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November 12, 2013

The numbers that mattered: NC State at Duke

3 Touchdowns scored by Duke redshirt freshman DeVon Edwards, who ran a kickoff back 100 yards and then also had a pair of pick-sixes.

3 Interceptions thrown by NC State. Redshirt senior Brandon Mitchell threw two and redshirt junior Pete Thomas accounted for one. The two have combined for a 4-to-15 touchdown-to-interception ratio this year.

4 Turnovers forced by NC State, including three interceptions. Safety Hakim Jones led the way with an interception, forced fumble and fumble recovery, to go along with three tackles. Linebackers D.J. Green and Robert Caldwell also recorded INTs.

14 Tackles in the Duke game recorded by junior linebacker Brandon Pittman, which set a career-high. He had three tackles for loss and a sack.

17.4 The Wolfpack have lost each of their last five games by an average of 17.4 points. Opponents have outscored State, 166-79, during that span.

21 NCSU ranks dead last in the ACC with 22 touchdowns scored this year.

32 The numbers of starts for NC State missed by players who entered the season atop the depth chart.

66 Tackles for loss recorded by the Pack defense. Their average of 7.3 per game ranks 17th nationally.

73 Fifth-year senior Rashard Smith returned a punt 73 yards for a touchdown in the game. It marked his second punt return for a score this year and third of his career; Smith leads the ACC with an average of 17.3 yards per punt return, which ranks seventh in the NCAA.

82 Points allowed by NCSU in the fourth quarter this year. The Pack has scored just 50 points in the final frame and 92 points after halftime on the year. Duke outscored State in the fourth, 21-7.

103 NC State sophomore running back Shadrach Thornton rushed 26 times for 103 yards, his second 100-yard rushing effort in his last three games; he ran for 90 in the other.

106.5 In the last four games, Thornton averages 106.5 rushing yards per contest. He has scored twice and averaged 4.7 yards per tote during that span.

114 State has allowed 114 points in the past three games, while they have scored just 56.

116 NC State is ranked 116th nationally for red zone touchdowns with 10 on the year, which is tied for the eighth-lowest number in the land.

321 The NCSU defense held Duke to 321 yards of total offense, their third lowest output of the year and just the third time they have been held under 400 this year.

412 The Wolfpack gained 412 yards from scrimmage, their first time eclipsing 400 yards in a conference game.

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