College Football

Wolfpack seniors want to stay perfect against UNC

Posted October 26, 2012
Updated October 27, 2012

— The North Carolina State University seniors can go out perfect against Tobacco Road rival North Carolina and can set a record in the process. The Tar Heels have never lost six straight to the Wolfpack. 

In Chapel Hill, they are tired of hearing about their five-year losing streak. On Saturday, they'll find out whether a fresh start under a new coaching staff might reverse their frustrating fortunes.

The Tar Heels (5-3, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) haven't beaten the Wolfpack since Tom O'Brien took over in Raleigh in 2007. The losses have come just about every way possible, from a last-minute touchdown to a blowout and even includes a tipped fourth-down pass that resulted in a Wolfpack touchdown in a close game.

The pressure is already on first-year coach Larry Fedora to snap a losing streak in the rivalry between programs separated by a 30-minute drive on Interstate 40. In fact, Fedora said, the skid had been "pointed out to me since the first handshake when I took the job." North Carolina at N.C. State Inside the Rivalry: NCSU vs. UNC Football

"Probably if I meet somebody new, I could tell you it would be every day," Fedora said. "It's something that our fans, they've made it aware to me what they would like to happen."

He didn't take long to remind his players what's next after last weekend's 33-30 loss at Duke on a last-minute touchdown. The Tar Heels found red ribbons, posters and other N.C. State material littering their locker room on Sunday morning.

"I don't want to leave my senior year and say I lost to Duke and State," UNC defensive tackle Sylvester Williams said. "That would just be devastating to me."

O'Brien knows all about the zeal of N.C. State fans — and he's proven he knows how to win the game that matters most to them.

"I think there's pressure," O'Brien said. "Any time you play your rival, and each and every year is different because the dynamics of the team changes each and every year. Hopefully we've done a good job with them and (the players) realize that this is their team, this is their year and it's their chance to make a statement one way or the other."

While the Tar Heels have no postseason plans, the Wolfpack (5-2, 2-1) can still win the league's Atlantic Division championship after upsetting then-No. 3 Florida State on Oct. 6. N.C. State followed that by getting a late field goal — then surviving a missed kick in the final seconds — to win at Maryland.

Last year, the Wolfpack physically beat up the Tar Heels, knocking quarterback Bryn Renner from the game and giving UNC its first shutout loss in the rivalry since 1960. Going back to the 2010 win, N.C. State has 11 sacks and has held North Carolina to minus-4 yards rushing in the past two meetings.

"Really with this game it's 0-0 with that coaching staff and this rivalry," N.C. State halfback Tony Creecy said. "We can't depend on what happened in the past. We've got to write our own history."

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  • BeastOnTheHill Oct 27, 4:45 p.m.

    GIO!

  • TsKaMF Oct 27, 11:41 a.m.

    If there is heavy rain then anything could happen.

    — Posted by DooksucksV3

    Agreed, I think this would be most beneficial to UNCCH, as NC State has yet to establish a... View More

    — Posted by chivegas

    For 2 days they have said little to no rain. Mid 60's, 30% chance rain, wind NNE 10-15.

    GO PACK !

  • Honesty first Oct 27, 11:21 a.m.

    You can't always get what you want

  • StunGunn Oct 27, 11:09 a.m.

    It looks like the rain may hold off, and I hope it does; injuries are a lot more apt to occur on a wet field.

    Go Heels! End that streak today!

  • chivegas Oct 27, 11:03 a.m.

    If there is heavy rain then anything could happen.

    — Posted by DooksucksV3

    Agreed, I think this would be most beneficial to UNCCH, as NC State has yet to establish a consistent running game.

  • NCSUclassof90 Oct 27, 10:22 a.m.

    Are the 'holes even allowed to play this game? I thought their program was on probation or something . . . .

    Let's go 6 in a row!

  • Sports Talk Only Oct 27, 10:13 a.m.

    State goes DOWN today! Mark it! Watch it! Learn to love and live with it! UNC puts the hammer DOWN!!!

    BWAHAHAHA STATEBLOWS ROFLROFLROFLROFL. MG GETSSACKED LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL STATE GETSRACKED BWAHAHAHAHAHA

  • personality Oct 27, 9:45 a.m.

    State fans mention 5 game winning streak, but UNC has had several win streaks of beating NC State 5 years or more in a row so that means nothing.

    Hopefully UNC will play defense today, if not it will be a long day, that is if NC State will have over 200+ yards rushing the game will not be pretty.

    Go Heels

  • ugottabkiddinme Oct 27, 9:43 a.m.

    Best strategy is to hand Gio the ball 80 times. Renner has shown he is not a big rivalry game... View More

    — Posted by bh4

    I agree they should give Gio the ball and not out of the spread...It's not that Renner is not a big game QB, it's Fedoras system...in a big game the offense is emotionally high and when you're trying to speed up the game and your juiced up on emotion, they make a lot of errors...ie see Louisville, dook games...even the VT started out that way. Just wished they would come out and pound the ball until the offense was settled in

  • jandscroom Oct 27, 9:33 a.m.

    Go Pack! Go Pack! Go Pack!

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