When teams are within 83 miles of each other, there’s a good chance they don’t like each other, and NC State and East Carolina have embodied that truth over the years.
The series between the Wolfpack and the Pirates dates back to 1970, with NC State holding a 17-13 advantage.
While the Wolfpack won 10 out of the first 13 games when the series began, the Pirates have won 10 of the last 17, 8 of the last 13, and 3 of the last 4.
The two teams played 18 straight seasons after the inaugural game in 1970, but then things came to a screeching halt. In 1987, ECU came to Raleigh and defeated the Wolfpack 14-32, and then proceeded to tear down the goal posts. Afterwards, Jimmy Valvano terminated further scheduling of match ups against the Pirates. The two saw each other again in the Peach Bowl in 1992, and the Pirates kept the bitter blood flowing, defeating the Wolfpack 34-37. Four years later the two would meet again, but once again on neutral territory at Bank of America stadium in Charlotte, not sure if the emotions at either home stadium could handle it.
Then in 1999, after the devastation of Hurricane Floyd down in Greenville, NC State allowed East Carolina to host #9 Miami in Carter-Finley Stadium. The Pirates pulled off the upset, beating the Hurricanes 27-23. You guessed it…the ECU fans stormed the field at Carter-Finley, and once again tore down goal posts.
It took legislation by the North Carolina government to force NC State and UNC to put East Carolina on their schedules regularly back in the late 90’s.
Back in 2007, the Student Government Associations of both schools began awarding the Victory Barrel to the winner of the game, allowing them to take it home until their next meeting, and put a placard on it noting their victory.
NC State’s Highest & Lowest Graded Defensive Players vs. Louisville
Here’s a look at which NC State Defensive players graded out the best and worst according to ProFootballFocus against Louisville last Friday night.
LB Devon Betty – 76.8
FS Rakeim Ashford – 75.1
NT CJ Clark – 74.1
LB Payton Wilson – 71.5
LB Caden Fordham – 68.1
DE Travali Price – 52.3
CB Shyheim Battle – 53.7
CB Rente Hinton – 56.2
DE Red Hibbler – 60.5
DE Savion Jackson – 62.0
Season Top 5
DE Davin Vann – 78.6
Nickel Robert Kennedy III – 76.5
LB Payton Wilson – 76.5
NT Brandon Cleveland – 74.5
SS Bishop Fitzgerald – 72.4
Season Bottom 5
CB Brandon Cisse – 33.0
CB Rente Hinton – 52.5
DE Noah Potter – 53.5
DE Travali Price – 54.2
NT CJ Clark – 60.6
NC State is Appealing Targeting Call on Safety Sean Brown
With a couple of minutes left in the 3rd Quarter, NC State Free Safety Sean Brown was hit with an absurd targeting call. After reviewing the hit, the call was confirmed to be targeting, and Brown was ejected for the remainder of the game, and will miss the beginning of the Marshall game this Saturday.
I’m all for penalizing intentionally dangerous tackles, where the intent is blatantly to harm. That is not what happened in this instance. Brown’s tackle was textbook. For starters, the receiver squats. Secondly, Brown drives his face into the chest of the receiver. The helmet in no way makes initial contact with the opposing players helmet.
Here’s the “targeting” call in question. Watch it in slow motion. Hit pause and zoom in.
Sean Brown disqualified for this hit.
— NMD Grant (@NMDgrant) September 30, 2023
Wolfpack Head Coach Dave Doeren shared at his weekly press conference yesterday that NC State is appealing the targeting call on Brown.
“Yes. We’ve submitted the paperwork through the league office. They turn it in and then eventually we’ll find out can he play in the first half or not. Right now we don’t have an answer.”
If the targeting call is upheld, then Brown will have to miss the first half this Saturday against the Thundering Herd. If it is overturned, he will be free to play.
Prior to the targeting call, Brown was having a career day. He had 8 tackles, 2 sacks and a forced fumble.
NC State’s Highest & Lowest Graded Offensive Players vs. Louisville
Here’s a look at which NC State Offensive players graded out the best and worst according to ProFootballFocus against Louisville this past Friday night.
WR Terrell Timmons – 72.5 – Career High
TE Trent Pennix – 68.0
WR Porter Rooks – 64.2
RT Timothy McKay – 63.8
RB Delbert Mimms III – 61.9
RG Derrick Eason – 36.1 – Career Low
QB Brennan Armstrong – 50.0
LG Lyndon Cooper – 52.3
WR Julian Gray – 52.3
WR Kevin Concepcion – 52.8
Season Top 5
LT Anthony Belton – 75.2
RB Kendrick Raphael – 74.5
RB Delbert Mimms III – 72.4
WR Porter Rooks – 68.5
WR DJ Collins – 68.9
Season Bottom 5
TE Christopher Toudle – 45.5
RB Demarcus Jones II – 52.8
WR Keyon Lesane – 53.5
WR Terrell Timmons – 56.1
RG Derrick Eason – 57.6
MJ Morris’ 2022 Highlight Reel
Yesterday Wolfpack Head Coach Dave Doeren announced that Sophomore MJ Morris would be starting at Quarterback, rather than Brennan Armstrong. To get yourself ready to watch Morris behind center on Saturday against Marshall, check out our 2022 MJ Morris Highlight Reel above.