N.C. State, ECU schedule meeting to make up games canceled by Hurricane Florence

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The two schools will play in Raleigh, N.C., on Dec. 1 as a makeup for games canceled because of Hurricane Florence.
The two schools will play in Raleigh, N.C., on Dec. 1 as a makeup for games canceled because of Hurricane Florence.

N.C. State and East Carolina have agreed to play each other on Dec. 1 in Raleigh, N.C., the schools announced on Tuesday. The meeting will make up canceled games for both programs earlier this season.

The Wolfpack and Pirates were set to play West Virginia and Virginia Tech, respectively, the weekend of Sept. 15, but had to cancel those games because of Hurricane Florence. Neither school could find a suitable date to make up the games with their originally scheduled opponents.

N.C. State will pay ECU $300,000 for the Dec. 1 meeting — the same amount it would have paid West Virginia — unless one or both teams qualify for their respective conference championship games, which would take place the same weekend.

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"This replacement game makes sense for both schools," N.C. State director of athletics Debbie Yow said in a statement. "N.C. State lost a home game and ECU lost a road game due to Hurricane Florence. We're pleased to be able to secure this 12th game for both our fans and our team."

The last time the two teams met, East Carolina defeated N.C. State 33-30 in 2016 in Greenville, N.C.

"The opportunity to extend the football series with N.C. State is of great importance to ECU, the region and our fan base," ECU chancellor Cecil Staton said in a statement. "We had to make that decision Monday in order to formalize an agreement to capitalize on this opportunity and we are pleased that we could bring this to formal contract."

The Wolfpack are 4-0 (1-0 ACC) and ranked 23rd in the latest AP Top 25 Poll. They will face Boston College at home this weekend. The Pirates (2-2, 0-1 American Athletic Conference) will travel to Philadelphia to face Temple.

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