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ACC: Injured tailback keeps N.C. State unbeaten

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© St. Petersburg Times, published October 13, 2002


CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Arm tackles have not stopped freshman running back T.A. McLendon this season. Neither did a broken right wrist Saturday.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Arm tackles have not stopped freshman running back T.A. McLendon this season. Neither did a broken right wrist Saturday.

McLendon, playing with a cast to help protect his injury, rushed for a season-high 164 yards and two touchdowns as North Carolina State remained unbeaten with a 34-17 win over North Carolina.

He has 12 rushing touchdowns this season, matching the N.C. State freshman record set in 1975 by Ted Brown.

"This kid is really, really good," coach Chuck Amato said. "He rushed for 160 yards with one hand. What's he going to be like when he's 100 percent?"

The win gave N.C. State (7-0, 2-0 ACC) its second-best start in 111 years. The Wolfpack began 8-0 in 1967, when Amato was a senior linebacker under Lou Holtz.

Josh Brown added 88 yards rushing and a TD as the Wolfpack scored 27 in a row in the second half to seal it with a season-high 258 yards rushing.

Philip Rivers, the nation's top-rated passer, threw a TD and had a 1-yard sneak for another, but he was held to 170 yards passing.

"It was a beauty to see," Amato said of the running attack. "We have a Heisman Trophy candidate and he's handing the ball off."

McLendon, usually a calm guy, said he got sick early in the second half when he got too excited.

"Once I relaxed I let the game come to me; we all did that," said McLendon, who carried 22 times.

VIRGINIA 22, CLEMSON 17: Billy McMullen rushed for the go-ahead touchdown and Matt Schaub threw for another as the host Cavaliers won their fifth straight, outscoring the Tigers 16-7 in the second half. The Cavaliers have outscored opponents 140-70 after halftime.

The Tigers, who started with a 19-play, 93-yard drive that ended with a field goal, had two late turnovers. A 92-yard drive, capped by Charlie Whitehurt's 10-yard TD pass to J.J. McKelvey, gave Clemson hope with 1:31 left. But Virginia recovered the onside kick and ran out the clock.

WAKE FOREST 36, DUKE 10: The Demon Deacons scored three touchdowns off Duke mistakes, giving coach Jim Grobe his first home ACC win. Chris Barclay and Nick Burney each had 54 yards rushing and a touchdown for Wake Forest. Duke lost its 20th straight ACC game. Alex Wade rushed for 165 yards on 23 carries for the Blue Devils.

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