Mike Glennon’s career-high four touchdowns on 17-of-20 passing torched the South Alabama secondary and lifted NC State to a 35-13 win Saturday night at Carter-Finley Stadium. Glennon’s .860 completion percentage represents the highest single game total since Philip Rivers notched a .866 against Western Carolina in 2003.
Taylor Gentry and T.J. Graham were the twin beneficiaries of Glennon’s big night. Gentry claimed the first multi-touchdown game of his career on two receptions, while Graham became the first receiver since Jerrico Cotchery in 2003 to post back-to-back 100-yard receiving games.
“I think we did a good job in the passing game,” said NC State head coach Tom O’Brien. “Mike [Glennon] did a great job finding T.J [Graham] and Taylor [Gentry] in some important spots, but we have to do a better job in the protection aspect.”
Sophomore cornerback David Amerson picked off his third pass in as many games in the second quarter tonight. Amerson leads the ACC in interceptions so far this season. Junior safety Brandan Bishop had another pickoff in the third quarter, giving the team seven for the season. NC State was tied for second nationally in interceptions with five heading into tonight’s game.
Glennon was 17 of 20 for 274 yards with scoring passes of 1 and 5 yards to Taylor Gentry, 18 yards to Curtis Underwood and 67 yards to T.J. Graham. They helped the Wolfpack (2-1) bounce back from their first loss and hand the Jaguars (2-1) the first defeat in program history.
James Washington added a 1-yard touchdown run for N.C. State, which faces a short turnaround with a trip to Cincinnati on Thursday night.
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The Jaguars, 19-0 since they started the program in 2009, made the Wolfpack earn the win on wet, misty night in Raleigh.
“Some teams aren’t pretty and we’re certainly not a pretty team but we found a way to get it done,” O’Brien said.
N.C. State linebacker Terrell Manning tweaked a knee at 2:22 in the first quarter and did not return. Manning did run off the field. Manning is one of the impact players on defense and the Wolfpack would be better off with him for Thursday’s trip to Cincinnati. The Wolfpack is already down three starters on defense from the preseason depth chart.
Next: State (2-1) will look for its first FBS victory at Cincinnati (2-1) Thursday night; the Bearcats are averaging 51 points per game this season.