Opportunity knocks for NC State football, which faces No. 10 Notre Dame on Saturday in a noon kickoff at Carter-Finley Stadium.
It’s been nearly 50 years since the Wolfpack last beat a top-10 nonconference opponent in Raleigh.
NC State has been searching for another big-time nonconference win at home since earning a 12-7 victory against No. 7 Penn State in 1974 under Lou Holtz. State is 1-5 against top-10 opponents in Raleigh under 11th-year coach Dave Doeren.
Prior to beating No. 9 Clemson in a double-overtime thriller in 2021, the Wolfpack’s last home win against a top-10 opponent came against No. 3 Florida State in 2012.
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If the Wolfpack (1-0) plans to celebrate Saturday afternoon, here are four areas that could be the recipe for an upset against the Fighting Irish (2-0).
NC State football tough to top at Carter-Finley Stadium
The Wolfpack is 33-7 at Carter-Finley Stadium since 2017. State, which has won 16 of its last 17 games in Raleigh, hasn’t lost to a nonconference opponent at home since Doeren’s first season in 2013. Adding to the atmosphere, NC State will unveil its upgraded videoboard Saturday, which is the 11th largest single-display board in college football. The crowd can provide an electric atmosphere to aid the Wolfpack’s performance.
Special moments define Wolfpack’s success against Notre Dame
NC State has blocked a punt that led to a touchdown in each of its last two games against the Irish. In 2016, as Hurricane Matthew dumped rain throughout the state, Pharoah McKever blocked a punt that was returned by Dexter Wright for the game’s only touchdown in a 10-3 victory. The Wolfpack capped its best season in…
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Author : The Fayetteville Observer
Publish date : 2023-09-07 08:07:38
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