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Mike Maniscalco

Solid defense, slow-starting offense for Pack on senior day

Posted November 24, 2012

— The NC State Wolfpack bid farewell to 16 seniors, including quarterback Mike Glennon, as the team notched its seventh win of the season.

Senior day for the Wolfpack wasn’t filled with a lot of offensive fireworks in the first half. The Pack only out-gained Boston College by two yards at the break, 178-176, but the NC State defense made up for it.

It was the Wolfpack defense that came up big, first holding the Eagles to a field goal after they were situated with a goal-to-go inside the five. The in the second quarter, Brandon Bishop intercepted a Chase Rettig pass that set up a Glennon 4-yard touchdown pass to Quintin Payton and David Amerson took a deflected pass 55 yards the other way to put the Pack up 14-3 at half.

The second half was filled with chances for the Pack to put away BC, but not before the Eagles made it interesting.

A 7-play drive capped off by a Rolandan Finch 4-yard TD run made it 14-10 in the third. But the Pack answered back as Glennon threw a 4-yard strike to Tobias Palmer and the Pack went up 20-10.

The State defense then added to their strong day and Juston Burris intercepted Rettig for a third time to set up the back-breaking score. Two plays after the Burris pick, Glennon hit Palmer for a 25-yard touchdown and a 27-10 Pack lead.

Glennon’s third touchdown of the game ensured 30 scoring passes in each of his two seasons as the NC State starter.

The good
A win on senior day for the Wolfpack, guaranteeing a winning record. This group has 24 wins in the last three seasons. N.C. State Logo More NCSU Stories

It’s really good for NC State when David Amerson comes up with an interception; Amerson finished the regular season with five interceptions and 18 in his career. NC State is 12-2 in games in which he has a pick.

Glennon throws for 30 touchdown passes in a season again. He threw 31 a season ago, and with the bowl game remaining, Glennon should be a lock to at least tie that mark. He becomes the first quarterback in NC State history to accomplish that.

The Bad
The first half offense of both teams.

The Ugly
State’s kicker Niklas Sade will want to forget this one. Sade was 0-for-2 on field goals with one blocked and also had an extra point blocked.

So ends a regular season for NC State that had a lot of expectations, a few bright notes and a few moments that leave Pack fans wondering ‘what if?’ The highlight for this year’s squad was the win over undefeated and then No. 3 Florida State, with the great second half comeback at Carter-Finley. The lowlight of the season came in back-to-back weeks that saw a gut-wrenching loss to UNC, followed by a dismal home performance against Virginia. The Wolfpack finish the regular season at 7-5 and now wait for which bowl game tabs the team to play in.

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  • GunnyGoesArrrgh Nov 25, 2:42 p.m.

    WOA! Just saw the headline that TOB is gone. Strange time with the bowl coming up, but wow. ... View More

    — Posted by GunnyGoesArrrgh

    I guess that answers my question.

    — Posted by Ken D.

    Yes, I was stunned to get the email from WRAL about TOB's firing after I had my first post about the Pack. I didn't think Yow would make a move now, and the fact that she did tells me she has someone in mind. It was a short video clipm but I thought the "hug" TOB gave Glennon was abbreviated and cool, not the kind of hug you give to your star player who did a stellar job following Russell Wilson at the QB position. I feel bad for the State players - here they are about to play in a bowl and their coach is fired. Even if TOB is allowed to coach for the bowl, it's an awkward position to be in for the coach and the team.

  • Ken D. Nov 25, 1:42 p.m.

    WOA! Just saw the headline that TOB is gone. Strange time with the bowl coming up, but wow. ... View More

    — Posted by GunnyGoesArrrgh

    I guess that answers my question.

  • shakennotstirred Nov 25, 1:42 p.m.

    TOB is out. Thought he would survive through the bowl game, but Debbie must have a shoe-in to take him out now. Mixed emotions...

  • Ken D. Nov 25, 1:39 p.m.

    So!! Toilet bowl here we come. AGAIN, and AGAIN,and AGAIN!!

    — Posted by Toddler10-21

    So, why wouldn't State, with a winning record, be ahead of three 6-6 teams in the bowl pecking order?

  • GunnyGoesArrrgh Nov 25, 1:21 p.m.

    WOA! Just saw the headline that TOB is gone. Strange time with the bowl coming up, but wow. Yow has to have someone in mind for the job to fire TOB now. Man.

  • GunnyGoesArrrgh Nov 25, 9:07 a.m.

    I don't envy Debbie Yow. State once again had a respectable season that will end in a bowl, yet there's been a lot of grumbling from Wolfpack faithful to give TOB the boot. When a coach has had more success than failure, it can be tough to fire him. No matter what Yow does, there will be howls from Pack nation. Guess that's why Debbie is paid the big bucks.

    As a Heels fan, I won't miss seeing Glennon under center, but he's a fine young man and he'll be playing on Sundays next year. Glennon is one of the best QB's in the ACC. Good luck to Glennon and the other seniors - hope they all have successful careers in the NFL.

  • WolfPackInTheHizzouse Nov 25, 8:58 a.m.

    ^^^100% buy-in is NEVER required.

    enjoy your misery.

  • Toddler10-21 Nov 25, 4:07 a.m.

    So!! Toilet bowl here we come. AGAIN, and AGAIN,and AGAIN!!

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