceptions), with a 110.3 QB Rating.

Since 2012, Wilson has orchestrated 21 game-winning drives in either the 4th quarter or Overtime, which is second only to Matthew Stafford (26). (Tweet)

The Seahawks always feel like they have a chance with the ball in Wilson’s hands at the end of the game. Since the beginning of last season, he’s the best in the business in the 4th.

Here’s a look at Wilson’s 2 touchdowns.

The Seahawks victory kept their playoff hopes alive. They (5-5) currently are right behind the Vikings (5-3-1) for the final Wild Card spot.

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AJ Cole is the Last Punter Standing in Oakland



Former NC State punter AJ Cole went to Rookie Minicamp with hardly any expectations of being signed. Honestly, the percentage of players there that get a contract are miniscule.

But in the end, Cole was one of the few from that were invited to Training Camp, still with no guarantee of a roster spot.

But uncertainty became certainty for Cole yesterday, when the Raiders waived Johnny Townsend, their punter from 2018, leaving the former Wolfpacker as the final punter still in the Oakland Raiders camp.

“To sign some players, you have to let some players go,” (Jon) Gruden (head coach) said Tuesday. “Hate to see Johnny [Townsend] go. We still think he’s a really good punter. A.J. Cole deserves to be our guy at this point.”

“Well, he has a tremendous leg,” (Rich) Bisaccia (Special Teams Coordinator) said. “He has a natural hang to him, kind of even on his bad ball he can kind of get away with it. He’s a high-hit guy on his contact on the ball and he’s really improved his holding as he’s come along. And he can kickoff, so it gives us a little bit of an advantage that way with having the ability to have two guys that can kickoff through preseason.” (Raiders)

Cole’s 220 punts rank 3rd in NC State history, his 9,288 punting yards ranks 2nd, and his 42.2 yard average ranks 3rd.


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Trea Turner Extends On-Base Streak to 20 Games



Former NC State All-American Shortstop Trea Turner extended his on-base streak to 20 games last night, going 2-4, with a home run accompanied by 4 RBI’s.

Turner is in a league of his own over the past 4 years.

For a little of perspective of where Turner’s on-base streak stands in MLB history, check out the all-time list below.

Longest on-base streaks in Phillies history

Player Year(s) Games BA during
1. Mike Schmidt 1981-82 56 .330
2. Chuck Klein 1930 49 .409
3. Bobby Abreau 2000-01 48 .330
4. Odubel Herrera 2017-18 45 .355
5. Chuck Klein 1931 44 .412
6. Pete Rose 1982 41 .317
Don Hurst 1929 41 .342
8. Willie Montanez 1974 40 .377
9. Jimmy Rollins 2005-06 38 .379
Scott Rolen 1998-99 38 .286

On the year, Turner is hitting .290 with 11 home runs and 25 stolen bases.

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NC State NFL Preseason Week 1 Report: 8/11/19



The 1st Week of the 2019 NFL Preseason has wrapped up, and quite a few former NC State players were in action on Friday and Saturday.

If you missed our report from Thursday night, check it out here.

Running Back Jaylen Samuels looked like the ghost of Le’Veon Bell on Friday night in the Steelers 30-28 victory over the Bucs.

Samuels finished with 2 carries for 22 yards, and 1 reception for 9 yards.

Quarterback Ryan Finley was 13-18 for 109 yards, with 1 touchdown and 1 interception (QB Rating: 82.9) in the Bengals 38-17 loss to the Chiefs. On his scoring drive, he was 12 of 13 for 100 yards. Finley is fighting to be Andy Dalton’s backup. After a rough go of it when he arrived in Cincinnati, this was a good step in that direction. He’s been primarily leading the 2nd team offense as of late.

Linebacker Germaine Pratt had 2 tackles in the Bengals 38-17 loss to the Chiefs.

Quarterback Mike Glennon was 17 of 25 for 200 yards with 2 interceptions (0 touchdowns/QB Rating: 58.8) in the Raiders 14-3 victory over the Rams.

Punter A.J. Cole had 4 punts that went for an average of 43 yards, pinning 2 of them down inside the 20-yard line (Long: 49 yards) in the Raiders 14-3 victory over the Rams

Defensive End Kentavius Street had 4 tackles and 2 tackles for loss in the 49ers 17-9 victory over the Cowboys.

Cornerback Dontae Johnson had one pass deflection in the 49ers 17-9 victory over the Cowboys.

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Dennis Smith Jr Receives Honorary Key to the City of Fayetteville



Former NC State ACC Freshman of the Year Dennis Smith Jr has never forgotten where he came from, no matter how high he’s climbed the ladder.

Earlier this week, Mitch Colvin, the mayor of Fayetteville, presented Smith Jr with a ceremonial key to the city “in recognition of his efforts to support the youth and provide exceptional leadership to the citizens of Fayetteville both on and off the court.” (FayObserver)

DSJ threw down his first dunk on Langdon Street at Seabrook Park’s Smith Recreation Center, and back in February, in partnership with Under Armour, he unveiled a pair of refurbished courts there.

“Most of the time when those guys get to stardom, particularly in a market like New York City, it’s hard to remember your hometown,” Colvin said.

“I was real impressed by the investment that he partnered with Under Armour to redo the Seabrook court. That’s one of the most underserved areas in the city. That meant a lot to the community and that’s home for me. That’s just one of the things. … I understand that he’s very active in the community in some other ways.”

“If you’re ever around him, he’s a very humble guy,” Colvin said.

“He just blends in with the crowd. To me, that says that success doesn’t define your character, necessarily. He’s shown that you can be successful and still maintain a level head, which says a lot. That’s inspiring to the youth that we have here.” (FayObserver)

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