Collaros, Cincinnati beat NC State 44-14

By Joe Kay

Associated Press

Published: Thursday, Sept. 22 2011 9:26 p.m. MDT

Cincinnati linebacker J.K. Schaffer, second from right, celebrates after intercepting a pass intended for North Carolina State receiver T.J. Graham (6) in the first half of an NCAA college football game on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011, in Cincinnati. Cincinnati players Monte Taylor (87) and Deven Drane (11) watch along with Wolfpack receiver Jay Smith (86).

Al Behrman, Associated Press

CINCINNATI — Zach Collaros scrambled for two touchdowns and threw for two more, and Cincinnati's turnover-forcing defense got three more of them Thursday night, helping the Bearcats pull away to a 44-14 victory over North Carolina State.

The Bearcats (3-1) put together one of their most complete wins in coach Butch Jones' two seasons, taking full advantage of an injury-depleted defense.

N.C. State (2-2) couldn't keep up with Collaros, who repeatedly scrambled away from pressure and made pinpoint throws on the run. He ran 13 and 10 yards for touchdowns, and hooked up with running back Isaiah Pead on a 25-yard screen pass for another score. Pead ran for 167 yards and scored twice.

The Wolfpack's Mike Glennon threw touchdown passes of 87 and 49 yards to T.J. Graham, but had two interceptions that set up early Cincinnati touchdowns.

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