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    1972 Peach Bowl Recap

    NC State 49, West Virginia 13
    December 29, 1972
    Fulton County Stadium • Atlanta, Ga.

    Freshman quarterback Dave Buckey, a surprise starter, led the Wolfpack to a 49-13 Peach Bowl victory over West Virginia. Buckey was forced into a starting role when first-string quarterback Bruce Shaw broke his arm in practice. Buckey responded by hitting on eight of 13 passes for 139 yards and two touchdowns, and he also scored a rushing touchdown.

    The young quarterback’s first scoring strike came in the opening period, with Coach Lou Holtz’s Wolfpack trailing 6-0. Buckey connected with his twin brother, Don, on a 37-yard scoring play. It was Don’s first touchdown reception, and only the second passing touchdown of Dave’s collegiate career.

    West Virginia came back with another touchdown late in the first period to take a 13-7 lead, but then the Mountaineers were hit by a Wolfpack avalanche.

    Fullback Stan Fritts launched the rout with a four-yard touchdown run late in the second period. The score, which was the first of three touchdowns on the night for Fritts, gave State a 14-13 edge at halftime.

    The Wolfpack came out quickly in the second half, scoring 21 third-quarter points to wrap up the contest. Dave Buckey got the first touchdown on a two-yard run, and Fritts followed with scoring carries of one and four yards.

    Buckey tacked on his second touchdown pass when he found Pat Hovance in the end zone from 14 yards out early in the final period.

    The scoring was completed when senior quarterback Gary Clements came off the bench to guide the Pack through a 94-yard, 11-play touchdown drive. The big play was a 62-yard run by Charlie Young. Willie Burden carried the ball the final seven yards for the touchdown.

    For the game, State rushed 61 times for 337 yards, while limiting WVU to 91 yards on 37 attempts. Leading the way for the Pack was the swift Burden, who gained 116 yards on 20 carries.

    West Virginia 13 0 0 0 13
    NC State 7 7 21 14 49



    WVU FG Nester 27
    WVU FG Nester 39
    NCSU Don Buckey 37 pass from Dave Buckey (Sewell kick)
    WVU Buggs 4 pass from Galiffa (Nester kick)
    NCSU Fritts 4 run (Sewell kick)
    NCSU Dave Buckey 2 run (Sewell kick)
    NCSU Fritts 1 run (Sewell kick)
    NCSU Fritts 4 run (Sewell kick)
    NCSU Hovance 14 pass from Dave Buckey (Sewell kick)
    NCSU Burden 7 run (Sewell kick)

    First Downs 15 27
    Rushes-Yards 37-91 61-337
    Passing Yards 134 198
    Comp-Att-Int 16-34-0 11-21-2
    Fumbles-Lost 2-2 1-1
    Penalties-Yards 6-61 2-10
    Punting 5-33.2 2-34.5

    Rushing - (WVU) Marbury 13-69
                   (NCSU) Burden 20-116
    Passing - (WVU) Galiffa 16-32-0, 184
                  (NCSU) Dave Buckey 8-13-1, 139
    Receiving - (WVU) Buggs 2-51
                     (NCSU) Don Buckey 4-70

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