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NC State to count canceled Holiday Bowl as a win in record books

The Holiday Bowl was formally canceled on Wednesday after NC State failed to discover a alternative for UCLA. The Bruins had to drop out of the sport, initially scheduled for Tuesday, simply hours earlier than kickoff due to a COVID-19 outbreak. 

Nevertheless, it will not be a whole loss for the Wolfpack. NC State coach Dave Doeren instructed ESPN’s Andrea Adelson that Holiday Bowl officers offered the workforce with the trophy throughout a assembly. Not solely that, however the workforce will likely be counting the canceled sport as a win in the record books. 

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If that is true, NC State will end the season with a 10–3 record. This may be this system’s first 10-win season because the Wolfpack ended 2002 with 11 wins, and simply the second 10-plus-win season in program historical past. It might be a unusual manner to declare such a historic mark. NC State additionally hasn’t gained a bowl sport because the 2017 Solar Bowl.

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