bitcoin_Bowl_logoGAME FACTS

What: NC State (7-5, 3-5 ACC) vs. Central Florida (9-3, 7-1 AAC).

When: Dec. 26 at 8 p.m. in Tropicana Field at St. Petersburg, Fla.

Radio-TV: The game will be broadcast live on ESPN. Adam Armin will handle the play by play, John Congemi will serve as the color analyst and Kaylee Hartung will be on the sidelines. Wolfpack Capital Sports (101.5 FM) and its various radio affiliates throughout the state will carry the contest.

Coaches: NC State: Dave Doeren (10-14 at NC State, 2nd year, and 33-18 overall, 4th year). Central Florida: George O’Leary (81-59 at UCF, 11th year, and 133-92 overall, 18th year).

History: The two teams have split the previous meetings, with UCF winning 25-22 in Raleigh in the 2007 season opener for both squads while the Pack won 28-21 three years later in Orlando, Fla.

Central Florida Notes: Redshirt junior defensive lineman Thomas Niles is a former Wolfpack commitment that switched his pledge to sign with UCF, and he has started all 12 games this year for the Knights and compiled 44 tackles, 11 tackles for loss and a team-high 6.5 sacks … He also leads the team with 11 quarterback hurries … UCF has won 22 of its 24 conference games since 2012, posting the fourth-best conference winning percentage (.917) in that span … Central Florida’s 31 wins since 2012 are tied with Clemson for seventh most in the Football Bowl Subdivision … The Knights have a 3-3 all-time mark in bowls but have won their last three, including the 2010 AutoZone Liberty Bowl over Georgia and last year’s Tostitos Fiesta Bowl over Baylor … O’Leary previously coached at Georgia Tech and has a 7-2 all-time record in games against the Wolfpack … Senior middle linebacker Terrance Plummer leads the stout defense and was named All-AAC first team … He ranks eighth on the school’s all-time list with 327 tackles … Central Florida is second in the country in kickoff return average (26.6 yards per attempt) … Senior kicker Shawn Moffitt is the all-time leading scorer at UCF with 305 points and also has made the most field goals (51) … He needs three more extra points to tie the school record of 81 consecutive made extra points … NC State defensive coordinator Dave Huxtable held the same position for O’Leary from 2008-10 and was previously O’Leary’s linebackers coach and special teams coordinator for three years.