RALEIGH, N.C. – North Carolina (0-2 overall, 0-1 ACC) and NC State (1-1, 0-1) are set for a rivalry battle to kickoff Saturday at noon. The game will be televised regionally by Jefferson-Pilot. Stay tuned to Inside Carolina for a full post-game report from Carter-Finley Stadium...
In the fourth most played series in ACC history, the Tar Heels hold the series lead 61-27-6, while maintaining a 27-11-4 mark on the road. UNC has won nine of the last 12 meetings, including a string of seven straight from '93 to '99.
Carolina's defense (74th) actually passed the offense (80th) in this week's NCAA statistical rankings. Its scoring defense, which is allowing 20.5 points per game is ranked 47th.
In his first two career starts, UNC quarterback Matt Baker has thrown for 280 yards (Georgia Tech) and 281 (Wisconsin). He leads the ACC in total offense (286.0), passing yardage (280.5) and yards per completion (16.5).
Wide receiver Jesse Holley had five catches for a career-high 90 yards in last week's loss to the Badgers, and has had at least four catches in four straight games. Cohort Jarwarski Pollock is just four catches shy of becoming the Tar Heels' all-time receptions leader.
According to Sagarin this week, Carolina's schedule is the fourth toughest in the country.
In the Wolfpack's last outing, rookie tailback Toney Baker ran for two touchdowns and caught a scoring pass as the Wolfpack scored 31 first quarter points en route to a 54-10 win over Eastern Kentucky. The victory snapped a four-game home losing streak.
Ranked second in the ACC in total defense, State has not allowed an opponent to total 300 yards of offense in six consecutive contests – allowing an average of 213.2 yards per game during that span. And over its last four games, the Wolfpack have only allowed opposing quarterbacks to complete 35 percent of their passes.
Quarterback Jay Davis has passed for 200 yards or more in nine of his last 10 games for 2,318 yards and 12 touchdowns.