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    QB Mike Glennon will be one of 16 seniors to be honored on Saturday.
    QB Mike Glennon will be one of 16 seniors to be honored on Saturday.
     

    Game 12: NC State Wolfpack (6-5, 3-4) vs. Boston College Eagles (2-9, 1-6)
    November 24, 2012 • 3:00 p.m. • ESPN3
    Raleigh, N.C. • Carter-Finley Stadium (57,583)

    TV: ESPN3 | Radio: Wolfpack Sports Network | Gametracker
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    Sixteen NC State seniors will likely reflect on a lot of good times, big wins and
    memorable moments when they suit for a game at Carter-Finley Stadium for the
    final time on Saturday afternoon.

    The opponent is Boston College (2-9, 1-6) and the kickoff time is set for 3 p.m.

    Some 20 minutes before the game begins, many of the same parents and
    grandparents who sent their sons and grandsons off to college to play football
    at NC State four, or in some cases five years ago, will receive those same sons on
    the playing field in a senior day ceremony that always produces a combination of
    smiles and tears.

    “As it gets closer, it’s becoming more and more real that this is the last time I’ll
    play in that stadium,” said center Cam Wentz. “I’m sure it will become a little
    more emotional when it’s finally over, said and done.”

    All 16 seniors that will be honored on Saturday are expected to have their degrees
    by the end of the school year. On the field, this group has knocked off Florida
    State twice, posted three victories over rival North Carolina and pulled off two
    wins over teams ranked in the top 10 (Clemson and Florida State) in back-to-back
    seasons.


     

     

    “These kids came here to help us build a program,” said State head coach Tom
    O’Brien. “There are 16 of them, four have already graduated, 10 will graduate
    in December and two more will graduate within the year. They’re all going to
    graduate, and they have a chance to win their 24th game on Saturday in the last
    three years. To put that in perspective, the record here over three years is 26,
    which has been done twice: 1970 and when Philip Rivers was finished. They
    can be two wins off the best three years in State football history and maybe get
    another one in a bowl game. They’re going to graduate and they’ve won a lot of
    football games.”

    And most have made friendships that will last a lifetime. Five years ago, offensive
    lineman R.J. Mattes and quarterback Mike Glennon were a pair of highly recruited

    prospects who chose NC State over a lot of name brand football schools.
    Roommates in three of their five years in Raleigh, Mattes and Glennon are two of
    the seniors who’ll likely be given the chance to go on and play football at the next
    level.

    “I want to end on a high note,” Mattes said. “We have a close bond and the time
    has come where we’re almost done. It’s crazy how time flies. Mike and I want to
    end on a good note. We came here always wanting to win championships and
    while we don’t have a shot at that now, we want to go further and get to a good
    bowl game.”

    If Glennon’s senior season has been an audition for NFL scouts and general
    managers, then he’s been doing a good job of raising some eyebrows. In less than
    two full seasons as a starting quarterback, he’s already ranked third in school
    history in touchdown passes (59) and 300-yard passing games (7). He also ranks
    fourth in passing yards (6,783), completions (584), completion percentage (.599)
    and total offense (6,507).

    In last week’s 62-48 loss to Clemson, Glennon passed for 493 yards and five
    touchdowns, the second most productive passing game in school history. Only
    Shane Montgomery threw for more yards in a game when he passed for 535
    yards on 73 attempts at Duke in 1989.

    There’s talk that Glennon has a chance to be the first quarterback taken in the
    2013 NFL Draft.

    “In my opinion, Mike is the best quarterback in the country,” said Wentz. “I’m
    slightly biased, and I don’t know what scouts look for in quarterbacks. He has
    everything I would want in a quarterback. I would agree with the statement that
    he has a chance to be the first guy.”

    Glennon will be firing passes Saturday against a Boston College defense that
    has only sacked opposing quarterbacks six times in 11 games. Although Eagles
    middle linebacker Nick Clancy leads the ACC in tackles and piled up a total of 20
    takedowns in last week’s overtime loss to Virginia Tech, B.C. is giving up 30 points

    per game to rank 10th in the ACC in scoring defense. Boston College is also 11th in
    total defense and 10th in scoring offense.

    When the two teams met last year in Chestnut Hill, NC State came out flat one
    week removed from a win over North Carolina and lost to the Eagles, 14-13.

    “We went up there and thought we could just show up and play, and Boston
    College showed up and just beat us up,” said O’Brien, who served as Boston
    College’s head coach between 1997-2006. “In the five years we’ve played Boston
    College, they’ve been tougher mentally and they’ve been tougher physically than
    we have. That’s why they’ve beaten us.”

    As the head coach at NC State, O’Brien has gone 1-4 against his old team with the
    only win coming at Carter-Finley Stadium in 2010.

    “Winning a game up there in their stadium has been tough,” Wentz said. “Last
    year we came in a little drained from the Carolina game the week before. I think
    it’s different when we play down here at our place. Us as a group we want to get
    back in the win column and give our fans one more win here at home to finish the
    season.”

    Currently 6-5 overall and 3-4 in the ACC, State may very well end up with an
    attractive bowl invitation should it close out the regular season with a win on
    Saturday. With North Carolina on NCAA probation and unable to participate in a
    bowl this year and Miami making the decision to decline a bowl appearance due
    to an ongoing NCAA probation on its campus, there are more bowl tie-ins than
    bowl eligible teams in the ACC. Plus, a Clemson victory over South Carolina on
    Saturday could send the Tigers to a BCS bowl game, leaving open yet another spot
    on the rung of bowl games affiliated with the ACC.

    But first things first. Although Boston College is in the midst of a miserable season
    and has dropped three games in a row, it’s clear the Eagles haven’t quit. Just two
    weeks ago, they were very competitive against an unbeaten Notre Dame team
    that’s now ranked No. 1, and last week, B.C. had a great chance to sting Virginia
    Tech before losing in overtime.

    Strong-armed quarterback Chase Rettig is projected as a future pro while junior
    receiver Alex Amidon is first in the ACC with an average of 106.8 receiving yards
    per game.

    “They’ve played really well the last two weeks,” O’Brien said. “It’s a different
    team on tape than what they were a month ago. It’s senior day so we should
    come out and play with great passion and emotion. The thing about senior day is
    you’ve got to make the younger kids understand how important it is to the older
    kids. For them, it’s there last go round.”

    Wolfpack Sports Network coverage of the NC State – Boston College game begins
    Saturday at 1 p.m. with the Mathews Motors Countdown to Kickoff show, which
    originates from the Fan Zone in front of PNC Arena. Before, during and after
    the game, our network broadcast crew will field questions from fans via Twitter
    @packradio. In hour two of the pregame, color analyst and former Wolfpack All-
    American Johnny Evans will also take questions that can be emailed here.

    The broadcast day begins with the ‘Inside Wolfpack Sports TV Show,’ which airs at
    8:30 a.m. on MASN and Fox Sports South.

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