N.C. State Football: Literally threw and ran Wake Forest out of Raleigh.
The loss last week to Carolina made N.C. State refocus and in response the Wolfpack bounced back win this week. North Carolina State (6-4, 3-3 ACC) beat Wake Forest (5-5, 3-5 ACC), 37-6, on Saturday to secure their bowl eligibility. In doing so, quarterback Mike Glennon, had a typical 258 yard throwing performance along with 2 touchdowns. Coach O’Brien had Shadrach Thornton involved early to counterbalance the game and the running attack came alive because of it. On 27 carries Thornton rushed for 110 yards.
Bryan Underwood, whose an every week threat in the passing game caught 8 balls from Glennon for only 76 yards, a mediocre day for him. Although Underwood didn’t have a TD catch for the first time in a long time both Logan Winkles and Asa Watson made up for it catching touchdown passes of their own. Defensively,Mike Archer had the Wolfpack disrupt the Tanner Price and Michael Campanaro connection with his defensive coordinating.
The stat sheet doesn’t lie; Price threw for 113 yards on 18-for-33 passing and an interception. The only rebuttal the Demon Deacons could think of was a WR to WR connection as Campanaro threw a touchdown to Terence Davis for 39-yard TD in the 2nd quarter. Tobais Palmer, answered with a 100 yard kickoff return to the start of the second half, which tied for longest in school history, and set the tone for the 17 point quarter they put up. N.C. State kept it rolling for the convincing win offensively, and look to take that into next week challenge.
Next week it’s the high powered offense of the Clemson Tigers the Wolfpack will have to travel to and deal with on Saturday, Nov. 17 at Memorial Stadium 3:30 p.m. on ABC/ESPN2. A challenge N.C State is preparing for and looking forward to rejuvenate themselves beating a Clemson caliber team.