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
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
Jerricho Cotchery of the Wolfpack was limited to five catches
for 71 yards, including a 15-yard TD pass from Rivers in the
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