UNC-NCSU: Game Notes

Sam Aiken moves to 7th in UNC school history in pass receptions; Durant now 6th in school history in passing yards;

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CHAPEL HILL - The N.C. State Wolfpack went to its power game in the second half and pulled away for a 34-17 victory over rival North before 60,250 fans at sold out Kenan Memorial Stadium.

Here is a look at some of the notes from N.C. State's seventh win in as many tries and UNC's fourth loss in six games.

  • With State's win, the Tar Heels have now won eight of the last 10 games in the series. UNC's wins: (today), 1993 (35-14), 1994 (31-17), 1995 (30-28), 1996 (52-20), 1997 (20-7), 1998 (37-34 OT), 1999 (10-6), 2001 (17-9). State's win(s): (today), 2000 (38-20).
  • With State's win, Carolina now leads the all time series with the Wolfpack, 60-26-6.
  • State entered the game against the Tar Heels ranked for the first time since 1993, when No. 18 UNC clobbered No. 19 N.C. State, 35-14, in Raleigh.
  • This was only the third time State has brought a ranked team to Kenan Stadium, which opened in 1927. The previous two times - in 1974 & 1992 - the Wolfpack won.
  • For the second consecutive week, UNC faced the nation's leader in passing efficiency. Last week the Tar Heels gave up 474 passing yards to Arizona State's Andrew Walter. Today they gave up just 170 passing yards to N.C. State's Philip Rivers, mainly because State kept the ball mostly on the ground, especially in the second half.
  • Michael Waddell's block of an NCSU extra point was the first time the Tar Heels have blocked a PAT since Stephon McQueen did so in a win over Marshall in 2000.
  • Sam Aiken has 45 receptions for 828 yards and five TDs in his last eight regular season games.
  • Aiken's five receptions gives him 107 for his career, which ties him for 7th in school history with Earl Winfield. Next in line: L.C. Stevens (120), and Octavus Barnes (129).
  • Aiken's 71 receiving yards now gives him 503 on the season, and 1,718 for his career, putting him at 7th all time in UNC history. Next in line: Art Weiner (1,733), Kory Bailey (1,939), L.C. Stevens (2,002), and Na Brown (2,086).
  • Darian Durant's 266 passing yards gives him 3,477 for his career, good for 6th all-time in school history. Next on the list: Chris Keldorf (3,795) and Matt Kupec (3,840).
  • Durant's 18 completions gives him 252 for his career, good for 9th on UNC's all-time list. Next in line: Mark Maye (263), Scott Stankavage (272), and Kevin Anthony (296).
  • Durant's two TD passes gives him 29 for his career, which puts him 4th in school history. Next in line: Scott Sankavage (30), Matt Kupec (33), Chris Keldorf (35).
  • More than 73 percent of the players (scholarship and walk on) on Carolina's roster are freshman or sophomores (84 of 115).
  • ACC teams reaching bowl games since 1992: FSU 10, UNC 8, Clemson 7, Virginia 7, N.C. State 6, Georgia Tech 5, Wake Forest 2, Duke 1, Maryland 1.
  • Of the six BCS conferences, the ACC has the best overall record against non-league schools from other BCS conferences. The ACC is 8-3, the Big Ten is 7-5, Big XII 9-8, Pac-10 7-7, SEC 5-8, and Big East 4-8. The ACC also has five road wins against BCS schools.
  • ACC special teams and defenses entered this weekend's games having scored 18 touchdowns led by N.C. State with 7. Virginia was next with 3, followed by FSU 3, Maryland 2, Clemson 1, Duke 1, Wake Forest 1, Georgia Tech 0, UNC 0. The single-season ACC record is 11, set by Georgia Tech in 1998.
  • ACC turnover margin entering this weekend's games: Wake Forest +15, Duke +5, Clemson +1, Georgia Tech +3, Georgia Tech +5, Virginia +6, N.C. State +4, Maryland 0, UNC -5.
  • Sacks per team entering this weekend's action: N.C. State 23, Georgia Tech 15, FSU 17, Duke 15, Maryland 16, Virginia 15, Clemson 13, UNC 7, Wake Forest 5.
  • Dexter Reid entered the game leading the ACC in tackles per game with 13.4. He had 67 tackles on the season, and is on pace to break UNC's single-season record for tackles by a defensive back, which is 150, set by Billy-Dee Greenwood in 1999.
  • Carolina entered the game 94th nationally against the pass, giving up 251 yards per game. They were 99th against the run (199 ypg), and overall ranked 108th out of 117 Division I-A teams in total defense, surrendering an average of 451 yards per game.
  • Only one Tar Heel entered the game with more than 17 career starts, Michael Waddell with 28. Dexter Reid (17), Jeb Terry (17), Jupiter Wilson (15), Madison Hedgecock (15), Willie McNeil (14), Zach Hilton (13), Will Chapman (12), and DeFonte Coleman (10) are the only other Tar Heels that entered the game having started in at least 10 games in their careers.

Senior writer Andrew Jones is in his seventh year with Inside Carolina. He hosts a late afternoon radio show on ESPN Radio, WMFD AM630 in Wilmington and can be reached via e-mail at: AndrewJones@AM630.net.

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