NC State Bowl Eligible
By Stuart Barefoot
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Logan Winkles and Asa Watson each had TD catches for the Wolfpack (6-4, 3-3 Atlantic Coast Conference).
N.C. State made up for last week by thumping Wake Forest 37-6 on Saturday. With their sixth win on the season, the Wolfpack are now bowl eligible. The Pack are now 6-4 on the year and 3-3 in the conference, while the Demon Deacons fell to 5-5 and 3-5 in the ACC.
Mike Glennon had yet another spectacular game, picking up 258 yards and a pair of touchdowns en route to State’s win. Tanner Price was not as successful for Wake, completing 18 of 33 passes and no touchdowns. In fact, the only passing TD for the Deacs came from WR Michael Campanaro.
N.C State buried Wake early, scoring 17 points in the first quarter. After Brandon Bishop picked off a pass from Price, Glennon connected with Mario Carter for a 30-yard pass to put the ball at the Wake 1. Tony Creecy pushed his way to the end zone to put the Pack up 7-0. State would score a field goal and touchdown on their next two possessions to end the first quarter with a 17-0 lead.
The Deacons scored their only six points on a trick play, wherein WR Campanaro tossed the ball 39 yards to Terrence Davis in the end zone. After the Deacs failed to make the extra point, they trailed 17-6. State missed opportunities of their own. Nick Sade missed a pair of long field goals as State failed to score during the second quarter, but still took a 17-6 lead to the locker room.
The Wolfpack wasted no time scoring in the third quarter. Tobias Palmer returned the kickoff for 100 yards to put State up 24-6. After a three and out by Wake, State countered with a touchdown. Glennon and Asa Watson hooked up for a 26-yarder to put the Pack up 31-6. Sade finally found his footing, so to speak, when he kicked a 49-yard field goal and another 35 yarder in the fourth to go up 37-6.
Wake is in the toughest part of the schedule. They will travel to South Bend to take on Notre Dame, the nation’s fourth-best team, and then host Vanderbilt in an odd but challenging pair of non-conference games to end the season. State will have to go to Death Valley, where it will battle 13th-ranked Clemson.