2:00 PM ET, September 27, 2003
Carter-Finley Stadium, RALEIGH, NC
RALEIGH, North Carolina (Ticker) -- Philip Rivers threw for 423 yards and a touchdown and rushed for a pair of scores as North Carolina State posted a 47-34 Atlantic Coast Conference victory over North Carolina.
The favorite target for Rivers was Jerricho Cotchery, who had nine catches for a career-high 217 yards.
Rivers reached 400 yards for the second time this season and fourth time in 43 career starts. He completed 23-of-30 passes and was within 10 yards of his career-high, established three weeks ago against Wake Forest.
The ACC career leader in passing yards with (10,741), Rivers was 9-for-9 in the first quarter as North Carolina State (3-2, 1-1 ACC) built a 21-3 lead.
After Rivers opened the scoring with a three-yard TD run, linebacker Manny Lawson blocked his fifth career punt and recovered in the end zone to build a 14-3 lead with 5:16 remaining.
Rivers capped the first quarter by leading the Wolfpack on a six-play, 66-yard drive that ended with Josh Brown's two-yard TD run with 1:48 remaining. Filling in for T.A. McClendon, who sat out with a hamstring injury, Brown gained 89 yards on 21 carries and had a pair of short TDs.
North Carolina (0-4, 0-2) trailed just 24-21 at halftime but fell apart in the second half as North Carolina State scored 20 unanswered points.
It took just 13 seconds for the Wolfpack to score as Rivers connected with Cotchery on an 80-yard TD.
The Wolfpack gained 192 yards on the ground as Brown scored from six yards out and Rivers raced in for a 14-yard score, opening a 44-21 advantage.
North Carolina's Darian Durant completed 25-of-42 passes for 323 yards. In the second quarter, he threw a 64-yard TD to tailback Jacque Lewis and a one-yard pass to Derrele Mitchell.
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||9-17||5-10|
|4th Down Conversions||1-1||0-0|
|FG||9:56||DAN ORNER 32 YD FG|
Drive info: 16 plays, 65 yards.
|TD||7:31||PHILIP RIVERS 3 YD RUN (ADAM KIKER KICK)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 80 yards.
|TD||5:16||MANNY LAWSON 0 YD BLOCKED PUNT RETURN (ADAM KIKER KICK)||3||14|
|TD||1:48||JOSH BROWN 2 YD RUN (ADAM KIKER KICK)|
Drive info: 6 plays, 66 yards.
|FG||13:47||DAN ORNER 37 YD FG|
Drive info: 11 plays, 60 yards.
|TD||9:31||JACQUE LEWIS 64 YD PASS FROM DARIAN DURANT (DAN ORNER KICK)|
Drive info: 4 plays, 73 yards.
|FG||2:31||ADAM KIKER 23 YD FG|
Drive info: 15 plays, 75 yards.
|TD||0:07||DERRELE MITCHELL 1 YD PASS FROM DARIAN DURANT (WILLIE PARKER 2PT PASS FROM DARIAN DURANT)|
Drive info: 9 plays, 72 yards.
|TD||14:47||JERRICHO COTCHERY 80 YD PASS FROM PHILIP RIVERS (MISSED KICK)|
Drive info: 1 plays, 80 yards.
|TD||10:08||JOSH BROWN 6 YD RUN (ADAM KIKER KICK)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 78 yards.
|TD||4:52||PHILIP RIVERS 14 YD RUN (ADAM KIKER KICK)|
Drive info: 9 plays, 65 yards.
|TD||12:06||JESSE HOLLEY 24 YD PASS FROM DARIAN DURANT (DAN ORNER KICK)|
Drive info: 8 plays, 84 yards.
|FG||8:18||ADAM KIKER 29 YD FG|
Drive info: 8 plays, 69 yards.
|TD||2:30||ADARIUS BOWMAN 76 YD PASS FROM MATT BAKER (FAILED 2PT PASS)|
Drive info: 3 plays, 72 yards.