Clipboard: N.C. State Wolfpack

J.P. GiglioSeptember 19, 2011 

BEAT SOUTH ALABAMA 35-13

What worked

Mike Glennon and the passing game. In his third start, Glennon found a groove, completing 17 of 20 passes for 274 yards with four touchdowns. T.J. Graham (five catches, 128 yards) became the first N.C. State receiver since Jerricho Cotchery in 2003 to post back-to-back 100-yard games.

What needs work

The defense tightened up against the pass (182 yards allowed) but let South Alabama back Kendall Houston run for 117 yards on just 18 carries (6.5 yards per pop). The loss of linebacker Terrell Manning to a knee injury late in the first quarter didn't help the Pack's front seven, which already was missing two starters.

What's next

The Wolfpack (2-1, 0-1 ACC) has a short turnaround for Thursday's trip to Cincinnati for the weekly ESPN showcase game at 7:30 p.m. The Bearcats (2-1) have put up big numbers in wins against Austin Peay (72-10) and Akron (59-14) but got roughed up at Tennessee (45-23). State beat Cincinnati 30-19 in Raleigh last year.

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