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ACC: Unfocused Wolfpack defeats I-AA UMass

©Associated Press
September 29, 2002

RALEIGH, N.C. -- North Carolina State's Chuck Amato hardly sounded like a coach whose team had improved to 6-0.

"Intensity is so important. We've got to do a better job in coaching that," he said after a 56-24 win over Massachusetts on Saturday. "We've got to do a better job in getting these young men prepared."

T.A. McLendon rushed for 117 yards and two touchdowns for the Wolfpack, who have their best start since 1991. N.C. State also got two touchdowns on special teams from Lamont Reid.

Overall, N.C. State was inconsistent, despite scoring on its first four possessions and taking a 28-0 second-quarter lead against the Division I-AA Minutemen.

N.C. State moved the ball with ease for much of the game behind McLendon and Philip Rivers, who threw for 227 yards and four touchdowns. But Rivers had two interceptions in the third, one on a screen pass deep in his territory.

GA. TECH 21, NORTH CAROLINA 13: The visiting Yellow Jackets did not miss a beat without tailback Tony Hollings. Backup Ajenavi Eziemefe rushed for 136 yards and one touchdown as Georgia Tech won a fifth straight over the Tar Heels.

Hollings, the nation's leading rusher who scored 11 of Tech's first 17 TDs, is out for the season after tearing a knee ligament.

The Tar Heels drove to the Georgia Tech 18 with less than five minutes left and trailing by eight, but Darian Durant was dropped for a 3-yard loss, then sacked by Recardo Wimbush on fourth down.

MARYLAND 37, WOFFORD 8: Chris Downs ran for 147 yards and a touchdown for the host Terrapins. Josh Allen added two rushing touchdowns, and Nick Novak kicked three field goals.

The Terriers, ranked 19th in Division I-AA, have lost six of seven against I-A opponents since 1982. Scott McBrien completed 11-of-19 for 128 yards and a touchdown for the Terps.

VIRGINIA 38, WAKE FOREST 34: Matt Schaub threw for 312 yards and three touchdowns for the visiting Cavaliers. Heath Miller and Ryan Sawyer each caught two touchdowns for Virginia.

Chris Barclay, Ovie Mughelli and Cornelius Birgs scored first-half touchdowns for Wake Forest, which dominated the first half and led 27-10. Virginia cut it to 34-31 in the fourth, then took the lead for good on Marques Hagans' 13-yard touchdown run with 6:13 left.

DUKE 43, NAVY 17: Alex Wade ran for 123 yards and two TDs, and wide receiver Senterrio Landrum scored on a 69-yard run for the Blue Devils as Navy lost its 12th straight at home. Duke, which started with a 23-game losing streak, has its best start since 1998.

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