The Bitcoin Bowl is almost upon us ladies and gentlemen, and I’m sure many of our readers are very excited about this event. I am as well, even though it’s almost 2AM local time here in Belgium, and I’m pulling an all-nighter just for you guys. Been awake since 6AM this morning so this will be brutal, but I have to be a part of this.
During the game, I will try to live blog as much as possible. Most of it will be Bitcoin related, but I’ll throw in some sports bits as well. After all, the main focus should be on the great game we are about to see! I do wonder if we will see a Bitcoin commercial air on ESPN during the game breaks though… Do keep in mind I am watching the ESPN broadcast, and not attending the event live.
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UPDATE 2AM ; Looks like the Quick Lane Bowl is going over their allotted time slot due to a very unfortunate injury to a North Carolina player. It looks very serious and I hope he will be okay. Thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.
UPDATE 2:10AM : Rutgers won the Quick Lane Bowl. Awesome. Get on with the #BitcoinBowl already ESPN!
UPDATE 2:15AM : THis field looks in a bit of a rough shape, but those BitPay logos look SWEET! Here we go folks! #BitcoinBowl UCF will receive the ball first and we start off the game with a toucback.
UPDATE 2:20AM : I will never get tired of seeing the official Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl logo especially at midfield. I want to take that logo out for dinner, grab a movie with it and then take it hoe with me to cuddle up against. UCF is at the NC State 30 yard line and heading towards the end zone.
UPDATE 2:22AM : Field goal attempt by UCF is good, as they take a 0-3 lead against NC State.
UPDATE 2:30AM : NC State is inside the end zone and scores the first touchdown of the game. What a throw by the quarterback! Although that catch was excellent as well! #BitcoinBowl
UPDATE 2:33AM ; WE HAVE A BITCOIN COMMERCIAL ON ESPN DURING THE GAMEBREAK! Awesome BitPay commercial. Woo! I just marked out in real life at the age of 29.
UPDATE 2:40AM : A second BitPay commercial airs. I am getting so excited I am almost squealing.
UPDATE 2:49AM : The first quarter is over already? Holy balls. NC State leads UCF by 7-3. We see another BitPay commercial airing. Lovely Russian accents. More sprinkles!
UPDATE 2:51AM : Still no QR codes in crowd shots. Surely someone brought one?
UPDATE 2:55AM : Lots of banter going on on Twitter, #BitcoinBowl is trending worldwide as we speak. I’m sure we can make it the #1 worldwide trend!
UPDATE 2:58AM : UCF has a first down in the end zone. Can they convert it to a touchdown this time? #BitcoinBowl
UPDATE 3:00AM : UCF scores a touchdown as Josh Reese catches a 5 yard throw by Justin Holman. NC State 7 UCF 10 #BitcoinBowl
UPDATE 3:02 AM : A Gyft commercial airs. No audible mention of Bitcoin in this commercial, but a “We accept Bitcoin” image is shown. Chalk it up as half a win, shall we?
UPDATE 3:10AM : Touchdown for NC State, as Jonathan Alston catches a long thow from Jacoby Brissett. Excellent pocket protection. NC State 14 UCF 10
UPDATE 3:27AM : NC State scores a field goal and extends the lead to 17 against 10.
UPDATE 3:32AM : My cat woke up all of a sudden, scared the crap out of me.
UPDATE 3:43AM: NC State was getting close to either a touchdown or a field goal, yet Brissett got sacked. End of the first half. Awesome game, excellent BitPay commercials, I’m having a blast !
UPDATE 4:03AM : We kick off the second half of the Bitcoin Bowl.
UPDATE 4:10AM : NC State scores another touchdown and the score is now 24-10. During the commercial break, we see a NewEgg commercial where another “Bitcoin Accepted” logo appears at the end. Awesome promo work so far, really enjoying it.
UPDATE 4:16AM : UCF is unsuccessful in getting a first down and punts the ball.
UPDATE 4:20AM : BrIssett got zerged from all sides and loses the ball. Ruling on the field is a fumble, but NC State keeps the ball.
UPDATE 4:22AM : Another fumble by NC State, and UCF recovers the ball! First turnover of the #BitcoinBowl is in the books.
UPDATE 4:24AM : UCF converts a 3rd & 10 Into a 4th & 2 into a first down!
UPDATE 4:26 AM: UCF scores a field goal, and brings the score to 24-13, advatage NC State. During the commercial break, we see the first BitPay commercial air for the second time. Still awesome!
UPDATE 4:37AM : NC State scores a running touchdown by Matt Daze. UCF is down 31-13 with 3 minutes left in the third quarter.
UPDATE 4:42AM : UCF hits another three and out and is forced to punt the ball again.
UPDATE 4:49AM : The third quarter comes to an end.
UPDATE 4:54AM : UFC keeps racking up the three and outs. This game appears to be in the books, all they can do now is try and stop the bleeding.
UPDATE 4:58AM : NC State scores a field goal and brings the score to 34-13 with just over 13 minutes left in the final quarter.
UPDATE 5:06AM : Will have to skip the trophy ceremony, as it airs on ESPN3, which I can not watch over here unfortunately.
UPDATE 5:08AM : UCF dodged a bullet as they convert a 3rd & 16 into a first down. The next play sees UCF score their second touchdown of the game, making the score 34-20 , advantage NC State.
UPDATE 5:24AM : On 3rd and long, the Justin Holman’s pass is intercepted by NC State’s H. Jones, who runs it back to midfield. With just 9 minutes left on the clock, UCF is in dire straits.
UPDATE 5:29AM: UCF attempts to convert a 4th&1 with 5:18 left on the game clock, and they succeed. Can UCF make a comeback and score 14 points or more in under 5 minutes?
UPDATE 5:31AM : UCF cannot covert the 3rd&10. The offense stays out to convert a 4th&10 which results in an incomplete pass. 4:32 left on the game clock.
UPDATE 5:37AM : NC State attempts a field goal, but Sade fails to score. 2:56 remains in the 4th quarter, UCF has only 1 time-out to stop the clock.
UPDATE 5:41AM : UCF gets two first downs in quick successions and suddenly invades the end zone. Just under two minutes left, if they can get a touchdown now we will see an interesting final two minutes.
UPDATE 5:44AM : UCF scores a touchdown as Justin Holman throws a behind-the-shoulder pass, bringing the score to 34-27 for NC State. On-site kick is next!
UPDATE 5;56AM : NC State possesses the ball after the on-site kick, which wraps up the game! I’m off to bed now, see you all in a few hours!