Wolfpack Football by the Numbers
Sept. 3, 2002
Although the football season is still in it infancy, some interesting facts and figures have already emerged from NC State's one-sided wins over New Mexico and East Tennessee State. Below is a sampling of the numbers.
*Quarterback Philip Rivers has completed 69 percent of his passes for 421 yards and three touchdowns. The junior is now 17th on the ACC's all-time passing list with 6,061 yards and is No. 2 on NC State's career passing list. He now trails Jamie Barnette by 3,400 yards.
*Rivers leads the Wolfpack in rushing touchdowns with three.
*True freshman T.A. McLendon is NC State's leading rusher with 124 yards on 29 carries (4.3 yards per carry), but sophomore Greg Golden's average of 4.8 yards per attempt tops all Pack tailbacks. "T.A. has run real well, but our starting tailback has probably run a little bit better," said NC State head coach Chuck Amato. "I don't care about the number of yards; Greg Golden has added something to our offense. There's no question that T.A. McLendon has some great, great years ahead of him here at NC State."
*The 14 points allowed by the Wolfpack through the first two games are the fewest points yielded through the first two games since NC State posted back-to-back shutouts of Virginia Tech and Kent State to open the 1991 campaign.
*NC State has returned kickoffs for touchdowns in two of its last three games. Along with Lamont Reid's return on the opening kickoff against East Tennessee State on Saturday night, Golden had a 90-yard return in last December's Tangerine Bowl against Pittsburgh.
*Before Reid pulled the trick on Saturday, it had been 31 years since a Wolfpack player had taken the opening kickoff all the way back for a score. It last happened in 1961 when Mike Clark rumbled 83 yards to open a game against North Carolina.
*Middle linebacker Dantonio Burnette is just 25 tackles away from moving into the top five of NC State's all-time list.
*A total of 62 players saw action against East Tennessee State, up from 58 the week before. Twenty-seven players got into the game on defense versus the Buccaneers.
*The NC State offensive line has recorded 69 knockdown blocks on 132 plays. Last years unit tallied 32 knockdowns through two games.
*The Wolfpack defense held its first two opponents to 2.6 yards per play.