CHAPEL HILL --- Carolina puts its unbeaten home record on the line when the Tar Heels play host to NC State Saturday, Oct. 27, at Kenan Stadium. The game will kick off at 12:30 p.m. on the ACC Network.
The Tar Heels are 4-0 at home with wins over Elon, East Carolina, Idaho and Virginia Tech. Carolina is looking to end a five-game losing streak against NC State. The Tar Heels last victory over the Wolfpack was a 23-9 decision in 2006.
Carolina fell to 1-3 on the road with last week's 33-30 loss at Duke. Giovani Bernard continued his outstanding season with 209 all-purpose yards, including 143 rushing and 66 receiving, and scored two touchdowns. NC State is coming off a 20-18 victory at Maryland.
• TB Giovani Bernard has rushed for more than 100 yards in three consecutive games and 10 times in his career. Over the last three weeks against Virginia Tech (262), Miami (177) and Duke (143), Bernard is averaging 194.0 yards per game.
• Bernard leads the ACC and ranks fifth in the nation with 132.5 yards rushing per game.
• Despite playing in just six games, Giovani Bernard ranks second in the ACC with 12 touchdowns and is third in the nation with 12.0 points per game.
• WR Erik Highsmith ranks sixth all-time at UNC with 151 receptions. He needs two catches to pass Dwight Jones (152) and move into fifth place and five to move ahead of Corey Holliday (155) and into fourth place.
• Eric Ebron has 467 yards receiving and has moved past Mike Chatham (448 in 1979) as the UNC single-season record holder in receiving yards by a tight end. He currently has 31 receptions and needs five catches to tie Ryan Taylor for most receptions by a tight end (36 in 2010).
• Carolina has won five games by a combined total of 167 points. The three losses were decided by just nine points. UNC's average margin of victory in its five wins is 33.4 and the average margin of defeat in three games is 3.0.
• Carolina is +5 in turnover margin this season, and ranks third in the ACC and 35th in the nation.
• In the second half, Carolina is outscoring its opponents 146-44, including an 89-16 mark in the third quarter.
• Carolina leads the ACC and is eighth in the nation in sacks allowed per game (0.63). The Tar Heels have allowed just five sacks this season.
• Carolina is averaging more than 250 yards passing (271.1) and 200 yards rushing (206.4). UNC is one of only eight FBS schools and one of just two ACC schools (FSU is the other) averaging at least 250 passing and 200 rushing.
SEVEN THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT THE NC STATE GAME
1. Old Well Walk begins at 10 a.m.
2. Liquid Pleasure performs in Kenan Amphitheater at 10:15 a.m.
3. Former track and field head coach Dennis Craddock to receive Priceless Gem
4. Rams Club Day
5. Carolina Swimmer Stephanie Peacock will be recognized for her 2012 NCAA Swimming Championship
6. Game is SOLD OUT!
7. "Turn It Blue" at Kenan Stadium and help the Heels beat NC State!
ANOTHER EARLY START
This is the eighth consecutive season Carolina and NC State have played their rivalry game at either noon or 12:30 dating back to 2004. In 2004, the game was played at 6 p.m. and Carolina won 30-24 when the Tar Heels forced a fumble on NC State's T.A. McLendon as he attempted to cross the goal line. Defensive end Tommy Davis, now a graduate assistant at UNC, made a stop on the previous play to prevent McLendon from crossing the goal line.
A WIN OVER NC STATE WOULD...
• Improve the Tar Heels to 6-3 overall, 3-2 in ACC action.
• Improve UNC to 5-0 at Kenan Stadium.
• Snap Carolina's five-game losing streak to the Wolfpack.
CAROLINA-NC STATE SERIES NOTES
• North Carolina leads the series with NC State, 63-32-6, but has dropped five straight. The Tar Heels five-game losing streak matches the longest in the series. Carolina also dropped five in a row from 1988-92.
• The Carolina-NC State series is the fourth-most played in ACC history. Carolina is part of four of the five most played series in ACC history.
• The team that has held the rushing advantage has won 18 of the last 20 meetings. The lone exceptions came in 2004 when Carolina won 30-24, but was outgained on the ground, 304-164, and in 2009 when Carolina had 159 rushing yards to NC State's 76.