Nov. 7, 2001
By Tony Haynes
While brother Torry celebrated with NC State fans in the aftermath of the Wolfpack's 55-31 football victory over Duke on Saturday, Terrence Holt walked slowly off the Wallace Wade Stadium field with a big ice pack propped up against his neck.
The wince on the junior safety's face pretty much told the story. The pain in his neck was nearly unbearable.
"On the last play I landed on it, but previously in the first quarter we were gang tackling and one of our players came in and hit me in the neck area," Holt said. "I had previously hurt my neck going back to last year. I've been fighting it. I landed awkwardly on it while trying to break up a pass on one of their receivers."
Holt's injury, listed as a neck strain, has made him questionable for this Saturday's game at Florida State. But in a reference to Holt's toughness, Wolfpack head coach Chuck Amato said during his weekly press conference, "I know number nine will play. Number nine won't miss anything."
Certainly, Holt's much celebrated ability to play with pain could be put to the test this week.
"I'm getting better every day," Holt said on Wednesday. "This morning I had a little more movement in my neck. I'm still taking my medicine and they say by Thursday it should be kicking in pretty well. I'm going to try to do something out there today in practice and see where I am. I know I won't go through any contact. I'm just going to try to get loose and do some running."
Welcome to November football. There probably won't be a single player on the field this week that won't be feeling some aches and pains. Bruises and joint soreness kind of go with the territory, especially this time of year.
Down in Tallahassee, they would just as soon not see another Holt in town. In 1997, Torry Holt stunned the Seminoles and their fans by catching five touchdown passes at Doak Campbell Stadium. A year later in Raleigh, he proved it wasn't a fluke when he scored two more touchdowns, one on a scintillating punt return that helped the Pack stun FSU 24-7.
Much like his older brother, Terrence Holt never has any problems getting himself mentally prepared to play Florida State.
"You always see Florida State as being the top team in the ACC and you want to measure yourself against them," Holt said. "I think I had a pretty good game against them last year with 15 tackles, a blocked field goal and a caused fumble. It's just a game that's real easy to get up for. They're rolling pretty good and we want to stake our claim in this conference. We just want to get in the national spotlight and what better way to do it than to beat them on their home field."
Winning at Florida State is something that no ACC team has done since the Seminoles joined the league in 1992.
Turnovers Tell a Tale:Since 1992, Florida State is +15 in the turnover margin department in games against NC State (18 by FSU and 33 by the Wolfpack). Amazingly, that margin includes the 1998 game in which Florida State quarterback Chris Weinke threw six interceptions. Pack QB Philip Rivers threw a career-high three picks in last year's game against the 'Noles, a game FSU won convincingly, 58-14.