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Georgia Tech at NC State
When: 4:00 PM ET, Saturday, December 5, 2020
Where: Carter-Finley Stadium, Raleigh, North Carolina

North Carolina State will try to reverse a losing trend and earn a little revenge Saturday when it hosts Georgia Tech in Raleigh.

The Wolfpack (7-3, 6-3 ACC) have not beaten Georgia Tech (3-5, 3-4) at home since 2000 and would like to end that streak this weekend, when they play their final regular-season game.

NC State is still smarting from last year's 28-26 defeat to the Yellow Jackets in Atlanta. Coach Dave Doeren's injury-depleted team fell behind 21-3 and saw their comeback fall short when a final two-point conversion failed.

Georgia Tech leads the series 20-10 and has a 9-6 advantage in games played in Raleigh.

"It's been a fun year," Doeren said. "It's a special group. If we get this next one and it puts us at eight (wins), it would make it even better."

NC State has significantly improved its offense this year. Last season, the Wolfpack averaged 22.1 points per game. This season that figure is 31.9. The Wolfpack are coming off a 36-29 win over Syracuse, scoring the final 16 points to secure the victory.

Quarterback Bailey Hockman has thrown for 1,511 yards and 12 touchdowns in eight games. He passed for a career-high 313 yards and four touchdowns against Syracuse.

Zonovan "Bam" Knight and Ricky Person have been a steady, dependable combination in the backfield. They combine for an average of 127.4 yards per game, and Knight (698 yards) has eight touchdowns.

NC State's Christopher Dunn needs two field goals to tie the school's career record. He has 53, including a 31-yarder that sealed the win against Syracuse.

The Wolfpack got a boost on defense last week when safety Tanner Ingle returned after missing most of the season with a hamstring injury. He had seven tackles against Syracuse.

Georgia Tech ended a three-game losing streak - and a month-long layoff - with a 56-33 win over Duke. The Yellow Jackets had three players from that game honored by the ACC - offensive tackle Zach Quinney (co-Offensive Lineman of the Week), quarterback Jeff Sims (Rookie of the Week) and defensive end Jordan Domineck (Defensive Lineman of the Week).

It was the third time Sims has received such an honor. He set career highs for rushing yard (108) and touchdown passes (three) and became the first freshman in the country to run for at least 100 yards and pass for at least three TDs in a game this season. Sims has thrown for 1,492 yards and 11 touchdowns and rushed for 385 yards and four TDs this year.

Domineck had a crucial strip sack and fumble recovery for a touchdown that changed the momentum of the game against Duke. He finished with two sacks and 2½ tackles for loss. He leads the team with four sacks and 7½ tackles for loss.

"We're a culture built on effort," Georgia Tech coach Geoff Collins said. "He plays with ridiculous effort. When you do that, good things happen, and that's what he did. He did a great job giving great effort when we weren't playing (for a month), and it showed."

--Field Level Media

Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W‑L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
Georgia Tech 3-5 W1 25.8 38.9 2-3 1-2 3-3 0-0 3-4
NC State 7-3 W3 31.9 31.4 4-1 3-2 6-3 0-0 6-3
Last Meeting
Georgia Tech NC State
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
11/21/19 NCST 26 GT 28 395 266 129 457 230 227
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Georgia Tech J. Graham 46.7 129 3 0
NC State D. Leary 61.3 227 1 0
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Georgia Tech J. Mason 22 141 6.4 0
NC State Z. Knight 18 100 5.6 1
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Georgia Tech M. Carter 2 74 37.0 0
NC State T. Hines 4 88 22.0 0
Touchdowns Player TD
Georgia Tech A. Brown 2
NC State C. Angeline 1
Season
Passing Player COMP % YDS TD INT
Georgia Tech J. Sims 56.0 1492 11 11
NC State B. Hockman 63.7 1511 12 8
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
Georgia Tech J. Gibbs 89 460 5.2 4
NC State Z. Knight 124 698 5.6 8
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
Georgia Tech J. Camp 22 320 14.5 3
NC State E. Emezie 36 603 16.8 5
Touchdowns Player TD
Georgia Tech J. Gibbs 7
NC State Z. Knight 9
Quickchart Matchup
Georgia Tech Georgia Tech Off vs  NC State NC State Def
Georgia Tech 392.4 yards
NC State 418.8 yards
Georgia Tech 4.7 yards/rush
NC State 3.9 yards/rush
Georgia Tech 7.2 yards/attempt
NC State 7.1 yards/attempt
NC State NC State Off vs  Georgia Tech Georgia Tech Def
NC State 390.9 yards
Georgia Tech 460.4 yards
NC State 3.6 yards/rush
Georgia Tech 4.3 yards/rush
NC State 7.9 yards/attempt
Georgia Tech 7.7 yards/attempt