Gottfried apologizes to Wolfpack fans for team's poor play in nonconference loss
Wolfpack build big lead, hold on to top Central Florida
Trevor Lacey scored 13 of his 20 points in the second half and North Carolina State rallied from 18 down to beat Louisiana Tech 73-65 on Tuesday night.
Ralston Turner had career highs of 33 points and eight 3-pointers to help N.C. State beat Tennessee 83-72 on Wednesday night.
This December feels a little more normal for North Carolina State. The Wolfpack say they have a deeper appreciation for their invitation to the Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl after their miserable 2013 — the only year since 2009 that they failed to make the postseason.
Freshman Caleb Martin scored a season-high 17 points in his first start to help North Carolina State beat Charleston Southern 86-50 on Friday night.
Ralston Turner poured in 21 points, including seven during a decisive run to start the second half, as N.C. State eased past Wake Forest 78-65 on Saturday night in the ACC opener for both schools.
Duke, North Carolina and N.C. State among bowl-bound football programs that will learn their ultimate destination beginning at 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Eleven ACC teams are bowl-eligible and that doesn't include national wild-card Notre Dame.
The league is addressing educational costs, loss-of-value insurance and scholarship renewals for its student athletes.
N.C. State defensive tackle T.Y. McGill knocked North Carolina quarterback Marquise Williams out of the game. Days before Saturday’s contest at Kenan Stadium, N.C. State safety Hakim Jones called out Williams as being the sort of signal caller who’d wilt when walloped a few times.
Jacoby Brissett and Shadrach Thornton each ran for touchdowns in huge rushing performances while N.C. State's defense overwhelmed rival North Carolina in a 35-7 win Saturday.
Brissett ran for a career-best 167 yards while Thornton ran for 161 more for the Wolfpack (7-5, 3-5 Atlantic Coast Conference), part of a 388-yard ground game that set a physical tone from the outset.
Brissett threw just 11 passes, through three went for short touchdowns.
Meanwhile, the Wolfpack's defensive front mauled the Tar Heels (6-6, 4-4) in a surprisingly one-sided performance against an offense that had been rolling coming into the game.
UNC finished with 207 total yards, 30 on the ground, and didn't score until getting a meaningless touchdown with 1:48 left.
North Carolina will taste a different flavor of rivalry today when it hosts N.C. State in its season finale Saturday (12:30 p.m., WRAL). The Tar Heels (6-5, 4-3 ACC) for years played Duke to wrap up the season but that’s no longer the case as the ACC has shaken up the schedule and UNC will close out with its other neighbor, the Wolfpack (6-5, 2-5), for the first time since 2009.
Both North Carolina and N.C. State have shaken free from a rough midseason stretches to become bowl eligible. They finish the regular season at Kenan Stadium in Chapel Hill with today’s 104th meeting in their long rivalry (12:30 p.m., WRAL), with each determined to ensure itself a winning record and improved bowl destination.
Trevor Lacey scored 21 points to help N.C. State hold off South Florida 68-65 on Sunday. Cat Barber added 10 points for the Wolfpack, who blew most of an 11-point lead in the final 3 minutes but did just enough to earn the program's first 4-0 start under coach Mark Gottfried.
Matt Dayes ran for 113 yards and scored three touchdowns to help the Wolfpack beat Wake Forest 42-13 on Saturday. Shadrach Thornton ran for 110 yards and a touchdown for N.C. State (6-5, 2-5 Atlantic Coast Conference), which became bowl eligible for the fourth time in five seasons after missing out last year in Dave Doeren’s first season as coach.