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GAME CENTER: NORTH CAROLINA STATE 52, EAST CAROLINA 14

Nice guy finished last

John Thompson boarded the Pirate ship in December of 2002 with an eagerness to cure the ills that had produced a 4-8 record the preceding season. He had a winning way off the field, making himself supremely accessible to one and all and promising championships ... More from Al Myatt...

Rivalry becomes hollow spectacle

CHARLOTTE Raycom could have billed it as the Irrelevant Bowl. Though such a label had never before seemed appropriate for the East Carolina-N.C. State football rivalry, the 23rd showdown between the two had the exciting buildup of a Lawrence Welk Show ... More from Denny O'Brien...

Wolfpack mauls Pirates

CHARLOTTE Jay Davis threw three touchdown passes and N.C. State allowed only 140 yards in a dominating 52- 14 victory over East Carolina on Saturday, spoiling the final game for Pirates coach John Thompson ... More...

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