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
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
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.