East Carolina–NC State rivalry

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East Carolina–N.C. State rivalry
East Carolina Pirates logo.png North Carolina State University Athletic logo.svg
East Carolina Pirates NC State Wolfpack

The East Carolina–NC State rivalry is a rivalry between East Carolina University and North Carolina State University, both of which are located in North Carolina. The intensity of the rivalry is driven by the proximity of the two schools, both are UNC system schools and are only 83 miles apart via U.S. Highway 264. The size of the two schools, NC State is the largest university in the state and East Carolina is the second largest, and the fact that both schools are competing for many of the same athletes also add to the rivalry.

East Carolina was founded in 1907 as a normal school. It became a four-year institution in 1920 and was renamed East Carolina Teachers College. It then became East Carolina College in 1951 and East Carolina University in 1967. East Carolina joined the UNC System in 1972.

North Carolina State was founded in 1887 as a land-grant college. Its original name was North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts. In 1918, it changed its name to North Carolina State College of Agriculture and Engineering. In 1931, the school moved to under the Consolidated University of North Carolina and was renamed North Carolina State College of Agriculture and Engineering of the University of North Carolina. It once again was renamed North Carolina State of the University of North Carolina at Raleigh in 1963 and received its current name in 1965.

Football[edit]

East Carolina–N.C. State rivalry
East Carolina Pirates logo.png North Carolina State University Athletic logo.svg
East Carolina Pirates NC State Wolfpack

Sport(s) Football
Total meetings 28
Series record NC State leads, 16-12
First meeting October 10, 1970
NC State 23, East Carolina 6
Last meeting November 23, 2013
East Carolina 42, NC State 28
Next meeting 2016
Largest win NC State, 57-8
(September 8, 1973)
Longest win streak NC State, 5
(1978 - 1982)
Current win streak East Carolina, 2
(2010 - present)
Trophy Victory Barrel

The most prominent sport in the rivalry is football. The two teams began competing against each other in 1970. The football series between the two teams was suspended in 1987. Jim Valvano terminated NC State’s scheduling of East Carolina after Pirate fans tore down goal posts and the playing surface at Carter-Finley in 1987. NC State’s athletics administration had publicly warned ECU and Pirate fans after two consecutive years of minor vandalisms to the stadium. The schools would not meet again until the 1992 Peach Bowl. In 1996, the two schools met in Charlotte's Bank of America Stadium rather than on either school's home field. In 1997, the North Carolina Legislature proposed a bill demanding that UNC-CH and N.C. State must play East Carolina on an annual basis. This would officially revive the series between East Carolina and N.C. State.[1]

East Carolina and NC State have met on the football field 27 times, with 21 of those games played in Carter-Finley Stadium, 3 in Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, and 3 in neutral venues. The highest profile game was played in the 1992 Peach Bowl, with 59,322 fans in attendance, this game would officially go on record as the largest attendance at the time for a game between two North Carolina college football teams.[2]

NC State leads the all-time series, with 16 wins to East Carolina's 12 wins.[3]

The next games that occur in the rivalry will be in 2016 in Greenville and 2019 in Raleigh.

Victory Barrel[edit]

In 2007 the Student Government Associations of both North Carolina State University and East Carolina University in a cooperative agreement began awarding the ‘Victory Barrel’ to the game winner. The outer face of the barrel is affixed with engraved colored plates denoting the year, final score, and winner of each contest dating back to 1970.

Football game results[edit]

East Carolina victories are shaded in  purple and gold.  NC State victories are shaded  red and white . [4]

