In the 100th meeting between NC State and North Carolina, this one has lived up to the billing. Both quarterbacks T.J. Yates and Russell Wilson have had their share of highlight-worthy moments, UNC linebacker Bruce Carter and NC State linebacker Nate Irving have been living up to their reputations as two of the best at their positions, and kickers Josh Czajkowski and Casey Barth have both made field goals longer than 40 yards.
Game-changing plays have been made in all three phases of the game by both teams. Da'Norris Searcy had his fourth interception of the season, and UNC lost a fumble. Both quarterbacks have been pressured, and have been forced into mistakes. So far, UNC has made fewer mistakes, as NC State has had some costly missed tackles and missed blocks. The Tar Heels have been able to control the clock, but have hurt themselves with penalties. Quarterbacks and turnovers will likely decide the outcome.