CHAPEL HILL, North Carolina (Ticker) -- No. 25 North Carolina
State tries to beat rival North Carolina for a fourth time in
five meetings when they match up on Saturday in an Atlantic
Coast Conference encounter.
The Wolfpack (3-1, 2-0 ACC) have won back-to-back meetings with
the Tar Heels (2-3, 1-2) and three of four after a seven-game
skid in the series.
The Tar Heels lead the all time series, 60-27-6, last winning in
North Carolina State has won consecutive ACC contests in the
last minute, 17-16 at Virginia Tech on September 25 and 27-21 in
overtime over Wake Forest last week.
T.A. McLendon, who ran 30 times for 139 yards and two touchdowns
against the Demon Deacons, scored on a nine-yard run after Wake
Forest began the extra period by missing a 35-yard field goal.
N.C. State is 11-2 under coach Chuck Amato against intrastate
ACC opponents Duke, Wake Forest and the Tar Heels.
The Tar Heels have dropped back-to-back games to Louisville and
Florida State by a combined 72-16, including a 38-16 road
setback to the Seminoles last week.
North Carolina gained 363 total yards - its best offensive
output in 16 all-time meetings with Florida State - but managed
just one touchdown, an eight-yard pass from Darian Durant to
Jarwarski Pollock early in the third quarter.