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The Belk Bowl marks NC State’s 29th postseason appearance and its 11th bowl game since 2000. The Wolfpack posts a 15-12-1 overall record in post-season bowls and is 7-3 in its last 10 outings.


T.J. Graham had 7 catches for 116 yards and 2 TDs against Louisville in the 2011 Belk Bowl This season marks the third time NC State has played a bowl game in Bank of America Stadium. The Wolfpack won the 2011 Belk Bowl, 31-24, vs. Louisville and defeated South Florida there in 2005 in what was then called the Meineke Car Care Bowl.

In 2005, NC State turned in a storybook ending to a rollercoaster season with a 14-0 victory over South Florida on New Year’s Eve. The defense, led by bowl MVP Stephen Tulloch (Detroit Lions), shut out the Bulls in USF’s first bowl game appearance in school history. It marked the only shutout in a bowl that year and the first ever by the Wolfpack. NC State scored 24 unanswered points in the second and third quarters to overwhelm Louisville in the 2011 win. Quarterback Mike Glennon (Tampa Bay Bucs), who completed 21 of 33 passes for 264 yards and three touchdowns, was named the MVP of the game.


It’s been 20 years since the Wolfpack and the Bulldogs met on the gridiron, however the 2015 Belk Bowl will mark the first of three matchups between the two teams in the next six years. NC State and Mississippi State have scheduled a home and home series in the next few years. The Bulldogs will visit Raleigh in 2020 and the Wolfpack will travel to Starkville in 2021.

The 2015 Belk Bowl will mark the third time the two teams have faced off in a postseason bowl. The Wolfpack defeated the Bulldogs 28-24 in the 1994 Peach Bowl in the last meeting and lost to MSU in the 1963 Liberty Bowl in Philadelphia (that weather for that contest was 19o with a 17 mile-per-hour wind!).



Stopping Prescott

Dak Prescott is playing in his final college game and he’s going to do his best to go out on top. This is a kid who has 110 career touchdowns and owns 38 school records. He can beat you in the air and beat you on the ground when he has to. He is coming off his best year passing, going for 3,413 yards with 25 touchdowns and only four interceptions. He has good receivers and their offense as a whole is dangerous. State’s defense will need to have one of it’s best performances of the season.

Brissett (and the offense) needs to play big

Jacoby is also playing his final collegiate game and while the Pack didn’t exactly shock the ACC this year, Brissett has been above average (2,400 yards and 24 total TDs). He is going to have to have a big game if State is going to go blow for blow with the Bulldogs.

The main thing this offense is going to need to do is to stay on the field. They are going to need an accurate Brissett, a tough, grind-it-out kind of day for Gallasby and some supreme ball security. State has been one of the best teams in the nation at not turning it over, and keeping that trend going could be the difference in a win or a loss today.

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7 years ago

This team really showed yesterday they have a long way to go. They probably really didn’t need to be in this particular bowl anyway. Let’s hope we can look in some more good recruits and maybe a few transfers. The difference in team speed and ability was glaring yesterday as it was against most of the top teams this year.

7 years ago

Gallaspy not playing.

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Dave Doeren Led the Hurricanes to a Game 1 Victory Over Devils



NC State Head Football Coach Dave Doeren helped lead the Carolina Hurricanes to a Game 1 victory over the New Jersey Devils in Game 1 of the 2nd Round of the playoffs. Doeren was ferocious in sounding the siren.

The Canes demolished the Devils 5-1 last night. Go Canes!

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Which NC State Players Signed with NFL Teams as Undrafted Free Agents?



Chandler Zavala was the only player from NC State that was drafted this past weekend in the 2023 NFL Draft. So which Wolfpack players signed with NFL teams as undrafted free agents?

NC State has quite a few players playing in the NFL that went undrafted: Defensive Tackle T.Y. McGill, Running Back Zonovan Knight, and Wide Receiver Jakobi Meyers.

The Chargers organization must have liked what was going on in Raleigh, signing 3 Wolfpack players as undrafted free agents.

The Bolts signed Safety Tanner Ingle.

Also heading to Los Angeles is Defensive Back Tyler Baker-Williams.

Los Angeles might have found their kicker of the future in Christopher Dunn.

Linebacker Isaiah Moore has signed with the reigning Super Bowl Champs in Kansas City.

Moore is joining former Wolfpacker Joe Thuney in KC.

Wide Receiver Thayer Thomas has signed with the Minnesota Vikings.

Thomas is joining former Wolfpacker Garrett Bradbury in Minnesota.

Thayer’s brother, Linebacker Drake Thomas signed with the Las Vegas Raiders.

Thomas joins former Wolfpacker’s Jakobi Meyers (WR) and A.J. Cole (P).

Cornerback Derrek Pitts has signed with Tampa Bay.

Defensive Tackle Cory Durden has signed with the Detroit Lions.

Durden joins former Wolfpacker Alim McNeil, who also plays Defensive Tackle.

Finally, Punter Shane McDonough is a rookie mini-camp invitee.


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Chandler Zavala was NC State’s Lone Draft Pick in 2023



Surprisingly, NC State only had one player taken in the 2023 NFL Draft. Unsurprisingly, Offensive Lineman Chandler Zavala was that singular player.

The Carolina Panthers drafted Zavala in the 4th round with the 114th overall pick.

This marks the second year in a row that the Panthers have selected an offensive linemen from NC State, drafting Ikem Ekwonu with the 6th overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.

Zavala and Ekwonu played beside one another in Raleigh on the left side, and there’s a chance that they will eventually do the same thing on Sunday’s for Carolina.

Zavala is coming off of a season where he earned 1st Team All-ACC honors, and didn’t give up a single sack.

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NC State’s Demie Sumo-Karngbaye Enters Transfer Portal



NC State Running Back Demie Sumo-Karngbaye has officially entered the Transfer Portal. As a Redshirt Freshman this past season, he rushed for 305 yards (5.5 yards per carry) and 3 touchdowns. Sumo-Karngbaye also had 12 receptions for 148 yards and a touchdown.

Demie was electric to start the season, but battled injuries all season long. In conference play, he was limited, only rushing the ball 16 times for 53 yards (3.3 yards per carry) with 0 touchdowns.

There’s no denying that the Wolfpack Running Back room is crowded. From the beginning of the season, Sumo-Karngbaye shared carries with Jordan Houston, who is once again returning this season. After Sumo-Karngbaye continued to miss action due to injuries, True Freshman Michael Allen stepped in and proved to be more than ready for the spotlight, averaging 5.1 yards per carry (53 carries), with most of those carries coming against ACC opponents. Not to mention the fact that True Freshman Kendrick Raphael will look to make an instant impact this Fall.

With all of this being said, I don’t get this move. At the end of the day, every young man has to make the decision they think is best, but Sumo-Karngbaye had every reason to to expect significant playing time in 2023, as long as he could prove to stay healthy.

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