North Carolina State’s Bradley Chubb said that he didn’t intentionally spit on Florida State’s logo after the Wolfpack’s 27-21 victory over the 12th-ranked Seminoles on Saturday.
The senior defensive end from Hillgrove High School then took to social media to apologize.
“I let my emotions get the best of me. I have the utmost respect for coach (Jimbo) Fisher and Florida State,” said Chubb in a statement on North Carolina State’s football Twitter account.
Chubb, who had seven tackles, a pair of sacks and a forced fumble, said after the game he didn’t remember doing that and that he always spits when he’s playing. Television cameras caught Chubb jogging to midfield and looking down at the logo as he was spitting.
“It wasn’t intentional at all. It wasn’t celebration. I celebrated with my teammates and then talked to coach (Dave) Doeren. I guess (I) just spit, I really didn’t mean to,” he said.
Chubb wasn’t the only N.C. State player who let his emotions get the best of him. Wide receiver Jakobi Meyers did a flip in the end zone after his 71-yard touchdown in the second quarter gave the Wolfpack a 17-7 lead.
“I’ve just got to work on controlling my emotions. That really hurt us in the long run,” he said. “I’m not saying I’m proud of it, but I’m surprised I did it. It’s bigger than the individual. It was more about that team.”
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Former Walton High School standout Karekin Brooks rushed for 268 yards with three touchdowns on 29 carries and Pennsylvania outlasted Lehigh 65-47 in the 60th meeting between the defending champions of the Patriot and Ivy leagues.
Brooks became the 12th Quaker to rush for 200-plus yards in a game and moved into second on Penn’s single-game rushing record, behind Terrance Stokes’ 272 yards against Princeton in 1993. Brooks also threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to David Ryslik early in the fourth quarter, which made it 56-35.
Penn (2-0) scored consecutive touchdowns 1-minute, 9 seconds apart late in the second quarter to establish a two-touchdown lead it maintained during a second half that saw the teams trade scores on virtually every possession.
Will Fischer-Colbrie finished 13-of-20 for 235 yards and three touchdowns, connecting with Christian Pearson on a 43-yard scoring strike, Logan Sharp from 26 yards and Nicholas Bokun late in the fourth from 21 yards out.
Lehigh (0-4) was led by Brad Mayes, who went 26-of-40 for 444 yards with four touchdowns, but also suffered two interceptions.