Rivers says he likes watching Brett Favre play, "because he makes some throws that make you think, That's not how they drew it up." Just before halftime against Ohio State, a jarring hit left the righthanded Rivers with a separated left shoulder. He took a painkilling shot and returned for the start of the third quarter. With two minutes left and a crowd of 104,890 imploring the Buckeyes to hang on to a 24-17 lead, N.C. State faced third-and-12 at the Ohio State 42. Rivers dropped back and went through his progression. His primary receiver was covered and so was his second option. With pressure coming from his left, Rivers glanced quickly at his third choice, but that man wasn't open either. Just before the pocket collapsed, he flung a strike to his fourth option, wideout Brian Clark down the left sideline for 23 yards. "Only time this year I threw to the fourth option on that play," says Rivers, who drove his team to a tying touchdown, only to lose in triple overtime 44-38.
"That's why I think I'm so ready for the NFL," Rivers says, a smile on his face "When something goes wrong, what are you going to do? That's how a quarterback has to think. Whichever team I go to will be getting a guy who's passionate; dependable, who hates to lose."
In other words, a guy who's got it.