N.C. State 38, Arkansas St. 31 2 OT
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) _ Ray Robinson rushed for 139 yards and scored in the second overtime to lift North Carolina State to a 38-31 victory over Arkansas State on Saturday night.
Chuck Amato, who took over the Wolfpack program after spending 18 years as an assistant coach at Florida State, won his first game as a head coach.
N.C. State sealed the win when Wolfpack linebacker Edrick Smith recovered a fumble by running back Jacquis Walker on third down in the second OT.
The game also marked a prolific start to the career of N.C. State quarterback Philip Rivers. The 6-foot-5 freshman completed 29 of 57 passes for 397 yards and three touchdowns and set three single-game school records: most completions, attempts and yards by a first-year player.
Rivers’ two main targets were Koren Robinson and Eric Leak, who combined for 16 catches.
N.C. State’s Kent Passingham kicked a 33-yard field goal with one second remaining in regulation to send the game into overtime tied at 24. Arkansas State opened the overtime with a 6-yard scoring pass from Cleo Lemon to reserve tight end Anwar Cooper.
Robinson answered, running three times for 25 yards and scoring from 5 yards out to tie it at 31. He then scored from 1-yard out in the second overtime.
Arkansas State, which led 17-7 in the third quarter, got 137 yards and one touchdown from running back Jonathan Adams.
N.C. State won its fourth consecutive season opener and improved to 3-1 in overtime games. The Indians lost their fifth straight opener.