O’BRIEN GAINS 100th CAREER VICTORY
Today’s win over West Virginia marked the 100th of Tom O’Brien’s 14-year career as a head coach. O’Brien posts a career mark of 100-70 and is 25-25 at NC State.
PACK WIN TOTAL TIES AS SECOND-HIGHEST IN SCHOOL HISTORY
Tonight’s win gave the Wolfpack a 9-4 record for 2010. That win total ties as the second-highest in school history. The 2002 squad holds the record with 11 victories (11-3) and eight Wolfpack teams have posted nine wins in a season.
O’BRIEN ENJOYS BOWL SUCCESS
Wolfpack head coach Tom O’Brien has not only taken 10 of his 14 teams to bowl games, but he has now won seven of the last eight bowls in which he has stood on the sidelines. O’Brien’s 2006 Boston College squad advanced to postseason play, but O’Brien had taken the job at NC State before the Meineke Car Care Bowl and did not coach that Eagle win. The Eagles won bowl games in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2005 with O’Brien as head coach.
WILSON NAMED CHAMPS SPORTS BOWL MVP
Russell Wilson was named the Champs Sports Bowl MVP after completing 28 of 45 passes for 275 yards and two touchdown strikes with zero interceptions. He also ran for 41 yards.
WILSON TIES RIVERS’ ACC, SCHOOL RECORD
With 37 total touchdowns on the year, Russell Wilson tied former Wolfpack quarterback Philip Rivers’ conference and single-season record. Wilson tossed 28 touchdown passes this year and rushed for nine more. Rivers set the record in 2003.
CZAJKOWSKI FIELD GOAL TOTAL SECOND IN SCHOOL HISTORY
With three field goals tonight, senior placekicker Josh Czajkowski ended up with 20 field goals made in 2010, a mark which ties as the highest total in school history. Only Groza Award winner Marc Primanti had as many for the Pack in 1996.
Czajkowski ended his career with 46 field goals made, the third-highest career tally in school history and the most since Damon Hartman had 48 from 1988-91. Tonight’s game marked only the second time in Czajkowski’s career that he kicked three field goals in one game (he had three in an overtime win at Miami in 2008).
CHRISTOPHE GETS FIRST START
Redshirt freshman Duran Christophe earned his first career start tonight, subbing for the injured Andrew Wallace at left guard. Tonight’s starting offensive line consisted of one senior (Jake Vermiglio), three sophomores (Camden Wentz, Zach Allen and R.J. Mattes) and a freshman (Christophe).
BISHOP PICKS OFF FOURTH PASS OF SEASON
Sophomore safety Brandan Bishop picked off his fourth pass of the season in the fourth quarter of tonight’s game. He pulled down one interception versus Virginia Tech and had two in the win over Boston College.
ORLANDO = FORCED TURNOVERS
NC State forced a season-high five turnovers for the second time this year - having done the same in it’s previous trip to Orlando during a 28-21 win at UCF.
OFFENSE SCORES ON MOUTAINEERS
NC State’s 23 points is the most allowed all season by West Virginia. Heading into tonight’s game, WVU was the only program in FBS football to not have allowed 21 or more points to a single opponent this year.