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
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.