Bitcoin Bowl Recap: NC State Wins (34-27)

Despite putting up the first points and attempting a late comeback, the UCF Knights couldn't overcome the NC State Wolfpack. In the first twenty one minutes of the game the lead had changed hands 4 times with a UCF field goal establishing a score (0-3) followed by an NC State touchdown (7-3), UCF touchdown (7-10), and another NC State touchdown (14-10). After that UCF was never able to retake control of the lead.

The football in this game was imminently watchable. There were only two turnovers in the entire game. NC State lost a fumble and UCF threw an interception. NC State's first touchdown came on a cool trick play where their Running Back Shadrach Thornton threw the touchdown pass instead of the Quarterback. Opening their first drive of the fourth quarter  NC State Wide Receiver Bo Hines threw a pass to Quarterback Jacoby Brissett for 20 yards and a first down.

During UCF's comeback run in the fourth quarter, their flirtation with cool an novel plays didn't treat them as kindly. With a single minute and 44 seconds left in the game they scored a touch down bringing the score to 34-27, if they could get another possession they could still win with another touchdown followed by a two point conversion. The UCF Knights went for an onside kick with the hope of getting that one more possession and a chance to score, but NC State recovered and were able to run out the clock to cement their victory. It was a thrilling end to a hard fought game. Turns out these teams in spite of their differences in regular season records and their standing in their conference were rather evenly matched.

The great difference maker in this game was NC State's pair of running backs, Shadrach Thornton and Matt Dayes. Thornton carried the ball for 96 yards and threw a touchdown pass, while Dayes ran for 78 yards and ran in two of the Wolfpack's four touchdowns. By contrast the entire UCF Knights team only managed 82 total yards from running the football.

At the quarterback position NC State Quarterback Jacoby Brissett was efficient averaging 10.1 yards a catch and throwing 15 of his 26 passes successfully racking up 262 yards and a single touchdown. UCF's Justin Holman threw for 291 yards and all three UCF touchdowns, but to do that he had to throw the ball 53 times for which the ball was caught only 23 times by his team averaging 5.5 yards and it was caught by the other team once.

That one interception ended up being incredibly damaging to UCF's chances for success. At the start of the play the ball was smack dab in the middle of the field at the 50 yard line and there were 9 minutes left on the clock.. Holman threw deep, a full 37 yards to NC State Freshman Defenseman Josh Jones who returned the ball those same 37 yards back to the 50 yard line before he was stopped. NC State's following drive didn't end in a score. They ended up punting the ball away, but NC State managed to burn 2 minutes and 47 seconds off of the game clock. By the time UCF had possession of the ball again they were all of the way back to their own 20 yard line and had just under six and a third minutes left. The loss of time and field position that followed the interception critically hindered UCF's chances of getting the win in their fourth quarter comeback effort.

Brissett would end up winning the game's most valuable player award for his solid performance, and UCF wide receiver John Reese ended up winning his team's consolation equivalent after catching 6 balls for 75 yards and all three UCF touchdowns. Here's how this bowl compares to past incarnations:

  • Together the teams covered 860 yards for the second most in this bowl's history after last year's East Carolina – Ohio Matchup
  • This was the second best attended with 26,675 in attendance coming in after 2009's matchup between Rutgers and UCF.
  • UCF now has an all time losing record in this bowl with a win in 2012 over Ball State and losses in 2009 to Rutgers and this 2014 loss to NC State.
  • By virtue of this being their sole appearance in this particular Bowl game NC State is now undefeated in appearances here.

BitPay ran two three television ads during the game in addition to other marketing efforts that included buying naming rights for this game.

7 thoughts on “Bitcoin Bowl Recap: NC State Wins (34-27)

    • Maybe I missed it taking a piss? The Bitcoin Bowl was a football game. The story is the football game. When it was the Beef O' Brady's bowl the story was still the football game and not the Beef O' Brady's ads. The story also wasn't how the turf looked.

  1. "Maybe I missed it taking a piss?" Really? "The Bitcoin Bowl was a football game." "The story is the football game." Qntra into football games reporting now are they? I would have thought that Bitcoin had something to do with it and as you yourself referenced the advertisment count, I was pleased to read that someone at least had watched the entire thing and was able to provide a more accurate statement on BitPays visual presence.

    Regardless though, your response to a commenters factual statement, will do more harm for Qntra than you realise. People don't come here for your smarmy replies or football news.

    • The thing is BitPay really did sponsor a football game, and it ended up being a very good football game between two well matched teams. A number of other outlets go into detail on all of the nuances of BitPay's advertising before and after the game. That and the most convenient time to take a piss during a game is during one of the many commercial breaks.

      Here. In this particular post, the point is BitPay ended up getting a hell of a great game. A large part of that is the details of the game itself, and why the Bitcoin Bowl was notable as a football game. The overlap between football fans looking for a recap and the general population interested in Bitcoin may be small, but there's probably people following Bitcoin who might be interested in knowing if the football aspect of the game was any good.

      • I understand the need for some people to watch others kick a dead cow hide (or plastic?) around a paddock, each to their own and all of that. And I also know that most media covering Bitcoin related things go into details over irrelevancies much of the time.

        Here. In this particular post, the point is, that you mentioned the advert count –only to get it wrong. And when someone took the time to give the correct count, instead of thanking them for what you missed, or letting it ride.. we get to hear about your 'piss'.

        BitPays connection to this event is the only reason this article is here at Qntra at all, no? BitPays connection to this event is the only reason I read it and I have a clearer view of it because someone else (bitteractor) and not the writer, watched it all.

        I do however, hold Qntra in high regard and hope that the quality of responses from the writers encourages more feedback from the readers, and not less.

        Cheers.

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