Nov. 26, 2011
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RALEIGH, N.C. - Paced by Mike Glennon's school-record tying six touchdowns, NC State stormed back from a 41-14 to deficit to shock Maryland 56-41, completing the largest comeback in school history and claiming bowl eligibility for the third time in the last four years.
The Wolfpack improved on the school-record 24-point comeback set in the 2000 season finale against Minnesota in the Micronpc.com Bowl. The turnaround also marked the second-largest comeback all-time in an ACC game, trailing only Clemson's 28-point comeback victory over Virginia in 1992.
Glennon claimed responsibility for six touchdowns, five through the air, both tying school records. He becomes the sixth Wolfpack quarterback to throw five touchdowns in a game, and equals Philip Rivers's six-touchdown outing against Navy in 2002.
Glennon finished the game with 306 yards on 36-of-55 passing with five touchdowns and one interception. George Bryan came through on senior day, piling up 79 yards and one touchdown on eight catches. Tony Creecy scored two touchdowns through the air and hauled in eight balls, while running for 51 yards on 14 carries. Jay Smith added 63 yards and a touchdown. Tobais Palmer snagged the touchdown that kicked off the Pack's record comeback.
James Washington finished as the leading rusher, toting the ball 20 times for 90 yards and scoring the Wolfpack's go-ahead touchdown.
Terrell Manning forced two fumbles and recovered one. Brandan Bishop recovered the other two fumbles and led the pack with 10 tackles. Earl Wolff and C.J. Wilson each recorded an interception, with Wilson returning his 59 yards for the final score of the game.
NC State fell into a 34-14 deficit during a wild first half that saw a combined six turnovers. Wolfpack fumbles on the first three possessions of the game contributed to the considerable disadvantage, but Glennon's 16-of-25 performance for 123 yards and two touchdowns helped the Pack stay alive over a rocky start.
The second half opened with things turning even bleaker for the Pack, as Davin Meggett scampered 46 yards to put the Terrapins on top 41-14 with 10:50 remaining in the third quarter.
The historic comeback began on Glennon's connection to Palmer from six yards out with 5:57 left in the third. On the first play of the fourth quarter, Glennon found Creecy from 11 yards away to complete a 12-play, 61-yard drive to cut the lead to 41-28.
Maryland's momentum reached critical mass on the first play of the ensuing drive when Manning forced his second fumble of the game to put the Pack in prime position at the Maryland 26. Four plays later, Glennon powered his way into the end zone on a sneak to make it 41-35 with 13:24 to go.
Wolff put a stop to the Terps' next drive by intercepting a C.J. Brown pass and returning it 40 yards to midfield with 10:42 on the clock. Three minutes later, Washington put the finishing touches on a 10-play, 52-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown plunge to grab the Pack's first lead of the game at 42-41.
From there, the Maryland attack wilted, going three and out on its first possession and giving up Wilson's pick-six to ice the game.