12:00 PM ET, October 4, 2003
Bobby Dodd Stadium, ATLANTA, GA
ATLANTA (Ticker) -- Freshman Reggie Ball threw for two touchdowns and ran for another as Georgia Tech denied North Carolina State its 500th win in school history with a 29-21 Atlantic Coast Conference victory.
Ball completed 24-of-37 passes for 283 yards, including TD passes of 42 yards to Jonathan Smith in the first quarter and five yards to Nate Curry in the second that helped the Yellow Jackets build a 22-10 halftime lead.
Ball added a four-yard touchdown run with 12:35 left in the game as the Yellow Jackets (3-3, 1-2) built a 29-13 cushion.
Smith caught nine passes for 155 yards to help Georgia Tech defeat NC State for the eighth time in the last nine meetings.
Georgia Tech also did the job defensively, holding the normally potent North Carolina State offense to its lowest point total of the season.
Philip Rivers of North Carolina State (3-3, 1-2) completed 31-of-46 passes for 344 yards and two touchdowns. One of his TD passes was an 11-yarder to Richard Washington with six seconds left.
Jerricho Cotchery of the Wolfpack was limited to five catches for 71 yards, including a 15-yard TD pass from Rivers in the second quarter.
Tramain Hall had nine catches for 102 yards for the Wolfpack, whose all-time record is 499-483-55.
Dan Burnett of Georgia Tech kicked field goals of 48, 26 and 25 yards.
|3rd Down Conversions||6-15||8-17|
|4th Down Conversions||0-1||0-0|
|FG||7:14||ADAM KIKER 41 YD FG|
Drive info: 6 plays, 9 yards.
|TD||3:56||JONATHAN SMITH 42 YD PASS FROM REGGIE BALL (DAN BURNETT KICK)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 80 yards.
|FG||12:34||DAN BURNETT 48 YD FG|
Drive info: 10 plays, 34 yards.
|FG||9:29||DAN BURNETT 26 YD FG|
Drive info: 8 plays, 24 yards.
|TD||6:52||JERRICHO COTCHERY 15 YD PASS FROM PHILIP RIVERS (ADAM KIKER KICK)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 63 yards.
|FG||4:28||DAN BURNETT 25 YD FG|
Drive info: 4 plays, 3 yards.
|TD||0:15||NATE CURRY 5 YD PASS FROM REGGIE BALL (MISSED KICK)|
Drive info: 9 plays, 55 yards.
|FG||10:33||ADAM KIKER 21 YD FG|
Drive info: 10 plays, 42 yards.
|TD||12:35||REGGIE BALL 4 YD RUN (DAN BURNETT KICK)|
Drive info: 8 plays, 69 yards.
|TD||0:06||RICHARD WASHINGTON 11 YD PASS FROM PHILIP RIVERS (JERRICHO COTCHERY 2PT PASS FROM PHILIP RIVERS)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 66 yards.