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

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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.