Glennon, N.C. State roll past Wake

RALEIGH, N.C. — Mike Glennon threw two

touchdown passes while Tobais Palmer returned a kickoff 100 yards for a

score to help North Carolina State beat Wake Forest 37-6 on Saturday

and secure bowl eligibility.

Logan Winkles and Asa Watson each had TD

catches for the Wolfpack (6-4, 3-3 Atlantic Coast Conference). Tony

Creecy also ran for a 1-yard touchdown for the game’s first score as

N.C. State jumped out to a 17-0 lead in the opening quarter.

Palmer then opened the second half with

his end-zone-to-end-zone return, tied for longest in school history, to

blow the game open and ensure the Wolfpack would remain in firm control.

Michael Campanaro threw a touchdown pass

on a miserable afternoon for the Demon Deacons (5-5, 3-5), who also

needed a win to become bowl eligible. But the Wolfpack dominated up

front, sacking Tanner Price five times and holding the Demon Deacons to

185 total yards.

That included allowing just 16 yards rushing on 23 attempts.

While both teams were chasing that sixth win, this was about more than just a bowl trip for the Wolfpack.

After an upset of then-No. 3 Florida

State and a win at Maryland, N.C. State controlled its own destiny in

the Atlantic Division race to earn a spot in the league championship

game in Charlotte. But rival North Carolina snapped a five-year losing

streak to the Wolfpack with a final-seconds punt return for a touchdown,

then N.C. State returned home with a lifeless performance in a 33-6

loss to Virginia last weekend.

Coach Tom O’Brien said the team had to relocate its pre-UNC form. The Wolfpack responded.

Glennon threw for 258 yards on

25-for-41 passing, while Shadrach Thornton ran for 110 yards on 27

carries in only the third 100-yard rushing game for N.C. State all

season.

Wake Forest was coming off a 28-14 win

against Boston College in which Campanaro tied the ACC single-game

record with 16 receptions. He didn’t get open often Saturday, with his

only highlight coming when he took a quick lateral from Price, then

found Terence Davis alone downfield for an easy 39-yard touchdown early

in the second quarter.

But the Demon Deacons didn’t score

again, while Campanaro finished with five catches for just 14 yards.

Price threw for 113 yards on 18-for-33 passing with an interception.

This game might’ve been the best chance

for the Demon Deacons to reach bowl eligibility. Next week, they travel

to No. 4 Notre Dame, then return home for Thanksgiving weekend to face

Vanderbilt, which won last year’s meeting 41-7 in Winston-Salem.