East Carolina University’s Deshawn Benton Lays Bone-Crushing Tackle on NC State’s Rashard Smith (GIF)

They may not be ranked, but they’re playing like it’s a bowl game.

It’s a down year for the NC State Wolfpack. The team is 0-7 in the ACC and only 3-7 overall. On Saturday, the Wolfpack faced off against inter-state rival, and scourge of Conference USA, Eastern Carolina University. After a back-and-forth first quarter, the Pirates began dominating the game in more ways than just on the scoreboard.

As the first half was winding down, NC State’s Rashard Smith tried to turn a ball upfield for some last yards on a punt return.  Unfortunately for him, Deshawn Benton was there, waiting and ready.

Check out the GIF below and see if you can pinpoint the moment where Smith realizes he should’ve just run it out of bounds.

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GIF via GIFD Sports

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