Loss vexes Pack QB

Demons still plague State

Staff writerSeptember 11, 2011 

— Philip Rivers lost his last game at Wake Forest and Russell Wilson lost both of his trips with N.C. State to Winston-Salem.

Junior quarterback Mike Glennon lost his first game against the Demon Deacons but only after his first 300-yard game.

Still, the result and losing streak at Wake, which goes to back 2001, vexed Glennon after the game.

"Coming in here, you just wonder why, why is that?" Glennon said. "We had them, we got back into the game and thought we had them, hoping to end that streak, and unfortunately came up short."

Glennon finished with a career-best 315 yards, on 24 of 41 completions, with three touchdowns and an interception. He had all but 52 of those yards in the second half.

His throw to Tobais Palmer, down the right sideline for a 65-yard touchdown, was a showcase of his arm strength. The 63-yard score to T.J. Graham displayed his poise, the face of blitzing Wake defense and a must-have fourth-down play.

"I just kind of played my game and took what the defense gave me," Glennon said.

State coach Tom O'Brien, who encouraged Glennon after a shaky start last week against Liberty, praised Glennon's production.

"We expect that and he's capable of doing those things," O'Brien said. "When we caught the ball, we made some plays."

New Targets for Price: Junior Chris Givens led Wake in receiving last year and was expected to be a big part of the offense. He led the Deacs with 111 yards on Saturday but sophomore quarterback Tanner Price found some options to go with Givens in senior Danny Dembry and sophomore Michael Campanaro.

Campanaro caught a touchdown and threw a touchdown in the first half. He had 93 receiving yards before leaving the game with a hamstring injury, and had seven catches for 79 yards last week vs. Syracuse.

"It's a shame that he got hurt," Wake coach Jim Grobe said. "His first half was fantastic. When he's out there, he's a special player."

Dembry, who caught Campanaro's touchdown pass in the first half, picked up for his receiving slack in the second. The fifth-year senior started the day with 12 career catches and only two last week against Syracuse.

He finished Saturday's win with six catches for 96 yards and a 10-yard rushing touchdown.

Price had 223 yards in the first half, which was more than he had in 11 of 12 full games last season.

Taking the blame: Wolfpack coach Tom O'Brien took the blame for the slow start, the defensive lapses and the seven-point loss.

"We have nobody to blame but ourselves," O'Brien said. "We have to get it straightened out. That's 'we' the coaches first, players, everybody on this football team."

Even a second-half rally, pulling within a score and a chance to win after trailing 34-13, did not encourage O'Brien, who fell to 3-6 against Jim Grobe.

"There's no positive to losing, ever," O'Brien said.

Luke DeCock contributed to this report

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