Date Year Location Winner Score Series
October 10 1970 Carter-Finley Stadium
Raleigh, NC
NC State 23-6 NCSU 1–0
October 23 1971 Carter-Finley Stadium
Raleigh, NC
ECU 31-15 Tied 1–1
October 21 1972 Carter-Finley Stadium
Raleigh, NC
NC State 38-16 NCSU 2–1
September 8 1973 Carter-Finley Stadium
Raleigh, NC
NC State 57-8 NCSU 3–1
October 5 1974 Carter-Finley Stadium
Raleigh, NC
NC State 24-20 NCSU 4–1
September 6 1975 Carter-Finley Stadium
Raleigh, NC
NC State 26-3 NCSU 5–1
September 18 1976 Carter-Finley Stadium
Raleigh, NC
ECU 23-14 NCSU 5–2
September 3 1977 Carter-Finley Stadium
Raleigh, NC
ECU 28-23 NCSU 5–3
September 9 1978 Carter-Finley Stadium
Raleigh, NC
NC State 29-13 NCSU 6–3
September 8 1979 Carter-Finley Stadium
Raleigh, NC
NC State 34-20 NCSU 7–3
November 11 1980 Carter-Finley Stadium
Raleigh, NC
NC State 36-14 NCSU 8–3
September 19 1981 Carter-Finley Stadium
Raleigh, NC
NC State 31-10 NCSU 9–3
September 11 1982 Carter-Finley Stadium
Raleigh, NC
NC State 33-26 NCSU 10–3
September 10 1983 Carter-Finley Stadium
Raleigh, NC
ECU 22-16 NCSU 10–4
September 29 1984 Carter-Finley Stadium
Raleigh, NC
NC State 31-22 NCSU 11–4
September 7 1985 Carter-Finley Stadium
Raleigh, NC
ECU 33-14 NCSU 11–5
September 6 1986 Carter-Finley Stadium
Raleigh, NC
NC State 38-10 NCSU 12–5
September 5 1987 Carter-Finley Stadium
Raleigh, NC
ECU 32-14 NCSU 12–6
January 1 1992 Fulton County Stadium (Peach Bowl)
Atlanta, GA
ECU 37-34 NCSU 12–7
November 30 1996 Bank of America Stadium
Charlotte, NC
ECU 50-29 NCSU 12–8
November 22 1997 Carter-Finley Stadium
Raleigh, NC
NC State 37-24 NCSU 13–8
November 20 1999 Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium
Greenville, NC
ECU 23-6 NCSU 13–9
November 27 2004 Bank of America Stadium
Charlotte, NC
NC State 52-14 NCSU 14–9
November 25 2006 Carter-Finley Stadium
Raleigh, NC
ECU 21-16 NCSU 14–10
October 20 2007 Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium
Greenville, NC
NC State 34-20 NCSU 15–10
September 20 2008 Carter-Finley Stadium
Raleigh, NC
NC State 30-24OT NCSU 16–10
October 16 2010 Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium
Greenville, NC
ECU 33-27OT NCSU 16–11
November 23 2013 Carter-Finley Stadium
Raleigh, NC
ECU 42-28 NCSU 16–12

Baseball[edit]

Baseball
ECU logo NC State logo
East Carolina NC State
Originated 1966
Series NC State leads 66-39-0
Highest Margin of Victory NC State 17, ECU 1 (16)
March 15, 1987
Highest Scoring Game ECU 16, NC State 9 (25)
April 18, 1967
NC State 17, ECU 8 (25)
May 6, 1987
Most Recent Game ECU 0, NC State 2
April 9, 2013

Since 1966, the two teams have met a total of 105 times. N.C. State leads the record 66-39-0. The two teams regularly qualify for the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship and games often have implications on the national rankings, as both teams are consistently in the top 30.

Notable games[edit]

1968: NCAA District 3 Playoffs
East Carolina entered the NCAA Playoff with an opening win against Florida State and advanced to the next round to face N.C. State where they lost 7-5, giving N.C. State a sweep of the Pirates. This would be the first time that the two schools would meet in the tournament, and the two schools would not meet again in the tournament until 1990.[5] East Carolina was eventually knocked out of the tournament by Florida State. N.C. State would advance to the semi-final round of the 1968 College World Series, only to be eliminated by the eventual national champion USC Trojans.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ WRAL.com (1997-11-19). "New Law Allows State-ECU Rivalry to Go On". Capitol Broadcasting Company. Retrieved 2009-02-11. 
  2. ^ Bethany Bradsher. "Family Feud". East Magazine. Retrieved 2009-02-11. 
  3. ^ "Holland Issues Scheduling Statement". East Carolina University. Retrieved 2009-02-11. 
  4. ^ "East Carolina vs NC State". College Football Palace. Retrieved 2009-02-11. [dead link]
  5. ^ "1990 Men's Division I Baseball Atlantic Regional Game 8 - 1990-05-28". NCAA. Retrieved 2009-09-09. 
  6. ^ "NCAA Championship Archive". NCAA. Retrieved 2009-05-23.