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
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
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.