North Carolina–NC State football rivalry
|North Carolina–NC State football rivalry|
|First Meeting||October 12, 1894|
|Last Meeting||November 29, 2014|
|Series||North Carolina leads, 65–33–6|
|Current Streak||NC State: 1|
The North Carolina–NC State football rivalry is an American college football rivalry between the North Carolina Tar Heels football team of the University of North Carolina and NC State Wolfpack football team of North Carolina State University. Both universities are members of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and are permanent cross-division opponents. North Carolina leads the series 65–33–6, with NC State winning the most recent contest.
The first game between North Carolina and NC State occurred October 12, 1894 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The Tar Heels won 44–0, the first of six straight victories for North Carolina to open the series with NC State. The Wolfpack tied North Carolina four times between 1899 and 1905 before the series went on a fourteen-year hiatus, with North Carolina leading 8–0–4. Following a 0–0 tie on November 8, 1902, the student body of Duke University sent NC State a congratulatory telegram, showing the significance of another intense regional rivalry between Duke and North Carolina.
The two rivals met again on October 23, 1919, and North Carolina narrowly escaped with a one point victory. On October 21, 1920 in Raleigh, North Carolina, which was the fourteenth meeting between the schools, the Wolfpack won for the first time. NC State backed up the win with another victory the following season. The Tar Heels dominated the pre–ACC series with a 31–5–6 record.
North Carolina and NC State were both charter members of the Atlantic Coast Conference, which played its first season in 1953. Since that year, the rivalry has been played every season without a break. NC State hired Earle Edwards as head coach in 1954, and he was able to have considerable more success against North Carolina than his predecessors. When Edwards was hired, NC State played in Riddick Stadium, which held half as many people as North Carolina’s Kenan Memorial Stadium. Due to this fact, Edwards opted to play home games versus the Tar Heels in Chapel Hill from 1956 to 1964. Despite playing on the road during those years, Edwards amassed a 6–3 record against North Carolina during that time period and a 9–8 record during his career as head coach of the Wolfpack, making him the winningest NC State coach against the Tar Heels.
In the first 26 seasons of the ACC, the series record was tied at 13, but beginning in 1979, North Carolina went on a seven-game winning streak. During this time, North Carolina head coach Dick Crum amassed an 8–2 record against the Wolfpack. NC State hired Dick Sheridan as head coach prior to the 1986 season, and he went 6–1 against the Tar Heels. However, following Sheridan's retirement from coaching, North Carolina went on another seven-game winning streak, leaving NC State head coach Mike O'Cain winless against Tar Heels coaches Mack Brown and Carl Torbush. The 1998 and 1999 games were held at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC, with the Tar Heels victorious in both. During the 2000s, NC State went 6–4 in the series, including winning the last three games of the decade under Tom O'Brien. The series record in the ACC currently stands at 34–28 in favor of North Carolina.
North Carolina victories are shaded ██ blue. NC State victories are shaded ██ red. Ties are gray.
The Tar Heels and Wolfpack met 42 times before the ACC was established in 1953.
