The Syracuse Orange football team suffered a devastating loss Saturday to the NC State Wolfpack 36-29 after Orange quarterback Rex Culpepper spiked the ball on fourth down in the waning moments of the game.
In the wake of the devastating loss, Culpepper attempted to defend his decision to spike the ball on fourth down, while in the red zone with an attempt to tie the game, to reporters.
“Look, nobody is perfect,” Culpepper explained. “I just remember reading about a game years ago, when the referees gave Colorado a fifth down against Missouri, and they ended up winning because of it.”
“I figured it was worth a shot.”
Syracuse Head Coach Dino Babers said he understood the rationale behind Culpepper’s decision.
“I mean, come on, we had the refs in our pocket in the first half,” Babers said. “After the Wolfpack rallied, on our Senior Day, I just had a hunch that the officials might sneak us an extra down at the end there.”
“I was obviously wrong, and now I’m out 200 bucks.”
Phil McGraw, known as Dr. Phil on television, said he was stunned when he witnessed the outcome of the game.
“The Orange fellas had a chance to win it there at the end, and then their dopey quarterback spikes the ball on fourth down,” McGraw said.
“All I could think to myself was ‘what were you thinking?'”
NC State improves to 7-3 on the season, while Syracuse drops to 1-9.