Oct. 24, 2012
Raleigh, N.C. -
NC State head coach Tom O’Brien and company will be going for their sixth straight win against rival North Carolina on Saturday. The Wolfpack has defeated the Tar Heels each of the past five years, tying State’s longest previous winning streak over UNC (1988-92).
Here is a look at each of those previous five victories.
2007: After a DeMario Pressley interception set the Pack up at the UNC 25-yard line with 5:38 left and the Pack down 27-24, Jamelle Eugene capped an 8-play drive with a 1-yard TD run with 1:41 left to help the Pack to a 31-27 win in Carter-Finley.
With 20 seconds to play, the Tar Heels had first-and-goal at the NC State 7-yard line, knocking on the door for a game-winning touchdown. But UNC quarterback T.J. Yates threw three consecutive incomplete passes. On fourth down, Yates threw a fade pass to Hakeem Nicks in the end zone that was intercepted out of bounds by cornerback Jimmie Sutton III to end the Tar Heel threat.
2007 Top Performer: Jamelle Eugene
Sophomore running back finished the day with 32 rushes for 159 yards and 3 touchdowns.
2008: NC State led from the start, and turned a 10-3 halftime lead into a 41-10 win over the No. 25-ranked Tar Heels in Chapel Hill. The 31-point victory was the largest for the Pack over the Tar Heels since 1989.
The NC State defense intercepted three passes and recovered two fumbles, while the special teams caused a fumble on a kickoff return.
2008 Top Performer: Russell Wilson
Redshirt freshman QB was 17-of-28 for 279 yards and 2 TD passes, also added 50 rushing yards.
2009: Owen Spencer caught a pair of second-half touchdown passes, including the gamewinner from 38 yards out at the beginning of the fourth quarter as NC State won 28-27 at Cater-Finley.
UNC came on to try a 38-yarder with four and a half minutes to play, but senior Alan-Michael Cash tipped the ball at the line of scrimmage and it never reached the goal line. The Tar Heels had one final chance to regain the lead, taking over on downs at its own 28-yard line with 23 seconds to play. But Yates’ pass down the sidelines was intercepted by Wolfpack senior safety Clem Johnson.
NC State was without offensive coordinator Dana Bible, who was diagnosed earlier in the week with a form of leukemia and watched the game from his isolated hospital room UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill.
2009 Top Performers: Owen Spencer and Russell Wilson
Wilson was 20-of-27 for 259 yards and 4 Tds, while Spencer caught 4 passes for 130 yards and 2 Tds.
2010: In perhaps the most memorable game during the current stretch, big plays in the final 16 minutes led the Pack to a 29-25 win at Chapel Hill.
NC State scored a pair of touchdowns on two spectacular plays in the second half -- a fourth-and-goal Hail Mary pass and an 87-yard punt return by junior T.J. Graham to give the Packs its first lead of the day at 24-19 less then a minute into the fourth quarter.
After a 24-yard field goal by Josh Czajkowski, UNC responded with a TD pass with 1:05 left to pull within 27-25. The Tar Heels onside kick failed, but a quick three and out gave UNC the ball back at its own 5-yard line with 36 seconds left. But a Terrell Manning scored a safety by sacking Yates on second down to preserve the victory.
2010 Top Performer: Owen Spencer
The senior had 5 catches for 92 yards and 1 TD.
2011: The NC State defense dominated all phases of the game, as the Pack won 13-0 last season in Carter-Finley. It was the first shutout over UNC for the Pack since 1960, and only the sixth time the Pack had shutout the Tar Heels in 101 match-ups.
The Pack’s defense limited the Tar Heels to 32 yards of total offense in the first half, and T.J. Graham’s 12-yard TD catch from Mike Glennon in the first quarter was the game’s lone touchdown. Freshman Niklas Sade would tack on field goals of 24 and 26 yards for the Pack for the final margin of victory.
2011 Top Performers: NC State defense
The NC State defense held the UNC offense to just 165 total yards, including just 3 rushing yards. The defense finished with three interceptions, four sacks, and six tackles for loss.
Here are a look at the stats over the last 5 seasons:
• NC State has defeated a ranked UNC team twice in the current winning streak, No. 25 UNC in 2008 and No. 23 UNC in 2009.
• NC State has won the time of possession battle in all five contests, as the Pack has averaged 34 minutes of possession time compared to 26 for UNC.
• NC State has never lost the turnover battle during the current streak, and only twice (2007, 2010) have the teams tied in turnovers. The Pack has only 4 in the 5 games, compared to 14 for UNC.
• NC State has never lost a fumble, while UNC has lost 5.
• NC State has the only special teams touchdown (a T.J. Graham punt return in 2010), while UNC has the only two defensive touchdowns (a pair of INT returns in 2007).
• The Pack's rushing defense has held UNC under 60 yards in 4 of the 5 wins, including under 15 yards in 3 of them (2007: 12, 2010: -7, 2011: 3).