2011 Belk Bowl Recap
NC State 31, Louisville 24
NC State scored 24 unanswered points in the second and third quarters to overwhelm Louisville and give head coach Tom O'Brien his eighth bowl victory in 10 attempts. The victory was NC State's sixth in its last eight games as the Wolfpack finished the season with an 8-5 record.
Quarterback Mike Glennon, who completed 21 of 33 passes for 264 yards and three touchdowns, spearheaded the Wolfpack surge, dissecting the Cardinals with surgical precision on three first-half Wolfpack scoring drives. On those three touchdown drives, Glennon completed 13 of 14 passes for 194 yards.
On the first, State's first possession of the game, Glennon went 6-for-7 for 46 yards and gave the Pack a 7-0 lead with a six-yard strike to T.J. Graham. The second drive began with 6:01 left in the second quarter and began the Wolfpack's 24-point scoring binge. This time Glennon completed all five pass attempts for 80 yards, capping the drive with a 35-yard strike to Tobais Palmer. State got the ball back a few minutes later and Glennon responded with what was essentially a one-play drive. Following a pass completion for no gain to James Washington, Glennon went deep to Graham, who slipped behind the Louisville defense, for a 68-yard touchdown pass.
The Wolfpack took a 21-10 lead into the locker room at halftime, then drove 60 yards on 14 plays to begin the third quarter with a 34-yard field goal from Niklas Sade. The State scoring onslaught concluded when David Amerson returned an interception 65 yards for a touchdown and a 31-10 lead. The pick was Amerson's 12th of the season, tying the ACC record. He broke the record in the fourth quarter, essentially ending the game with an interception at the Wolfpack 16-yard line with 41 seconds to play. Amerson’s single-season mark tied as the second best in FBS history.
Glennon finished his first season as the Wolfpack's signal caller with 31 touchdown passes, tied for the second-best mark in school history. Russell Wilson had 31 in 2009. Only San Diego Chargers' Pro Bowl quarterback Philip Rivers had more TD passes in a single season for the Wolfpack with 34 in 2003. In terms of yardage, Glennon passed for 3,054 for the season, tied as the fifth-best mark in school history.
Glennon’s three touchdown passes vs. Louisville were the second most by an NC State QB in a bowl game. Rivers threw for five scores when the Wolfpack routed Kansas 56-26 in the 2003 Tangerine Bowl.
NCS - Graham 6-yard pass from Glennon, 5:39 in 1st (Sade kick)