NC State Notebook: Wolfpack readies for big game at No. 9 Notre Dame

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North Carolina State travels to South Bend, Indiana, to take on No. 9 Notre Dame in a Saturday showdown that has national ramifications. 

The Wolfpack, ranked 14th in the nation, are riding in on a six-game winning streak and defeated the Irish 10-3 last season at Carter-Finley Stadium in a rugged contest played in a deluge from Hurricane Matthew. 

The game Saturday afternoon should provide some insight into N.C. State’s chances to make a splash on the national scene. 

Wolfpack by the numbers: 

2 — Number of times N.C. State has played Notre Dame 

0 — Number of times N.C. State has lost to Notre Dame. 

2 — Number of ranked teams N.C. State has defeated in 2017. 

2 — Number of ranked teams N.C. State will play in the next two weeks. 

2008 — Last season N.C State defeated two ranked schools in the same season. 

1992 — Last season N.C. State won games against three ranked teams. 

6 — Number of times N.C. State has been involved in a matchup of two top-15 teams

1 — N.C. State has only won once in a matchup of top-15 teams (October 7, 1967 at Houston).

7 — Number of teams in N.C. State history (since joining the ACC in 1953) that have started the season with a 6-1 record. 

6 — Number of games N.C. State has won in a row. 

2002 — The last time N.C. State won six games in a row. 

4 — Consecutive years N.C. State has reached bowl eligibility. 

7 — Number of senior classes in N.C. State history that have played in four straight bowl games. 

313 — Consecutive passes Ryan Finley has thrown without an interception (longest streak in the nation). 

379 — N.C. State and ACC record for most consecutive passes thrown without an interception (Russell Wilson, 2008-09). 

5 — Ted Brown holds the N.C. State record with five consecutive games of at least 100 yards rushing.

3 — Number of consecutive games with at least 100 yards rushing for Nyheim Hines. 

6 — National ranking of N.C. State’s rushing defense.

6 — National ranking of Notre Dame’s rushing offense. 

0 — Number of sacks N.C. State has allowed in ACC play.

8 — National ranking of N.C. State and Notre Dame (tied) in sacks averaged per game (2.57). 

41 — Career touchdown total for Jaylen Samuels. 

52 — Career touchdown total for Ted Brown (N.C. State record). 

35 — Number of consecutive games Jaylen Samuels has at least one reception. 

39 — N.C. State school record for consecutive games with at least one reception (tie: Bryan Peterson, Jerricho Cotchery)

180 — Jaylen Samuels career reception total

200 — Jerricho Cotchery career reception total (school record). 

14 — Number of times a N.C. State player has at least 100 yards receiving in a game over the last 20 contests. 

48 — Number of tackles for loss for Bradley Chubb in his career (second in N.C. State history behind Mario Williams with 55.5). 

22.5 — Bradley Chubb’s career sack total (fourth in N.C. State history)

25.5 — Mario Williams’ career sack total at N.C. State (best in school history). 

9 — Number of seniors N.C. State starts on defense. 

11 — Number of returning senior starters from the 2016 season. 

Primetime with the Pack

N.C. State’s men’s basketball team held its annual Primetime with the Pack event Friday in Reynolds Coliseum. 

The event featured a dunk contest and 3-point shootout. It was also a chance for Wolfpack fans to get acquainted with what will be a drastically different team in the 2017-18 campaign under new head coach Kevin Keatts. 

What Keatts is looking for over the coming weeks is leadership from his veteran players — Abdul-Malik Abu, Lennard Freeman and Allerik Freeman.

“I’m asking some older guys to show some leadership and maturity,” Keatts said. “I’m starting to get that from guys like Lennard, Malik, and Al who have played in the (NCAA) tournament.  

“The freshmen are coming along and — freshmen are a little slower than the older guys but they are working hard every day. Their effort has been great. Every day we’ve been in that gym they’ve given me plenty of effort.”

According to one of the returning players, the work N.C. State has been putting in in preparation for the upcoming campaign has been grueling. 

“It’s been intense,” junior Torin Dorn Jr. said “We run a lot and Coach Keatts preaches us being the most in-shape team in the country. In order to do that, you have to run.”

While many think N.C. State will have some bumps in the road the excitement for the season is palpable. 

Keatts is keen to come to work each day and build a winner. 

“I’m excited,” Keatts said. “I have a great opportunity here. When you talk about N.C. State, you talk about the great tradition and everything that’s happened at this university. I have a great situation with a passionate fan base.

“One thing you’ll know about me. Every day I’ll show up for work and punch the clock. I hope our players do the same.”