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Wolfpack squeeze Kansas during Tangerine Bowl


Philip Rivers kept throwing and throwing and throwing, leading North Carolina State to another victory.

Rivers threw for Tangerine Bowl records of 475 yards and five touchdowns, and T.A. McLendon scored three touchdowns to help the Wolfpack (8-5) rebound from a two-game losing streak that cost them a trip to a bigger bowl.

The Wolfpack amassed 653 yards, including 30 plays of at least 10 yards.

"You never do know if you're going to blow the doors wide open and just be hitting on everything," Rivers said. "But we felt coming in there were going to be some opportunities for big plays. We felt there were a lot of holes right behind the linebackers. That's where we attacked, and it got us rolling."

North Carolina State marched 64, 68 and 97 yards on its first three possessions to build a 21-7 lead. Rivers led an 88-yard drive in the third quarter, then broke the game open by taking advantage of a blocked punt to put the Wolfpack up 42-17.

Richard Washington scored on receptions of 45 and 14 yards, and Jerricho Cotchery had 13 catches for 171 yards and one TD. McLendon got into the end zone three times, scoring on a 3-yard reception and runs of 1 and 26 yards.

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