Virginia 37

(5-4, 3-3 ACC)

NC State 51

(7-3, 4-2 ACC)

Coverage: ABC Regional coverage

3:30 PM ET, November 1, 2003

Carter-Finley Stadium, Raleigh, NC

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UVA 14 10 6 737
NCST 14 9 7 2151


RALEIGH, North Carolina (Ticker) -- Philip Rivers had another fantastic game, but T.A. McLendon came up biggest when North Carolina State needed it most.

McLendon, who had 18 carries for 112 yards and set career highs with 11 receptions for 104 yards, scored a go-ahead touchdown with 23 seconds left as the Wolfpack outlasted Virginia, 51-37, in an Atlantic Coast Conference contest.

The game was tied, 37-37, before McLendon scored on a 38-yard run to cap a six-play, 67-yard drive that took just 84 seconds. After the ensuing kickoff, cornerback Victor Stephens intercepted Matt Schuab and ran 26 yards for a touchdown to ice the game.

In a contest that saw the teams combine for 996 yards of total offense, Rivers narrowly outdueled Schaub. Rivers completed 29-of-34 passes - including a personal-best 17 in a row at one point - for 410 yards and four touchdowns without an interception. Schaub completed 41-of-55 passes for 393 yards, four TDs and one pick.

Rivers, the ACC's all-time leader in nearly every passing category, increased his season passing total to 3,318 yards. He is the first quarterback in ACC history to have thrown for at least 3,000 yards in three different seasons.

Jerricho Cotchery had seven catches for 111 yards and a score for the Wolfpack (7-3, 4-2), who improved to 6-0 at home this seaon - their best home start since opening the 1986 campagin at 6-0-1.

Virginia trailed, 37-30, before Schaub tied the score with a seven-yard pass to Wali Lundy with 6:29 left that capped an 11-play, 80-yard drive.

The Cavaliers (5-4, 3-3), who lost for the third time in four games, were limited to just 50 rushing yards.