The practice facility in which Perry Simmons played as a kid was in Raleigh, where his father, Brette Simmons, was an N.C. State assistant football coach under Dick Sheridan and Mike O'Cain from 1987-99. On Saturday, Simmons, playing right tackle for Duke, will line up for the first time against the Wolfpack when the Blue Devils play N.C. State at Wallace Wade Stadium.
Overcoming an early 10-point deficit and temporary injuries to both their quarterbacks, the Tar Heels (3-5, 2-3) pulled out a 27-19 win Saturday at N.C. State, their first victory in Raleigh since 2005. Afterwards, UNC coach Larry Fedora — who joined Ray Wolf, George Barclay and Carl Torbush as the only UNC coaches to win their first two games against the Wolfpack — said it was important to be known as “THE” team in North Carolina.
North Carolina’s defense has gone from a liability to an asset in the past two weeks thanks to its ability to shut down the opponent’s passing game. After giving up just 59 yards in the air last week against Boston College, the Tar Heels limited N.C. State to 176 passing yards and intercepted two passes in a 27-19 win Saturday at Carter-Finley Stadium.
UNC broke a five-game losing streak against the Wolfpack last year, when Giovani Bernard scored the winning points on a punt return with 13 seconds left. Now the Tar Heels look to end an eight-year losing streak in Raleigh when the Triangle rivals square off today at Carter-Finley Stadium (12:30 p.m., WRAL).
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It’s no coincidence that UNC (2-5, 1-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) is coming off two of its best offensive performances of the season, including last weekend’s 34-10 win against Boston College.
The Wolfpack has won two of three games against Florida State since Jimbo Fisher took over the program, including a 17-16 upset in 2012 after Florida State rose to No. 3 in the nation. That loss immediately ended any Seminole national championship hopes.
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A week after running for 323 yards against No. 3 Clemson, the Orange ran for 362 yards against the injury-ravaged Wolfpack (3-3, 0-3). The Orange’s 9.1 yards per carry Saturday was the second-best total in program history with at least 40 attempts.
N.C. State didn't play well in its first road game under new coach Dave Doeren. The Wolfpack could get a boost for Saturday's home game against Syracuse if starting quarterback Brandon Mitchell is healthy enough to play.
Tanner Price threw three touchdown passes and ran for a score to help Wake Forest beat North Carolina State 28-13 on Saturday, extending its mastery of the Wolfpack at home.
The Wolfpack (3-1, 0-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) last won in Winston-Salem in 2001, going through three eventual NFL starting quarterbacks and firing a pair of coaches during that five-game skid.
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Shadrach Thornton got his starting job back for N.C. State Saturday — and did his best to keep it. Thornton and freshman Matt Dayes each had long scoring runs during the four-touchdown second quarter that propelled the Wolfpack past Central Michigan 48-14 on Saturday.