RALEIGH, North Carolina (Ticker) -- Jay Davis threw for a pair
of first-half touchdowns in his first game as Phillip Rivers'
replacement as North Carolina State rolled to a 42-0 victory
over Division I-AA Richmond in the season opener for both teams.
Davis did not miss a beat in taking over for the second-leading
passer in NCAA history, completing 16-of-22 passes for 168
yards. He hit wide receiver Tramain Hall with a 17-yard scoring
strike late in the first quarter to give North Carolina State a
Davis, a junior who beat out Marcus Davis for the job, capped a
21-point second quarter with his second touchdown pass, an
eight-yard connection with Brian Clark just before the first
Playing without starting tailback T.A. McLendon, who scored 11
touchdowns in 2003, the Wolfpack got a big boost from their
defense, which twice intercepted Richmond's Stacy Tutt.
Marcus Hudson returned a blocked punt for a score in the second
period for North Carolina State, which allowed Richmond past
midfield just three times.
Tutt was 10-of-26 for just 63 yards for Richmond, which was