1975 Peach Bowl Recap
March 26, 2014
West Virginia 13 • NC State 10
After a season full of amazing comebacks, the Wolfpack fell short in the 1975 Peach Bowl and lost to West Virginia, 13-10. The Wolfpack, competing in its fourth consecutive post-season contest, jumped out to a 10-0 lead. On its first possession, State rolled 73 yards for a touchdown, with Rickey Adams tallying on a one-yard run.
The Pack’s next score followed a 54-yard dash by Ted Brown, who was finally pulled down at the West Virginia 26. The Wolfpack moved the ball inside the 10, but was forced to settle for a 21-yard field goal by Jay Sherrill with 53 seconds remaining in the half.
Trailing 10-0, the Mountaineers turned the tide with a quick score prior to intermission. WVU capped the drive with a 39-yard pass from Dan Kendra to Arthur Owens, making the score 10-6 at the half.
The Mountaineers scored the game’s final points on a freak play. Kendra fired a pass over the middle, and two State players tipped the ball before it landed in the hands of WVU’s Scott MacDonald, who juggled the ball and then completed the 50-yard scoring play.
The Wolfpack did make one final charge in Atlanta. Quarterback Dave Buckey took over on his own 11 yard line with 3:49 remaining. Coach Lou Holtz’s Pack worked its way to the West Virginia 33 when a pair of plays doomed the Wolfpack. Buckey was sacked for a nine-yard loss, and on the following play State was called for illegal procedure.
The victory was sweet indeed for WVU coach Bobby Bowden. In the 1972 Peach Bowl, State had ripped Bowden’s Mountaineers 49-13.
The loss overshadowed a fine performance by State’s Ted Brown, who gained 159 yards on 21 carries and also caught two passes for 19 yards.
NCSU Adams 1 run (Sherrill kick)
NCSU FG Sherrill 21
WVU Owens 39 pass from Kendra (kick failed)
WVU MacDonald 50 pass from Kendra (McKenzie kick)