|#||Date||Site||Winning team||Losing team||Series|
|1||October 12, 1894||Chapel Hill, NC||North Carolina||44||NC State||0||UNC 1–0|
|2||October 20, 1894||Raleigh, NC||North Carolina||16||NC State||0||UNC 2–0|
|3||October 12, 1895||Chapel Hill, NC||North Carolina||36||NC State||0||UNC 3–0|
|4||October 2, 1897||Chapel Hill, NC||North Carolina||40||NC State||0||UNC 4–0|
|5||October 15, 1898||Chapel Hill, NC||North Carolina||34||NC State||0||UNC 5–0|
|6||October 7, 1899||Chapel Hill, NC||North Carolina||34||NC State||0||UNC 6–0|
|7||October 28, 1899||Raleigh, NC||North Carolina||11||NC State||11||UNC 6–0–1|
|8||October 16, 1901||Chapel Hill, NC||North Carolina||39||NC State||0||UNC 7–0–1|
|9||November 19, 1901||Raleigh, NC||North Carolina||30||NC State||0||UNC 8–0–1|
|10||November 8, 1902||Raleigh, NC||North Carolina||0||NC State||0||UNC 8–0–2|
|11||November 16, 1904||Chapel Hill, NC||North Carolina||6||NC State||6||UNC 8–0–3|
|12||November 12, 1905||Raleigh, NC||North Carolina||0||NC State||0||UNC 8–0–4|
|13||October 23, 1919||Raleigh, NC||North Carolina||13||NC State||12||UNC 9–0–4|
|14||October 21, 1920||Raleigh, NC||NC State||13||North Carolina||3||UNC 9–1–4|
|15||October 20, 1921||Raleigh, NC||NC State||7||North Carolina||0||UNC 9–2–4|
|16||October 19, 1922||Raleigh, NC||North Carolina||14||NC State||9||UNC 10–2–4|
|17||October 18, 1923||Raleigh, NC||North Carolina||14||NC State||0||UNC 11–2–4|
|18||October 16, 1924||Raleigh, NC||North Carolina||10||NC State||0||UNC 12–2–4|
|19||October 15, 1925||Raleigh, NC||North Carolina||17||NC State||6||UNC 13–2–4|
|20||October 30, 1926||Chapel Hill, NC||North Carolina||12||NC State||0||UNC 14–2–4|
|21||October 29, 1927||Raleigh, NC||NC State||19||North Carolina||6||UNC 14–3–4|
|22||November 3, 1928||Raleigh, NC||North Carolina||6||NC State||6||UNC 14–3–5|
|23||November 2, 1929||Chapel Hill, NC||North Carolina||32||NC State||0||UNC 15–3–5|
|24||November 7, 1930||Chapel Hill, NC||North Carolina||13||NC State||6||UNC 16–3–5|
|25||October 31, 1931||Raleigh, NC||North Carolina||18||NC State||15||UNC 17–3–5|
|26||October 29, 1932||Chapel Hill, NC||North Carolina||13||NC State||0||UNC 18–3–5|
|27||November 4, 1933||Raleigh, NC||North Carolina||6||NC State||0||UNC 19–3–5|
|28||October 27, 1934||Chapel Hill, NC||North Carolina||7||NC State||7||UNC 19–3–6|
|29||November 2, 1935||Raleigh, NC||North Carolina||35||NC State||6||UNC 20–3–6|
|30||October 31, 1936||Chapel Hill, NC||North Carolina||21||NC State||6||UNC 21–3–6|
|31||October 2, 1937||Raleigh, NC||North Carolina||20||NC State||0||UNC 22–3–6|
|32||October 31, 1938||Raleigh, NC||North Carolina||21||NC State||0||UNC 23–3–6|
|33||November 4, 1939||Chapel Hill, NC||North Carolina||17||NC State||0||UNC 24–3–6|
|34||October 19, 1940||Raleigh, NC||North Carolina||13||NC State||7||UNC 25–3–6|
|35||November 1, 1941||Chapel Hill, NC||NC State||13||North Carolina||7||UNC 25–4–6|
|36||October 31, 1942||Raleigh, NC||NC State||21||North Carolina||14||UNC 25–5–6|
|37||October 30, 1943||Chapel Hill, NC||North Carolina||27||NC State||13||UNC 26–5–6|
|38||November 8, 1947||Chapel Hill, NC||North Carolina||41||NC State||6||UNC 27–5–6|
|39||October 16, 1948||Chapel Hill, NC||North Carolina||14||NC State||0||UNC 28–5–6|
|40||September 24, 1949||Chapel Hill, NC||North Carolina||26||NC State||6||UNC 29–5–6|
|41||September 23, 1950||Chapel Hill, NC||North Carolina||13||NC State||7||UNC 30–5–6|
|42||September 22, 1951||Chapel Hill, NC||North Carolina||21||NC State||0||UNC 31–5–6|
The Tar Heels and Wolfpack have met 61 times as members of the ACC.
Source: College Football Data Warehouse.
- North Carolina–NC State rivalry
- List of NCAA college football rivalry games
- Most-played rivalries in NCAA Division I FBS