NCAA Game Summary - Louisville vs. NC State|
(Tuesday, December 27th)
Final Score: NC State 31, Louisville 24
Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) - Mike Glennon threw three touchdown passes and
NC State fended off Louisville, 31-24, to win the 2011 Belk Bowl.
Glennon passed for 264 yards with an interception on 21-of-33 throws for the
Wolfpack (8-5), who won four of their last five to finish the season.
T.J. Graham caught seven passes for 116 yards and two scores for the victors.
Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater threw for 274 yards and two touchdowns, but was
intercepted three times, one of which David Amerson returned for a score.
The Cardinals (7-6), winners in five of their last six regular season games to
earn a share of the Big East title, trailed 31-10 before Bridgewater threw a
two-yard touchdown pass to Nate Nord with two minutes remaining in the third.
The Cardinals recovered a surprise onsides kick, but quickly punted and turned
the ball over on downs the next time they had the ball.
But Bridgewater connected with Josh Bellamy for a two-yard score with 3:55
remaining in regulation, and although the Wolfpack recovered the onsides kick,
they turned the ball over when James Washington was stuffed behind the line of
scrimmage on 4th-and-2 with 1:35 remaining.
Armed with two timeouts, the Cardinals reached the NC State 45-yard line
before sacks on first and third down pushed them back to their own 42.
Bridgewater's heave on fourth down was picked off by Amerson to seal the
Bridgewater threw an interception on the game's first possession, and NC State
countered with a 14-play, 69-yard drive that Graham capped with a six-yard
touchdown grab with 5:39 remaining in the opening quarter.
Chris Philpott missed a 52-yard field goal on the next possession, but a
blocked punt allowed Louisville to tie the game on Bridgewater's eight-yard
run to the right pylon.
Philpott gave the Cardinals their only lead with a 32-yard field goal midway
through the second.
Glennon then covered 80 yards with five straight completions, the last a 35-
yard touchdown pass to Tobias Palmer, who made a nice adjustment on a ball
thrown behind him.
Just before the half, Graham caught a pass over the middle and broke several
tackles en route to a 68-yard score.
Niklas Sade's 34-yard field goal finished off a seven-minute drive to start
the second half, and three plays later, Amerson picked off Bridgewater and
returned the interception 65 yards for another TD.
This bowl game was formerly called Continental Tire Bowl (2002-04) and Meineke
Car Care Bowl (2005-10)...Charlie Strong became the third coach in Louisville
history to take the program to back-to-back bowl games...The Cardinals are
7-8-1 in bowl games all-time...NC State is 14-11-1 all-time in the postseason,
including wins in five of its last six bowl games...Amerson finished the
season with 13 interceptions, setting a new Atlantic Coast Conference record.
12/28 00:26:29 ET