Wednesday, December 29, 2010

N.C. State Wins Champs Sports Bowl, Evens ACC Bowl Record At 1-1

If Russell Wilson decides to forgo an early departure to play professional baseball, there is simply no telling how good N.C. State might be next football season.

Wilson put on a “Vickian” show last night with his arms and his legs while throwing for 275 yards and two touchdowns to lead N.C. State past No. 22 West Virginia 23-7.

Now comes decision time for Wilson.

“I want to be a starting quarterback in the NFL one day,” Wilson said. “And I want to be a starting second baseman in Major League Baseball one day.”

Wilson also had 41 yards rushing, Josh Czajkowski made three field goals and the Wolfpack (9-4) won nine games for the first time since 2002.

Geno Smith had 196 yards passing and an injured Noel Devine ran for 50 yards for the Mountaineers (9-4), whose five second-half turnovers ended any hopes of a cheerful send-off for some of Bill Stewart’s staff.

Wilson, who earned the bowl’s MVP honor, may very well have played his last football game for the Wolfpack but hasn’t set a schedule on when he will make his final decision. He spent much of the summer playing second base in the Colorado Rockies’ minor-league system, and his career in baseball has always seemed more promising.

Wilson was 28 for 45, had no interceptions and shredded a West Virginia defense that had been solid. It was the most points that the Mountaineers—who had never given up more than 21—allowed all season.

“We’ve got to try to persuade him to come back,” running back James Washington said.

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