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Quarterback's career day helps Wolfpack extend hot start

ATLANTA — Russell Wilson passed for a career-high 368 yards and three touchdowns as N.C. State beat Georgia Tech 45-28. At 4-0, the Wolfpack is off to its best start since 9-0 in 2002.

The win left the Wolfpack as the ACC's only unbeaten team and had it thinking of a possible conference title.

"We're going to find ways to win some games this year," coach Tom O'Brien said.

Said Jarvis Williams, who returned a blocked punt for a touchdown: "We've got something going here."

N.C. State held Tech to 247 rushing yards, about 100 below its average, which O'Brien called "a great day."

The Yellow Jackets scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns 50 seconds apart, including a 33-yard interception return by Jerrard Tarrant, to cut N.C. State's lead to 31-28. But Wilson responded by leading two touchdown drives.

The loss ended Georgia Tech's ACC win streak at eight (including last season's title game).

"(Wilson) is a really good player," coach Paul Johnson said. "They made plays, and we didn't. We dug ourselves such a hole that we were always trying to get out."

Va. Tech 19, BC 0: The host Eagles were shut out for the first time in 148 games dating to 17-0 on Oct. 8, 1998 — against the Hokies. Tyrod Taylor was 16-of-21 for 237 yards, and Chris Hazley kicked four field goals for Virginia Tech. The Hokies have won two in a row since opening the season with losses to Boise State and I-AA James Madison. "Obviously, this has to be a confidence boost," defensive coordinator Bud Foster said. "We're making steps. But we've got a long way to go to where you know how they're going to play when you walk on the field."

Maryland 42, FIU 28: Redshirt freshman Danny O'Brien threw for 250 yards and two touchdowns in his first start for the host Terps, whose three wins are one more than all of last season. "I felt pretty confident," O'Brien said. "I don't think there were any nerves." The Golden Panthers cut it to 35-28 with 4:16 left. But Davin Meggett's 76-yard touchdown run on Maryland's next play sealed it.

Army 35, Duke 21: Trent Steelman threw for two touchdowns and ran for one for the visiting Black Knights, who converted four turnovers into touchdowns. Steelman, whose 1-yard run made it 14-0 in the first quarter, attempted only six passes. But two in the third quarter went for touchdowns, including a 31-yarder to Austin Barr that made it 35-7 with 6:31 left in the third. "These kids know we're better than that," Duke coach David Cutcliffe said. "They're looking for answers, and we've got to give them to them."

Virginia 48, VMI 7: Marc Verica threw three first-half touchdowns for the host Cavaliers, who led 31-7 at halftime. VMI had 127 yards of offense in the first quarter, 20 in the second, 20 in the third and 12 in the fourth.

N.C. State 45

Ga. Tech 28

Quarterback's career day helps Wolfpack extend hot start 09/25/10 [Last modified: Saturday, September 25, 2010 8:26pm]
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