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Eyes on Henderson, N.C.: Reminiscing about September 2003 (part 1)

February 17, 2015

By Matthew E. Milliken
MEMwrites.wordpress.com
Feb. 17, 2015

On Sept. 20, 2003, I drove over to the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in Raleigh and bought a ticket at Carter-Finley Stadium. It was a beautiful warm day, and I wanted to watch the N.C. State Wolfpack host the Texas Tech.

The previous year, in a game hosted by the Red Raiders, State had raced to a 38-24 lead after three quarters, only to be outscored, 28-7, in the final period. The Wolfpack was able to win the game in overtime, 51-48, when freshman tailback T.A. McLendon scored his fifth touchdown of the day.

The 2003 rematch proved to be a much more one-sided affair. State took a 28-0 lead and cruised to a 49-21 victory behind four rushing touchdowns from three different players and a solid 18-for-22, 257-yard day from future NFL quarterback Philip Rivers.

But this story really starts after the game. I was ready to drive back north after an extended tour of Florida and other southern venues. First, however, I had to escape the postgame road jam.

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