Even the Wolfpack's fifth-year seniors have no idea what it feels like to lose to the rival Tar Heels. State has now won five in a row over UNC and is 5-0 with Tom O'Brien as head coach.
The winning streak by the Wolfpack ties as the longest in the 101-year history of the series. Dick Sheridan led his State teams to victories over the Tar Heels five straight times from 1988-1992.
DEFENSE PITCHES SHUTOUT
NC State earned its first shutout since the final contest of the 2005 season, a 14-0 win over South Florida in the Meineke Car Care Bowl, and the first under head coach Tom O'Brien. The shutout is also the first at home since the opener in 2004 (42-0 over Richmond), and the first in ACC play since 2001 (Virginia, 24-0).
The Pack shutout North Carolina for the first time since 1960 (3-0), and for the sixth time in 101 matchups.
TAKING AWAY THE RUN
For the second straight year, the NC State defense held the Tar Heels rushing game in check. In last year's win, North Carolina posted -7 yards rushing for the game. This year, that total increased for UNC, but only to 3 yards. The Pack's previsous low for rushing yards by an opponent this season was 101 against Wake Forest.
PACK GETS PICKS
NC State continued to have an eye for balls thrown by the opposition today, as the Pack recorded three interceptions on the day (NCSU came into the game ranked second nationally with 16 picks). Earl Wolff, David Amerson and Darryl Cato-Bishop all picked off passes. The Pack has now pulled in 19 interceptions in 2011, the most since 19 in 1998.
AMERSON SECOND IN ACC HISTORY
With his ninth interception of the season, sophomore David Amerson moved into a tie for second-place in ACC history in that category, tying 2010 national leader Jayron Hosley of Virginia Tech. Amerson is just two shy of tying the single-season league mark set by UNC's Dre Bly in 1996, when he had 11 picks.
With his interception today, Amerson broke the school record for most INTs in a season that was set by Art Rooney in both 1937 and 1938.
PACK SCORES IN FIRST
For the first time since the Central Michigan game on October 8, the Wolfpack got on the board in the first quarter today. NC State was held scoreless in the opening frame in the win at Virginia and the loss at Florida State. It also marked the first time this season the Wolfpack had scored in the first quarter versus an ACC opponent.
GRAHAM GETS NO CHANCE
Senior T.J.Graham lacked only 76 yards to set the ACC career kickoff return record heading into today's game. After UNC won the toss and deferred to the second half, Graham tallied a 21-yard return. That would end up being his only chance of the game to set the record.
Graham now boasts 2,929 yards and lacks just 54 yards of breaking the league mark set by Torrey Smith of Maryland, who had 123 returns for 2,983 yards from 2008-10.
BAUMANN PINS 'EM DEEP
Freshman punter Wil Baumann might have been the most valuable performer in today's Wolfpack win. Baumann punted seven times for a 37.9 average, but pinned the Tar Heels inside their own 10 yardline four times.
IT'S A RUSH
James Washington went over the century mark for the third time this season, finishing with 110 rushing yards. That mark is the most 100-yard rushing games for a Pack RB since Jamelle Eugene also had three in 2007.