No. 2 Duke won all nine of its regular season games in 1941, beating Tennessee in front of 48,000 fans at what was then called Duke Stadium, now Wallace Wade Stadium. In those nine regular-season games, Duke outscored its opponents 311 to 41. As Ted Mann, Duke’s sports publicist at the time, said, “This team simply beat the hell out of everyone.”
The game felt a lot like the Pirates’ 55-31 win at North Carolina in September. In that one, the Pirates pushed the Tar Heels around on their home field for their first win at Kenan Stadium in nearly four decades. Saturday’s performance marked ECU’s first win at Carter-Finley since 2006 as well as the first time the Pirates have beaten both the Tar Heels and the Wolfpack in the same season.
The Pirates (8-2) travel to N.C. State today (12:30 p.m., WRAL) in the first of two road games to close the regular season. Beating the struggling Wolfpack (3-7) would mark East Carolina’s fifth straight win and send Ruffin McNeill’s squad into next week with even more momentum as it plays for a trip to the Conference USA championship game.
Wednesday night, the crowd at PNC Arena in Raleigh watched NCCU, a low-major Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference team, outdo a squad from the marquee Atlantic Coast Conference for the first time in 14 tries.
N.C. Central won its first game ever against an Atlantic Coast Conference opponent and first in five tries against N.C. State Wednesday night. The Eagles’ historic win — they’re now 1-13 all-time against ACC competition — was fraught with drama. Jeremy Ingram’s missed free throw with 11 seconds left in regulation gave N.C. State, down 63-60, a chance to force overtime, which the Pack did on Patrick Wallace’s tying 3-pointer with 3 seconds left. Ingram came back to be the hero in overtime, however, scoring the first nine points of the extra frame on four free throws, a 3-pointer and a layup as NCCU led 72-63 and eventually eradicated the Wolfpack 82-72.
Andre Williams ran for 339 yards to break Boston College’s career and single-game rushing records, leading the Eagles to a 38-21 victory over N.C. State on Saturday and helping them qualify for a bowl game for the first time in three seasons.
There are seniors on the Boston College football team who were first recruited by Jeff Jagodzinski, inherited by Frank Spaziani and now playing for Steve Addazio. And yet when they play their last home game at Alumni Stadium against N.C. State on Saturday, they will have a chance to qualify for a bowl game.
Sean Kilpatrick scored 21 points and Titus Rubles added 14 as the Cincinnati Bearcats pulled away from North Carolina State in the final minutes for a 68-57 win on Tuesday. Durham native T.J. Warren and Ralston Turner each scored 13 points and Desmond Lee added 10 for N.C. State (1-1).
Duke (7-2, 3-2 ACC) wants to return to Charlotte, but not for the Belk Bowl. The Blue Devils want to go there and play for the league title. Right now they’re in decent position, tied in the loss column with Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech and Miami in the Coastal Division after Virginia Tech’s 42-24 road upset at nationally ranked Miami Saturday night.
Duke's DeVon Edwards is the first Bowl Subdivision player to score three non-offensive touchdowns in the same game in more than a decade. The redshirt freshman returned a kickoff 100 yards in the third quarter, then returned two interceptions for scores on consecutive throws late in the Blue Devils' 38-20 win against N.C. State on Saturday. ... The last FBS player to score three non-offensive touchdowns in the same game was Oklahoma's Antonio Perkins, who returned three punts for scores against UCLA in September 2003, according to STATS LLC. ... Edwards returned the first interception 25 yards for the score with 3:21 left, then followed with a 45-yarder for a second touchdown 16 seconds later. ... The win helped Duke (7-2, 3-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) secure its first winning season since 1994.
Since beating then-No. 16 Virginia Tech 13-10 on the road Oct. 26, Duke (6-2, 2-2 in ACC) has had two weeks to prepare for another test as struggling N.C. State comes to Wallace Wade Stadium today (4 p.m., ESPNU).
The injury situation for Duke cornerback Ross Cockrell and wide receiver Brandon Braxton is better than it was, but their availabilities against visiting N.C. State on Saturday (4 p.m., ESPNU) will be game-time decisions, Duke coach David Cutcliffe said Thursday.
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.