RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) _ Philip Rivers threw for 221 yards and a touchdown before injuring a toe, and backup Olin Hannum took North Carolina State on three straight scoring drives as the Wolfpack beat Ohio 27-7 on Saturday.
N.C. State (7-4) struggled early, but finished with 422 total yards in its final regular-season game. With the win, the Wolfpack improved their chances of earning a bid to either the Tangerine Bowl or Peach Bowl, which both had officials at the game.
Ohio (1-10) lost its sixth straight and finished its worst season since going 0-11 in 1994. The Bobcats entered the game with the nation's fifth-ranked rushing offense, but managed just 185 total yards, including 133 rushing.
N.C. State led 14-7 late in the third quarter when Rivers injured his left big toe on a one-yard scramble. He tried to continue, but limped out after four plays.
Rivers' injury was diagnosed as a chipped bone, but he is expected to be healthy for the postseason. He finished 22-for-26 and had a 6-yard touchdown pass to Jerricho Cotchery with 48 seconds left in the first half.
Hannum took the Wolfpack for a pair of field goals, then scored on a 10-yard run that put N.C. State up 20 with 4:16 left. Hannum was the game's leading rusher with 87 yards on 16 carries.
Ohio methodically moved down the field on its first drive of the second half - 60 yards in 12 plays - but came away with no points after Terrence Holt blocked Kevin Kerr's 33-yard field goal attempt.
Holt nearly caught the kick with two hands after jumping almost completely over his defensive lineman. It was his fourth blocked field goal this season and seventh of his career.
Ohio tied it at 7 late in the first quarter on a 27-yard touchdown run by Jamel Patterson, but did little else right in the first half.
The Bobcats had penalties for too many players in the huddle twice on their first two drives and didn't get a first down until Joe Mohler caught a 7-yard pass with 5:32 left in the first. Ohio had just 103 yards in the first half and 72 of that came on its lone scoring drive.
The Wolfpack moved 55 yards in five plays for a 4-yard touchdown run by Ray Robinson midway through the first, and went 84 yards for Cotchery's touchdown reception for a 14-7 halftime lead.
Patterson led the Bobcats with 74 yards on 16 carries.
The game was originally set for Sept. 13, but was rescheduled because of the terrorist attacks.