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October 22, 2012

NCSU-UNC Capsule

Game Day
Line: North Carolina by 7
Date: Saturday, October 27, 2012
Time: 12:30 PM
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C. - Kenan Stadium (63,000)
TV: ACC Network (Watch Online | TV Affiliates)
Announcers: Tim Brandt (play-by-play), Dave Archer (color analyst) & Mike Hogewood (sideline)
Radio: Tar Heel Sports Network; SiriusXM (Sirius 136, XM 191)
Announcers: Jones Angell (play-by-play), Rick Steinbacher (color analyst) & Lee Pace (sideline)
Weather: Chapel Hill Forecast

N.C. State At A Glance
Location: Raleigh, North Carolina
Nickname: Wolfpack
Colors: Red & White
Conference: ACC
Stadium: Carter-Finley Stadium (57,583)
Surface: Natural Grass
2011 Record: 8-5 (4-4)
2012 Record: 5-2 (1-1)
More on the Wolfpack: Schedule - Statistics - Roster - Message Boards - Media Guide

LAST GAME
N.C. STATE: PK Niklas Sade connected on a 43-yard field goal with 32 seconds remaining, and the Wolfpack survived a missed field goal by the Terps with two seconds left for a key Atlantic Division road win.

NORTH CAROLINA: QB Sean Renfreefound WR Jamison Crowder with a 5-yard touchdown pass with 13 seconds remaining, lifting the Blue Devils to a thrilling win over rival North Carolina in a Saturday night battle at Wallace Wade Stadium. Duke not only defeated the Tar Heels for the first time since 2003 and for the first time at home since 1988, it grabbed sole possession of first place in the ACC's Coastal Division and clinched bowl eligibility for the first time since 1994.

N.C. State-North Carolina Series
North Carolina leads the series with NC State, 63-32-6, but has dropped five straight. The Tar Heels five-game losing streak matches the longest in the series. Carolina also dropped five in a row from 1988-92. The Carolina-NC State series is the fourth-most played in ACC history. Carolina is part of four of the five most played series in ACC history. The team that has held the rushing advantage has won 18 of the last 20 meetings. The lone exceptions came in 2004 when Carolina won 30-24, but was outgained on the ground, 304-164, and in 2009 when Carolina had 159 rushing yards to NC State's 76.

Top 25 Rankings
N.C. STATE: AP: NR USA Today: NR
NORTH CAROLINA: AP: NR USA Today: NR

Coaches
N.C. STATE: Tom O'Brien (38-32 at NCSU; 113-77 Overall)
NORTH CAROLINA: Larry Fedora (5-3 at UNC; 39-22 Overall)

N.C. State-North Carolina Notes
NCSU: NC State snapped a streak of 16 consecutive road losses to ACC Atlantic Division opponents with Saturday's 20-18 victory at Maryland.

NCSU: After starting the season 2-of-5 on field goals, PK Niklas Sade has been a perfect 5-of-5 over the last four games.

NCSU: Junior CB David Amerson recorded his 17th career interception in the second quarter vs. Maryland. It was the fourth interception of the season for Amerson, who moved into sole possession of first place in the NC State record books for most career INTs, and also has the most career INTs in the NCAA among active players.

NCSU: When NC State sophomore WR Bryan Underwood scored on a 68-yard TD pass play against Maryland Saturday, it marked the 7th straight game that Underwood has recorded a pass reception for a touchdown. That is an NC State school record and is two games shy of the ACC mark set by Virginia's Herman Moore in 1990. Underwood has only 18 catches on the season but eight of them have gone for scores.

NCSU: Mike Glennon finished with 307 yards passing last Saturday, his 5th career game over 300 yards. Glennon is now third all-time in most career 300-yard passing games at NC State.

NCSU/UNC: North Carolina and NC State will meet this Saturday for the 102nd time in the 118-year old series which began in 1894 in Chapel Hill. The series is the 4th most-played series among ACC teams and is tied for the 6th longest continuous series as the two teams have played every year since 1953.

UNC: North Carolina sophomore TB Giovani Bernard ranks 5th nationally in rushing averaging 132.5 yards per game. In his last three games, Bernard has run for 582 yards, an average of 194.0 yards per game, while averaging 7.9 yards per carry. Bernard also ranks 5th nationally in punt return average (17.5) and 4th in all-purpose yardage (199.0).

UNC: WR Erik Highsmith ranks sixth all-time at UNC with 151 receptions. He needs two catches to pass Dwight Jones (152) and move into fifth place and five to move ahead of Corey Holliday (155) and into fourth place.

UNC: Eric Ebron has 467 yards receiving and has moved past Mike Chatham (448 in 1979) as the UNC single-season record holder in receiving yards by a tight end. He currently has 31 receptions and needs five catches to tie Ryan Taylor for most receptions by a tight end (36 in 2010).

UNC: Carolina is +5 in turnover margin this season, and ranks third in the ACC and 35th in the nation.

Team notes courtesy of the ACC, N.C. State and UNC Athletic Communications




 

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