Preview: North Carolina State at Central Florida

When: 8:00 PM ET, Friday, December 26, 2014
Where: Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida


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1. When we last saw UCF, the Knights were storming the field following a Hail Mary catch by Breshad Perriman to defeat East Carolina and claim a share of the American Athletic Conference title. The dramatic win helped UCF earn a berth in the Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl against North Carolina State, which won three of its last four games. The teams have split their two previous meetings, with North Carolina State recording a 28-21 victory in 2010.

2. While UCF is seeking its fourth consecutive bowl victory, North Carolina State is returning to the postseason after going 3-9 in 2013. The Knights boast one of the nation’s top defenses, led by linebacker Terrance Plummer and cornerback Jacoby Glenn, who is tied for third in the country with seven interceptions. Plummer has a team-high 92 tackles for UCF, which allows 17.9 points per game - ninth in the nation. 

3. UCF’s stout defense should be tested by a North Carolina State offense that outscored its final two opponents – Wake Forest and North Carolina – by a combined 77-20. The Knights boast the nation’s fifth-best rushing defense, but the Wolfpack rushed for 388 yards in a 35-7 victory over North Carolina to end the regular season. Shadrach Thornton led the way with 28 carries for 161 yards.

TV: 8 p.m. ET, ESPN. LINE: UCF -2

ABOUT NORTH CAROLINA STATE (7-5, 3-5 ACC): After jumping to a 24-7 first-quarter lead over Florida State on Sept. 27, the Wolfpack ended up falling 56-41 and losing their next three games. Quarterback Jacoby Brissett owns a 22-to-5 touchdown-to-interception ratio and has run for 498 yards and three scores. Mike Rose has 14 tackles-for-loss to lead the defense, which allowed an average of 15.9 points in its seven victories.

ABOUT UCF (9-3, 7-1 AAC): The Knights opened with losses to Penn State and Missouri before winning five in a row, including a 31-24 overtime victory over BYU. While the defense has been a strength all season, the offense struggled early before averaging 33 points during a four-game winning streak to close the regular season. Quarterback Justin Holman has thrown 20 touchdowns and 13 interceptions while Perriman has caught a TD pass in seven straight games.

PREDICTION: UCF 21, North Carolina State 17

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk PF PA Home Away Grass Turf Conf
North Carolina State 7-5 W2 29.8 27.0 4-3 3-2 6-4 0-0 3-5
Central Florida 9-3 W4 28.2 17.9 6-1 3-2 8-2 1-0 7-1

Last Meeting

North Carolina State Central Florida
Date Away Home Tot Rus Pas Tot Rus Pas
9/11/10 NCST 28 UCF 21 244 139 105 308 95 213

Player Stats

Previous Matchup
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
NCST R. Wilson 33.3 105 1 0
UCF J. Godfrey 70.0 107 0 0
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
NCST M. Greene 14 55 3.9 1
UCF J. Godfrey 10 53 5.3 2
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
NCST D. Davis 2 38 19.0 1
UCF B. Watters 6 88 14.7 0
TDs Player TD
NCST D. Davis 1
UCF J. Godfrey 2
Season
Passing Player COMP% YDS TD INT
NCST J. Brissett 59.9 2344 22 5
UCF J. Holman 59.0 2661 20 13
Rushing Player CAR YDS AVG TD
NCST S. Thornton 147 811 5.5 9
UCF W. Stanback 178 660 3.7 10
Receiving Player REC YDS AVG TD
NCST B. Hines 42 537 12.8 1
UCF B. Perriman 41 906 22.1 9
TDs Player TD
NCST M. Dayes 11
UCF W. Stanback 12

Quickchart Matchup

North Carolina State Off vs  Central Florida Def
402 yards
282.8 yards
5.4 yards/rush
3.1 yards/rush
6.7 yards/attempt
5.4 yards/attempt
Central Florida Off vs  North Carolina State Def
362.8 yards
373.1 yards
3.2 yards/rush
4.3 yards/rush
7.6 yards/attempt
6.7 yards/attempt

Live Game Odds

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Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

North Carolina State Overall Central Florida
7-5-0 W/L 9-3-0
7-5-0 ATS 8-4-0
5-6-1 O/U 6-6-0
29.8 Pts For 28.2
27.0 Pts Against 17.9
North Carolina State A/H Central Florida
3-2 W/L 6-1
4-1-0 ATS 5-2-0
1-3-1 O/U 4-3-0
25.2 Pts For 33.4
22.4 Pts Against 14.0