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East Carolina–NC State rivalry
First contested1970
East Carolina–NC State rivalry is located in North Carolina
Locations in North Carolina

The East Carolina–NC State rivalry is a rivalry between East Carolina University and North Carolina State University. Both teams are located in North Carolina. The intensity of the rivalry is driven by the proximity (both are UNC system schools and are only 83 miles apart via U.S. Highway 264) and the size of the two schools (NC State is the largest university in the state and East Carolina is the fourth largest).

East Carolina was founded in 1907 as a normal school. It became a four-year institution in 1920 and was renamed East Carolina Teachers College. It then became East Carolina College in 1951 and East Carolina University in 1967. East Carolina joined the UNC System in 1972.

North Carolina State was founded in 1887 as a land-grant college. Its original name was North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts. In 1918, it changed its name to North Carolina State College of Agriculture and Engineering. In 1931, the school moved to under the Consolidated University of North Carolina and was renamed North Carolina State College of Agriculture and Engineering of the University of North Carolina. It once again was renamed North Carolina State of the University of North Carolina at Raleigh in 1963 and received its current name in 1965.


East Carolina–N.C. State rivalry
First contestedOctober 10, 1970
NC State 23, East Carolina 6
Number of meetings30
Most recent meetingDecember 1, 2018
NC State 58, East Carolina 3
Next meetingAugust 31, 2019 in Raleigh
All-time seriesNC State leads, 17–13 (.567)
Largest victoryNC State, 58–3 (2018)
Longest win streakNC State, 5 (1978–1982)
Current streakNC State, 1 (2018–present)

The most prominent sport in the rivalry is football. The two teams began competing against each other in 1970. The football series between the two teams was suspended in 1987. Jim Valvano terminated NC State’s scheduling of East Carolina after Pirate fans tore down goal posts and the playing surface at Carter–Finley in 1987. NC State’s athletics administration had publicly warned ECU and Pirate fans after two consecutive years of minor vandalisms to the stadium. The schools would not meet again until the 1992 Peach Bowl. 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 proposed a bill demanding that UNC–CH and N.C. State must play East Carolina on an annual basis. This would officially revive the series between East Carolina and N.C. State.[1]

East Carolina and NC State have met on the football field 30 times, with 23 of those games played in Carter–Finley Stadium, 4 in Dowdy–Ficklen Stadium, and 3 in neutral venues. The highest profile game was played in the 1992 Peach Bowl, with 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.[2]

NC State leads the all-time series, with 17 wins to East Carolina's 13 wins.[3]

Victory Barrel

In 2007, the Student Government Associations of both North Carolina State University and East Carolina University in a cooperative agreement began awarding the ‘Victory Barrel’ to the game winner. The outer face of the barrel is affixed with engraved colored plates denoting the year, final score, and winner of each contest dating back to 1970.

Football game results

East Carolina victoriesNC State victories
1 October 10, 1970 Raleigh, NC NC State 23–6
2 October 23, 1971 Raleigh, NC East Carolina 31–15
3 October 21, 1972 Raleigh, NC NC State 38–16
4 September 8, 1973 Raleigh, NC #17 NC State 57–8
5 October 5, 1974 Raleigh, NC #8 NC State 24–20
6 September 6, 1975 Raleigh, NC NC State 26–3
7 September 18, 1976 Raleigh, NC East Carolina 23–14
8 September 3, 1977 Raleigh, NC East Carolina 28–23
9 September 9, 1978 Raleigh, NC NC State 29–13
10 September 8, 1979 Raleigh, NC NC State 34–20
11 November 11, 1980 Raleigh, NC NC State 36–14
12 September 19, 1981 Raleigh, NC NC State 31–10
13 September 11, 1982 Raleigh, NC NC State 33–26
14 September 10, 1983 Raleigh, NC East Carolina 22–16
15 September 29, 1984 Raleigh, NC NC State 31–22
16 September 7, 1985 Raleigh, NC East Carolina 33–14
17 September 6, 1986 Raleigh, NC NC State 38–10
18 September 5, 1987 Raleigh, NC East Carolina 32–14
19 January 1, 1992 Atlanta, GA #12 East Carolina 37–34
20 November 30, 1996 Charlotte, NC East Carolina 50–29
21 November 22, 1997 Raleigh, NC NC State 37–24
22 November 20, 1999 Greenville, NC #23 East Carolina 23–6
23 November 27, 2004 Charlotte, NC NC State 52–14
24 November 25, 2006 Raleigh, NC East Carolina 21–16
25 October 20, 2007 Greenville, NC NC State 34–20
26 September 20, 2008 Raleigh, NC NC State 30–24OT
27 October 16, 2010 Greenville, NC East Carolina 33–27OT
28 November 23, 2013 Raleigh, NC East Carolina 42–28
29 September 10, 2016 Greenville, NC East Carolina 33–30
30 December 1, 2018 Raleigh, NC NC State 58–3
Series: NC State leads 17–13

See also


  1. (1997-11-19). "New Law Allows State-ECU Rivalry to Go On". Capitol Broadcasting Company. Retrieved 2009-02-11.
  2. Bethany Bradsher. "Family Feud". East Magazine. Retrieved 2009-02-11.
  3. "Holland Issues Scheduling Statement". East Carolina University. Retrieved 2009-02-11.