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History of the NC State vs. UCONN Football Series

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Tomorrow night NC State will host UCONN in Carter-Finley Stadium for the 3rd matchup between the two schools, with the Wolfpack winning the first two games.

The Wolfpack are 38.5-point favorites over the Huskies, but the first two games of the series were far from blowouts.

The series kicked off in 2003, when UCONN came to Raleigh as 17.5 point underdogs. The Wolfpack and the Huskies were tied 10-10 at halftime, but Linebacker Freddie Aughtry-Lindsay, currently serving at NC State’s Coach of the Nickelbacks, returned a fumble 48 yards for a touchdown in the 3rd quarter. At the end of the 3rd quarter, Quarterback Philip Rivers found Tight End T.J. Williams for a score, giving NC State a 14-point lead heading into the 4th.

UCONN proceeded to score 14-points unanswered in the 4th quarter to tie the game 24-24, and had the ball on their own 14-yard line with 47 seconds left to play in the game. They made it to their own 42-yard line, but after the Huskies quarterback was hit by Linebacker Pat Thomas, it would be Aughtry-Lindsay once again with the heroics, intercepting the ball, taking it back to the house for a 56-yard return for a touchdown.

In 2012, NC State travelled up to Connecticut as 4-point favorites. The game was a defensive showdown, with the Wolfpack leading 3-0 at the half, with the only points coming off of a 40-yard field goal by Niklas Sade. In the 3rd Quarter, NC State Quarterback Mike Glennon found Wide Receiver Bryan Underwood for a 46-yard touchdown.

The Huskies would make things interesting, scoring on a 5-yard touchdown with 7 minutes left to go in the 4th Quarter, and managed to get the ball back in their hands with 3:18 left on the clock.

UCONN moved the ball from their own 27-yard line to their 46-yard line, but after a sack by Linebacker Brian Slay on 3rd and a pass breakup by Cornerback David Amerson on 4th, the Huskies ran out of opportunities.

 

Matthew is Co-Owner of Pack Insider. He writes for all sports, with a focus on football and recruiting, and is in charge of business strategy. He is an NC State alum who majored in business. Matthew is also the lead pastor of The Point Church in Cary, NC.

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3 days ago

Good article. That was a great team. Let’s go 3-0 this week in the books . Also And let’s not forget I think it was the same year in 2012 when underwood was definitely in bounds when we played Clemson on that Thursday night and yes I’m still talking about it

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NC State will Host FSU at Either 7:30 or 8pm on 10/8

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The time for NC State’s matchup against Florida State on October 8th will officially be the Wolfpack’s 4th consecutive game under the lights. The game will either be at 7:30pm on ABC in the primetime slot, or at 8pm on ACC Network.

This game could be the Wolfpack’s 2nd Top-25 matchup in a row after facing #5 Clemson this weekend. The Seminoles enter Week 5 ranked 23rd, and will host #22 Wake Forest this Saturday.

NC State has won 2 straight against FSU, and 4 of the last 5.

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NC State Center Grant Gibson Named Co-Offensive Lineman of the Week After UCONN

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NC State Graduate Center Grant Gibson was named Co-Offensive Lineman of the Week for his performance against UCONN this past Saturday.

CO-OFFENSIVE LINEMAN – Grant Gibson, NC State, C, Charlotte, N.C.
Graded out at an eye-opening 97 percent for his work in the 12th-ranked Wolfpack’s 41-10 win over UConn • Helped clear the way for 492 yards of total offense while playing 61 snaps • Tallied three pancake blocks. (TheACC)

Via GoPack:

Gibson, a graduate student from Charlotte, has started his past 40 games in an NC State uniform dating back to the 2019 season. He has played 50 or more snaps in all four of the Pack’s wins this season, recording 61 snaps and three pancake blocks in Saturday’s home triumph.
 
The Wolfpack churned out 169 rushing yards and averaged 5.1 yards per carry against the Huskies. Gibson’s efforts on the offensive line also helped NC State log 29 first downs and 492 total yards of offense. (GoPack)

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It’s Official…NC State Will Host Marshall in 2023 After Cincinnati Cancelled

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It was reported back on September 11th that NC State would host Marshall next season, after a void was created when Cincinnati backed out of a contract for a home-and home with NC State on September 6th.

What was reported is now official.

The release by Marshall explains how the money is being settled with the Cincy exodus.

The Thundering Herd will receive $1 million to come play in Raleigh, but Cincinnati will fork out $850,000 of that due to cancelling their game with the Wolfpack. NC State will only have to pony up $150,000.

Next years matchup against Marshall will mark the 6th time the two teams have met, with NC State winning all 5 of the prior games.

The Wolfpack’s 4 non-conference opponent games in 2023 will be:
9/2 – Marshall
9/16 – VMI
9/23 – @ UCONN
TBA – Notre Dame

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NC State’s Depth Chart vs. Clemson with Notes

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NC State’s Football team has released their Depth Chart for this Saturday’s game vs. Clemson on the road at 7:30pm.

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Notes

There have been a few significant changes on this weeks Depth Chart:

  • Graduate Timothy McKay has moved into the starting spot at Right Tackle. Graduate Bryson Speas has been listed as the starter on the first 4 Depth Charts, but McKay actually ended up starting the game against UCONN.
    • This isn’t a shocking move. Even though Speas has started 3 games out of 4, McKay has played 72 more snaps on the year. Also, According to PFF grades, McKay’s grade on the season is 74.6 on the year, compared to Speas’ 73.2.
    • Interestingly, McKay is stronger in run block (82.2/69.1), and Speas is stronger in pass block (83.8/70.1). McKay is the Wolfpack’s highest graded run blocker.
    • Also, it’s worth noting, while McKay is listed as the starter, there is an “or” in between their names.
  • Things have been shaken up in regards to Senior Tyler Baker-Williams at Nickel.
    • Sophomore Joshua Pierre-Louis has been listed as the backup in the first 4 depth chart’s, but he isn’t anywhere to be found on this weeks depth chart.
    • Junior Jakeen Harris, who has been listed as Senior Tanner Ingle’s backup at Free Safety all year, is listed as Baker-Williams backup at Nickel now.
      • He is still also listed as the backup for Ingle at Free Safety.
    • Sophomore Devan Boykin is listed as the third Nickel, with an “or” in between his name and Harris.
      • Boykin is still listed as Graduate Cyrus Fagan’s backup at Strong Safety, which is where he’s been listed all year.

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