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Demon Deacon Digits - Three Numbers to Track vs. NC State

Demon Deacon Digits - Taking a look at numbers that could play a factor Saturday afternoon as the Deacs play at North Carolina State.

Three numbers to track as the Deacs face the North Carolina State Wolfpack at 3:30 p.m. in Carter-Finley Stadium.

3, 0 and 3-0

The Wolfpack have just three regular-season wins over teams that finished with a winning record during Dave Doeren's first three years as head coach. Their "marquee" win thus far has to be a 24-23 2014 season-opening victory over Georgia Southern, who finished the season 9-3. 

The other two victories over winning teams were a 42-0 shutout over 6-5 Presbyterian in 2014 and a 35-0 win over Eastern Kentucky (6-5) in 2015.

The 0? That's how many wins Doeren has over Power Five teams that finish with winning records. He's built an 18-20 record and back-to-back bowl appearances on the basis of beating a bunch of bad teams. His non-conference wins the last two years have come against Georgia Southern, Old Dominion (twice), South Florida, Presbyterian, Troy, Eastern Kentucky and South Alabama.

They stepped out this year to play at East Carolina, and fell 33-30.

The 3-0? That's Doeren's record against Dave Clawson. Not only have the Wolfpack outscored the Deacs 77-30 in Clawson's first two years on the job, but Doeren's Northern Illinois topped Clawson's Bowling Green 45-14 in 2011.


That's how many yards the Hoosiers piled on against the Deacs Saturday in Wake's 33-28 win in Bloomington. That's the highest number of yards the Deacs have yielded since Florida State gained 612 against them in 2012.

The Deacs stymied the Hoosier running attack, but quarterback Richard Lagow finished with 496 passing yards. North Carolina State quarterback Ryan Finley is completing more than 75 percent of his passes, and has a solid group of receivers at his disposal, including former Wake recruiting target Nyheim Hines.


That's the most recent Wake victory over North Carolina State at Carter-Finley Stadium, going 1-14 in the last 15 games played there. In fact, the home team has won 17 of the last 20 matchups in this in-state conference rivalry.

With the Deacs celebrating the 10-year anniversary of their ACC Championship team, will the similarities continue to pile up this season?  

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