12:00 PM ET, September 20, 2003
Carter-Finley Stadium, RALEIGH, NC
RALEIGH, North Carolina (Ticker) -- North Carolina State rebounded from a difficult loss, overcoming a record offensive performance to defeat Texas Tech, 49-21.
North Carolina State (2-2) scored in a variety of ways and had little problem recovering from last week's triple-overtime loss to defending national champion Ohio State.
Leading the run-and-shoot offense, B.J. Symons completed 39-of-63 passes for a school-record 586 yards for Texas Tech (2-1), which could not overcome a series of costly mistakes.
The Wolfpack scored on an interception return and blocked punt in the first half. They poured it on over the final two quarters, making sure there would be no Texas Tech comeback this time.
Almost a year ago to the day, the Red Raiders scored four fourth-quarter touchdowns to force overtime against NC State, only to drop a 51-48 decision.
Wolfpack tailback T.A. McLendon opened the scoring with a 29-yard touchdown 4:52 before the second quarter. He carried 10 times for 115 yards, but hurt a hamstring on a 76-yard run in the third quarter.
Just 67 seconds after McLendon's TD, cornerback Greg Golden found the end zone on a 71-yard interception return. He had an interception and caused and recovered a fumble last week.
Wideout Richard Washington fell on a blocked punt in the end zone with 5:23 to play in the first half, making it 21-0.
Texas Tech came alive in the second half, but not before Josh Brown scored the first of his two touchdowns, finding the end zone from a yard out to make it 28-0 just 90 seconds after intermission. McLendon set up the TD with his 67-yard run.
Johnnie Mack had a TD rushing and receiving for the Red Raiders. Replacing Kliff Kingsbury in the run-and-shoot, Symons threw both of his TD passes in the fourth quarter, when the game was well in hand.
Texas Tech amassed 681 yards of offense - the second-best total in school history. Mack had 107 yards receiving, Nehemiah Glover 106, Carlos Francis 95 and Wes Welker 87.
A senior, Welker set the school mark for career punt returns (127) and moved into second in receptions (178) with seven.
North Carolina State has won four of the five all-time matchups with Texas Tech.
The Red Raiders visit Mississippi next week while the Wolfpack battle Atlantic Coast Conference rival North Carolina.
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||5-15||4-9|
|4th Down Conversions||2-7||1-1|
|TD||4:52||T.A. MCLENDON 29 YD RUN (ADAM KIKER KICK)|
Drive info: 8 plays, 55 yards.
|TD||3:45||GREGORY GOLDEN 71 YD INTERCEPTION RETURN (ADAM KIKER KICK)||0||14|
|TD||5:23||RICHARD WASHINGTON 0 YD BLOCKED PUNT RETURN (ADAM KIKER KICK)||0||21|
|TD||13:30||JOSH BROWN 1 YD RUN (ADAM KIKER KICK)|
Drive info: 5 plays, 80 yards.
|TD||11:03||WES WELKER 3 YD RUN (KEITH TOOGOOD KICK)|
Drive info: 8 plays, 80 yards.
|TD||3:13||JOSH BROWN 2 YD RUN (ADAM KIKER KICK)|
Drive info: 14 plays, 94 yards.
|TD||13:36||JOHNNIE MACK 36 YD PASS FROM B.J. SYMONS (KEITH TOOGOOD KICK)|
Drive info: 10 plays, 80 yards.
|TD||6:05||RICHARD WASHINGTON 25 YD PASS FROM PHILIP RIVERS (ADAM KIKER KICK)|
Drive info: 9 plays, 84 yards.
|TD||2:21||COTRA JACKSON 24 YD RUN (JOHN DERANEY KICK)|
Drive info: 2 plays, 45 yards.
|TD||0:24||CODY FULLER 50 YD PASS FROM B.J. SYMONS (KEITH TOOGOOD KICK)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 80 yards.