Thursday, December 28, 2023

A Flavorful Faceoff: Kansas State Downs NC State in Pop Tarts Bowl Showdown

ORLANDO FL – In the sweetest corner of Orlando, Florida, at Camping World Stadium, a scrumptious college football clash unfolded between the NC State Wolfpack and the Kansas State Wildcats in the Pop Tarts Bowl. The aroma of anticipation (and toasted pastries) filled the air as fans gathered, ready to savor a game filled with pop-tastic plays, touchdown delights, and tasty maneuvers. Let's unravel the flavorsome highlights of this delectable showdown.

First Quarter: Frosted Cherry

The Wildcats kicked off the flavor fest, leaving the Wolfpack trailing early with a thirty-seven-yard touchdown pass from Avery Johnson to DJ Giddens. It was a berry good start for Kansas State, as Chris Tennant's PAT kick added the extra point, giving them a fruity lead of 7-0 at 12:35.

Second Quarter: Brown Sugar Cinnamon

Kansas State continued to sprinkle their magic in the second quarter, with Giddens rushing for a four-yard touchdown, and Johnson adding another touchdown with a 19-yard rush. The Wolfpack tried to spice things up with a 31-yard rushing touchdown by Brennan Armstrong, and just before the clock could say "time's up," Brayden Narveson served a 26-yard field goal, making the halftime score a toasty 21-10 in favor of Kansas State.

Third Quarter: S’mores

The Wolfpack came back with a burst of flavor in the third quarter, narrowing the gap with a 49-yard field goal from Narveson and a truly zesty 60-yard rushing touchdown from Trent Pennix. Despite a failed PAT pass, NC State managed to cut the deficit to 21-19, leaving the fans craving more excitement.

Fourth Quarter: Cookies and Creme

In a lip-smacking final quarter, the Wildcats sealed the deal with an 11-yard touchdown pass from Avery Johnson to Jayce Brown. Chris Tennant's successful PAT kick was the frosting on the pastry, and Kansas State finished on top with a final score of 28-19, leaving fans with a taste of victory.

Nutrition Facts:

The offensive buffet saw both teams piling up impressive yardage, with Kansas State gaining 429 total yards and NC State close behind with 399 yards. The rushing game was a delicious highlight, with Giddens leading for Kansas State with 152 yards, while Armstrong and Pennix combined for a mouthwatering 195 yards for NC State.

Defensively, both teams showed they were no strangers to tough bites, with a close tackle count of 54 for NC State and 55 for Kansas State. The Wildcats managed a crucial interception, adding some extra crunch to their defensive gameplan.

NC State, who won five straight games to close out the regular season, is now .500 in bowls games with a 17-17-1 all-time postseason record and a 5-4 bowl record under Dave Doeren, who has led NC State to more bowl games than any coach in school history.