N.C. State exhausted all but 1,700 of the 13,500 tickets in its allotment for the Champs Sports Bowl, senior associate athletic director Chris Kingston said Tuesday.
Kingston said a large number of N.C. State fans also bought tickets directly from the bowl. He said school officials heard from many fans who bought tickets but were unable to travel as a result of the snowstorm that hit North Carolina this week, but the Wolfpack still had a strong showing in the stands.
N.C. State athletic director Debbie Yow took Maryland to the Champs Sports Bowl four years earlier and was eager to take the Wolfpack to the game. She said the bowl experience in Orlando is even better now after the bowl moved up in the ACC selection order. She also was pleased with the response of N.C. State's fans.
"I'm grateful they bought so many tickets, because it reinforces our reputation as a good traveling team," Yow said.
Senior wide receiver Jarvis Williams, playing his final game with the Wolfpack in his hometown, was fired up Tuesday.
On N.C. State's first-quarter touchdown drive, Williams caught three passes for 37 yards. After a 22-yard reception on the drive, he got up and had some choice words for the West Virginia player whose hard but clean hit drove him to the turf.
After averaging the fewest penalty yards in the ACC (46.2 yards per game) this season, N.C. State committed two 15-yard fouls in the opening eight minutes.
An offensive pass interference penalty ruined a promising Wolfpack opening drive. West Virginia's second possession opened with a pass interference penalty against C.J. Wilson.
N.C. State stayed in Orlando for the night following the bowl game. The team plans to return to the Murphy Center football complex in Raleigh at about 12:30 p.m. today.