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Brissett, Thornton, defense help Wolfpack roll past rival Tar Heels 35-7

  • North Carolina quarterback Marquise Williams (12) looks to pass as North Carolina State's Mike Rose rushes during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

    North Carolina quarterback Marquise Williams (12) looks to pass as North Carolina State's Mike Rose rushes during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)  (The Associated Press)

  • North Carolina State's Juston Burris (11) and North Carolina's Mack Hollins reach for a pass intended for Hollins during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014. The pass fell incomplete. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

    North Carolina State's Juston Burris (11) and North Carolina's Mack Hollins reach for a pass intended for Hollins during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014. The pass fell incomplete. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)  (The Associated Press)

  • North Carolina State quarterback Jacoby Brissett (12) runs for a touchdown as North Carolina's Brian Walker misses the tackle during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

    North Carolina State quarterback Jacoby Brissett (12) runs for a touchdown as North Carolina's Brian Walker misses the tackle during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)  (The Associated Press)

Jacoby Brissett and Shadrach Thornton each ran for touchdowns in huge rushing performances while North Carolina State's defense overwhelmed rival North Carolina in a 35-7 win Saturday.

Brissett ran for a career-best 167 yards while Thornton ran for 161 more for the Wolfpack (7-5, 3-5 Atlantic Coast Conference), part of a 388-yard ground game that set a physical tone from the outset.

Brissett threw just 11 passes, through three went for short touchdowns.

Meanwhile, the Wolfpack's defensive front mauled the Tar Heels (6-6, 4-4) in a surprisingly one-sided performance against an offense that had been rolling coming into the game.

UNC finished with 207 total yards, 30 on the ground, and didn't score until getting a meaningless touchdown with 1:48 left.

And quarterback Marquise Williams found himself under constant pressure before the Wolfpack ultimately knocked him from the game with an apparent right-leg injury early in the second half.