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November 6, 2013

The numbers that mattered: UNC at NC State

1 Touchdown scored by NC State in three red zone chances. The Pack was 3-3 in the red zone, but had to settle for field goals twice.

2.5 Fifth-year senior defensive end Darryl Cato-Bishop has totaled 2.5 tackles for loss in the two games he has played in since he missed three contests with an injury.

5 Sophomore running back Shadrach Thornton ranks fifth in the ACC with an average of 75.2 rushing yards per game against league foes this year.

10 Junior linebacker Rodman Noel set a career-high with 10 tackles in the UNC contest. He finished with four solo stops and a pass break-up while filling in for ejected teammate D.J. Green.

11 State has won 11 of its last 12 meetings against Duke, who hosts the Pack this weekend and is 6-2 on the year. Seven of those victories were by a touchdown or less and 12 of the last 19 contests between the programs have been decided by eight points or less.

12 Wolfpack quarterbacks have thrown for 12 interceptions, compared to just four touchdowns.

20 Players in the country were named as semifinalists for the Lou Groza Award, which is annually presented to the nation's top kicker, including NCSU kicker Niklas Sade. Sade matched a career-high with four field goals against UNC, and he has connected on 89.5 percent (17-19) of his field goals on the year.

21 Wolfpackers hail from Raleigh or Wake County, including eight players who are listed on the two-deep.

27 NCSU has suffered from a total of 27 missed games due to injury by players who were listed as starters coming into the season.

42.0 Punter Wil Baumann average 42.0 yards per kick against Carolina to improve his season average to 41.8 yards per attempt.

69 NCSU has been outscored by 69 points in its four-game losing streak while the offense has averaged just 14.8 points per game during that span.

105 Was quarterback Brandon Mitchell's ground yardage in the game. He became the first NCSU signal caller to rush for more than 100 yards since Johnny Evans did so twice during the 1976 season. He averaged 5.0 yards per carry and rushed for a touchdown for the third-best rushing performance every by a Wolfpack quarterback.

107.7 Sophomore running back Shadrach Thornton rushed for 90 yards against UNC, giving him a total of 323 in the last three contests for an average of 107.7 yards on the ground per game.

137 NC State gained just 137 yards on its 11 non-scoring drives. The Pack racked up 246 yards on its five scoring drives, but drove just 24 yards for its lone touchdown of the game.

212 Rushing yards against UNC totaled by the Wolfpack. They averaged 4.4 yards per tote and rushed for a touchdown.

218.0 NCSU has averaged 218.0 rushing yards per game in the two games since Mitchell has returned to the starting lineup. The team averaged just 167.2 rushing yards per contest when Mitchell missed five games with injury.

447 Thornton leads the team with 447 yards and four touchdowns on the ground. He is averaging 5.0 yards per carry and has more than double the production of the team's No. 2 rusher.

517 Is the all-purpose yardage totaled this season by redshirt junior wide receiver Bryan Underwood, who will miss the rest of the season with injury. Rookie Jonathan Alston is also out for the rest of the season after he totaled 157 all-purpose yards in seven games.

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