Red tide: N.C. State fans prove dominant at bowl

The results are in: The fans of North Carolina State University overwhelmed USF fans at the Meineke Car Care Bowl. Bank of America Stadium was full of Wolfpack fans wearing red during the Bulls’ 14-0 loss.

The few patches of green and gold in the stadium toward the USF endzone did not seem to affect the NC State Wolfpack as they scored the only two touchdowns of the game in the second quarter right in front of many of the USF marching band.

The Bulls could have taken the lead early on to gain momentum in the first quarter, but USF kicker Kyle Bronson missed a field goal wide left toward the USF endzone. This was a prelude of events to come, as every time the Bulls had momentum and their fans were getting loud, the Wolfpack gained the momentum back, usually with their stifling defense forcing turnovers.

Of the 57,937 fans in attendance, it is estimated that only about 5,000 of them were supporting the Bulls. Every time the Wolfpack gained a first down, the stadium announcer said, “That’s another Wolfpack…” and nearly everyone in the stadium replied “First down!”

However, the Bulls weren’t seeing red, because even with all the N.C. State fans, it didn’t stop players such as defensive end Terrence Royal from trying to pump up the USF fans.