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October 29, 2013

The numbers that mattered: NC State at FSU

2 Safety Dontae Johnson tallied two interceptions in the game, to bring his season total to 3. He also notched eight tackles in the contest to bring his season total to 47, which is ranked second on the team.

2 True freshmen that started the game — defensive tackle Monty Nelson and cornerback Jack Tocho.

2.5 Redshirt junior defensive tackle Thomas Teal recorded 2.5 tackles for loss in the game, including 1.5 sacks. That brings his season total up to 6.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage, which is third on the team.

5 Redshirt sophomore safety Hakim Jones was named Defensive Player of the Week by the coaching staff after he notched six tackles and five pass breakups in the game.

5 NCSU has won five of its last six meetings with North Carolina, who they host on Saturday. Five of the last ten games between the two have been decided by a touchdown or less.

8.1 Junior kicker Niklas Sade averages 8.1 points per game to rank fourth in the ACC. He has also equaled last year's total number of field goals made (13).

13 The Wolfpack ranks 13th natinoally with an average of 7.7 tackles for loss per game. They tallied six on Saturday.

17 NC State did tally 17 points over the final three quarters, while FSU notched just 14 points in the last three frames.

35 Florida State put up 35 points in the first quarter, compared to just 32 yards from NCSU in the opening frame.

46 The Pack's first trip outside of North Carolina came 46 days into the campaign when they traveled to FSU.

128 Redshirt senior quarterback Brandon Mitchell passed for just 128 yards and two interceptions in the loss to FSU.

173 Sophomore Shadrach Thornton set a career-high with 173 rushing yards, in addition to his two touchdowns and team-best five receptions for 32 yards. His 205 all-purpose yards was a game-best.

316 NCSU finished the game with 316 total yards and 205 of it belonged to Thornton, who accounted for nearly 65 percent of the Pack's offense.

502 In four games against nationally ranked opponents, Thornton has totaled 502 yards from scrimmage and five touchdowns. He has rushed for 337 yards and four scores, thanks to his average clip of 6.0 yards per carry in such games.

566 The Seminoles finished the game with 566 total yards, including 342 via the air.

2006 Thornton's rushing total was the most for a Pack player since 2006 and stands as the 18th-best single game mark of all-time.

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