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Born in the U.S.A.

Challenger, an American bald eagle, swooped onto the field during the pregame show. The bird has been at other purely American events: the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, the World Series in 1997 and 1999-2001 and the groundbreaking for the World War II Memorial.

Like old times

For the first time since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, a semblance of normalcy returned to the skies: The Goodyear blimp was allowed to circle Doak Campbell Stadium.

Crowded house

The announced crowd of 82,425 was the fifth largest at Doak Campbell Even in the midst of an uncharacteristically tough season, The Seminoles have had two other crowds in their Top 5 this season, 82,836 (second) against Miami and 82,565 (third) against Maryland.

Quotable

"I told our players to go home and get on those cell phones that they have and tell somebody to put a tape in the VCR and tape what they are going to say about North Carolina State. We are the first ACC team to beat them here and the first ACC team to beat them twice. And you say that for the rest of your life and that will be the greatest trophy you will ever have in your life as long as you live." _ Wolfpack coach Chuck Amato.

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