When captain George Bryan caught his 98th career pass, a 14-yarder, on the Wolfpack's first drive, it tied him with former Wolfpack tight end T.J. Williams for the most catches ever by a State tight end. He officially took the lead with a grab in the fourth quarter.
Bryan had two for the game and now has 99 for his career, the 16th-best overall mark in school history.
Pack Defensive Line Thin
NC State entered tonight's game with two red-shirt senior defensive linemen on the sidelines and a third defensive lineman back home in Raleigh. By halftime, one more was down (Brian Slay) and another was hobbled (A.J. Ferguson). Starting weakside linebacker Terrell Manning also missed tonight's game after undergoing knee surgery on Monday.
Amerson Gets Picks
Sophomore cornerback David Amerson picked off his fourth pass of the season in the second quarter tonight. He entered the contest leading the ACC and tied for second nationally with one per game and now has more picks than any other player in the FBS ranks.
Graham Goes Long
Senior wideout T.J. Graham's 87-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter marked the fifth longest reception in school history and the longest since 2005 (Marcus Stone - Brian Clark for 88 yards against Boston College).
Graham now holds the Pack's fifth-longest reception, longest kickoff return (100 yards against Boston College in 2008) and is tied for the third-longest punt return in school history (87 yards at North Carolina in 2010).
Graham now boasts 4,212 all-purpose yards for this career for his career, the 9th-best mark in school history. His 176 receiving yards on the night is the 10th-best single-game total in Wolfpack history and the most since Donald Bowens had 202 versus Virginia in 2007.
Career High for Cole
Audie Cole's 15 tackles on the night marks a new single-game best for the linebacker. He had collected 13 twice previously.
Pack Lacks Rushing Game vs. Bearcats
The Wolfpack managed -26 rushing yards in tonight's loss to Cincinnati, the lowest tally since collecting -13 in 1987 against South Carolina. That's the lowest mark under Tom O'Brien.