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ECU-NC State rivalry
ECU logo NC State logo
East Carolina Pirates NC State Wolfpack

The ECU-NC State rivalry, also known as the East Carolina-NC State rivalry, the State-ECU rivalry, the ECU-NCSU rivalry, and other similar variations is an ongoing series of athletic competitions 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, as both are only 77 miles apart via U.S. Highway 264, the size of the two schools, as NC State is the largest university in the state and East Carolina is the third largest, and the fact that both schools are competing for many of the same students and athletes.

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Football

Football
Originated 1970
Series NC State leads 16-10-0
Highest Margin of Victory NC State 57, ECU 8
September 8, 1973
Highest Scoring Game ECU 50, NC State 29
November 20, 1996
Most Recent Game NC State 30, ECU 24OT
September 20, 2008

ECU logo NC State logo
East Carolina (10) NC State (16)
1971 1976
1977 1983
1985 1987
1992* 1996#
1999 2006
1970 1972
1973 1974
1975 1978
1979 1980
1981 1982
1984 1986
1997 2004#
2007 2008
 
Did Not Play:
1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005
* Bowl Games
# Neutral Site

The most prominent sport in the rivalry is football. The two teams have been competing against each other since 1970. The football series between the two teams was briefly suspended for a year in 1987 and the two schools did not meet until 1992 in the Peach Bowl due to disagreements about home scheduling.[1] 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 briefly proposed a bill demanding that the University of North Carolina and NC State must play East Carolina at their respective home fields in football, but it never came to fruition as the two schools agreed to schedule games in Greenville, and the bill was removed from consideration. This would officially revive the series between East Carolina and NC State.[2][3]

East Carolina and NC State have met on the football field 26 times, with 11 of those games played in Carter-Finley Stadium, 2 in Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, and 3 in neutral venues. The highest profile game was played in the 1992 Peach Bowl, where a fourth quarter comeback saw Bill Lewis' Pirates defeat Dick Sheridan's Wolfpack 37-34.[4] With a combined 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.[1]

NC State leads the all-time series, but the two schools each have five wins between each other in the past ten years. The next game to be played between the two teams will be in 2010 at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium in Greenville, North Carolina and will be the first game after the addition of seats in the east endzone, and the home opener for the Pirates.[5]

Traditions

ECU fans tear down the goal posts of Carter-Finley Stadium in 1985 after defeating NC State 33-14.
East Carolina prepares to hike the ball against NC State in Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh on September 20, 2008. The Wolfpack won this game 30-24 in Overtime.

One of the most well-known traditions of the rivalry is the tearing down of the goal posts after the end of the game by fans of the winning team, a practice which has been discontinued in the series since 1999, however, there was one time not related to the actual series where the goalposts were torn down.

After the devastation of Eastern North Carolina by Hurricane Floyd, the Pirates were stranded in Columbia, South Carolina after having beaten the South Carolina Gamecocks. With Greenville still reeling from the mass flooding, the Pirates were unable to play the Miami Hurricanes in Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, and instead the game was relocated to NC State's Carter-Finley Stadium.

After going into halftime with only a field goal on the board, the Pirates rallied back in the fourth quarter under the leadership of Quarterback David Garrard and defeated the #9 Hurricanes 27-23 and triumphantly tore down the goal posts. Neither ECU or NC State's goal posts have been torn down since this game, as each team has a crew manually drop the goal posts after big victories and protect them.[6]

Football game results

ECU victories are shaded in  purple and gold.  NC State victories are shaded  red and white . [7]

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

Baseball

Baseball
ECU logo NC State logo
East Carolina NC State
Originated 1966
Series NC State leads 62-36-0
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 7, NC State 0
April 15, 2009

Since 1966, the two teams have met a total of 98 times. N.C. State leads the record 62-36-0. 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

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.[8] 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.[9]

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