NC State isn't just tripping up against Maryland, it's falling down three flights of stairs and landing on its face.
A bowl game is on the line for the Wolfpack, but NC State is tossing it aside with four turnovers as the Pack trail 41-14 in the third quarter. NC State has lost three fumbles and Mike Glennon has thrown one interception.
No, this does not mean Maryland suddenly got better. The Terps have two turnovers of their own. Instead, it means that NC State is squandering an opportunity. At home. Against arguably the worst team in the ACC this year. It's getting ugly in Carter-Finley Stadium, but if you've been following the Pack this year, this shouldn't come as a surprise. NC State has gone up and down like an elevator all season, losing to Boston College and then knocking off then-No. 7 Clemson last week. Some actually expected a letdown today.
That doesn't mean, though, that there is an excuse for one.