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ACC: N.C. State QB surpasses Cavs QB

By Wire services
Published November 2, 2003

RALEIGH, N.C. - North Carolina State's Philip Rivers won the battle of the nation's most accurate quarterbacks, throwing for 410 yards and four touchdowns in a 51-37 victory over Virginia on Saturday.

T.A. McLendon also made a remarkable return from knee surgery last week, rambling 38 yards with 23 seconds left.

McLendon, who ran for 112 yards and caught 11 passes for 104, broke a tackle inside for his key score after Rivers completed three passes to move the Wolfpack into scoring position.

Rivers, who was 29-of-34, became the fifth I-A player to throw for more than 12,000 yards as N.C. State won its fourth straight and improved to 6-0 at home.

Matt Schaub was 41-of-55 for 393 yards and four TDs for the Cavaliers, but his pass was intercepted by Victor Stephens in the waning moments and returned 26 yards for a score.

The matchup of Rivers and Schaub, each with 71 percent completion rates going in, was the highlight of what otherwise has been a boring conference season.

There certainly wasn't much defense played, with both QBs facing little opposition. The score was tied at 30 heading into the fourth quarter with both QBs already over 300 yards.

Each drove his team 80 yards in the fourth quarter to keep the score even with 6:29 left.

Rivers hit seldom-used Chance Moyer with a 3-yard score and Schaub rebounded with his third TD pass to Wali Lundy on fourth and 1 play from the 7.

But Rivers got the ball back last and was able to pull out the win.

Rivers went in with 82 career TD passes but none in three games against the Cavaliers. That slump ended as he threw two scores in the first half.

MARYLAND 59, UNC 21: Scott McBrien threw three touchdowns in a conference-record 39-point second quarter, and the host Terrapins scored on their first nine possessions.

McBrien finished with a career-high four TD passes and ran for two scores nine days after a concussion in a loss to Georgia Tech. He went 15-for-25 for 349 yards, the most yards passing by a Maryland quarterback since Scott Milanovich in 1994.

The Terrapins led 45-21 at halftime, the most points allowed in a half by the Tar Heels.

WAKE FOREST 45, CLEMSON 17: Chris Barclay tied his career high with 163 yards rushing and two touchdowns to lead the host Demon Deacons.

Eric King returned an interception 85 yards for a touchdown and Jyles Tucker returned a fumble 12 yards for a score to help Wake Forest snap its four-game losing streak to the Tigers.

[Last modified November 2, 2003, 07:26:04]

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