Brown, Williams Set Records

NC State freshman Andre Brown and junior Mario Williams established new records in the Wolfpack's 21-17 win over Southern Mississippi.

Andre Brown, a 6-foot, 230-pound freshman from Greenville, North Carolina, didn't get his first carry until the opening possession of the second quarter, but he made the most of it, scampering for a 41-yard gain. He finished the day with 248 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 32 carries.

"When you break a long one you get a little bit of confidence," Brown said. "It ended up happening that way. I had to feel the speed of the game and things worked out."

Brown's 248 yards rushing broke the NC State freshman single-game rushing record of 227 yards, previously set by former Wolfpack great Ted Brown against Clemson in 1975. It was the second-highest rushing total in school history, just three yards shy of tying the record set by Brown in 1977 against Penn State.

"Andre missed the record for most yards rushing, by Ted Brown against Penn State if I'm not mistaken, by three yards," NC State head coach Chuck Amato said. "I was here to see that one. I told him he's got three years to get it. He'll have his opportunities." "It didn't feel like [248 yards rushing]," Brown said afterwards. "I thought I had just barely broke a hundred to be honest with you. "I just went in there and held on to the ball. I got a couple of more carries because I held on to the ball."

Andre Brown

Brown's effort was the first time in 12 games that a Wolfpack running back had topped the century mark. T.A. McLendon had 145 yards on 22 carries last season against the Miami Hurricanes. It was also the first time a Wolfpack runner had topped 200 yards since Ray Robinson had 202 against Virginia in 1998.

The play of Brown caught the attention of a couple of Wolfpack players, and even had his head coach compare him to one of the all-time great running backs.

"He's a good young man, that kid," Amato said. "He's a good young man, that kid. I don't even know how many carries he had. 32? Jimmy Brown... he won't even know who Jimmy Brown is."

"[Andre] ran the ball... phenominal," defensive end Mario Williams said. "I never have seen anything like that in person. Especially here... I think he almost broke the school record."

"I always... the other guys at running back are all talented and make plays, but I always felt he was one of my favorites," tight end T.J. Williams said. "He made a lot of big plays and went off tonight."

Brown, who entered the game as NC State's third-string tailback behind Darrell Blackman and Toney Baker, says he will enter next week's matchup against Florida State with the same mentality he has had all season.

Brown's effort overshadowed the defensive show Mario Williams put on for the Wolfpack. Williams, a 6-foot-7, 290-pound junior from Richlands, North Carolina, registered 11 tackles, six tackles for loss, four sacks and seven quarterback hurries.

Mario Williams

His four sacks broke the school record of 3.5 previously set by Eric Counts against Wake Forest in 1993. He also broke the tackles for loss record (5.5), also set by Counts in the same game.

"It was about this time last year when Mario got cranked up," Amato said. "I have challenged that defensive line like you can't imagine. It started last week in front of the whole time and they have stepped up."

Williams has recorded seven sacks in his last two games and is emerging as the disruptive force most envisioned he would be prior to the season.

"I was challenged," Williams said. "They say I'm not making enough plays or I'm not doing this or that. Coach Amato got on me and just said show them how good you really are... cut it loose.

"I was just going full speed and trying to make as many plays as I can."

Williams now has 32 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, eight sacks, and 12 quarterback hurries on the season. With four games remaining, Williams is three sacks shy of the single-season school mark of 11 set by Tyler Lawrence in 1993.

He is currently leading the ACC in sacks and tackles for loss on the season.


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