Belk Bowl breaks several records

Some marks more dubious

jutter@charlotteobserver.comDecember 28, 2011 

Belk Bowl and ACC records were already in danger of being broken or had fallen by the end of the third quarter of Tuesday night's game between N.C. State and Louisville at Bank of America Stadium.

Not all were ones to brag about, however.

After two quarters both teams had two fumbles each, with the four combined fumbles on a dubious track to challenge the record of six set in the 2009 matchup between Pittsburgh (four) and North Carolina (two).

The one fumble lost by N.C. State led directly to a Cardinals' touchdown in the first quarter.

Cornerback David Amerson's interception for a touchdown in the third quarter was the 12th of the season for the Wolfpack sophomore, setting the ACC single-season record. He added a 13th as the game ended.

The 68-yard touchdown pass caught by the Wolfpack's T.J. Graham from Mike Glennon in the second quarter ranks as the second-longest in the 10-year history of the bowl. The play also ties as the third-longest scoring play in bowl history.

Graham's two touchdown receptions by the end of the third quarter already tied for second-most in bowl history.

Glennon's three touchdown passes by the end of the third quarter already tied for the most in bowl history. The current record is shared by Pat White of West Virginia (2008) and Darian Durant of North Carolina (2004).

Notes

Glennon had a stellar first half, except for one big mistake.

By halftime, Glennon had completed 14-of-19 passes for 234 yards and three touchdowns.

His one interception - snagged by Louisville's Calvin Pryor - led to a 32-yard field goal by the Cardinals in the second quarter.

The official attendance of 58,427 ranks this season's Belk Bowl as the highest-attended non-sellout since the bowl's inception.

Observations

The area around of Bank of America was a sea of red in the hours leading up to Tuesday night's game as both teams use predominantly red and white as their school colors.

Unless you took the time to read the words on sweatshirts - it was a little cold for just t-shirts - it was hard to tell which fans were which. It was no better inside the stadium, where the predominantly red-clad crowd looked like a home game for the Arizona Cardinals NFL team.

Credit to the referee standing near Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater as he dived over the goal line for a touchdown in the first quarter. The referee got knocked down in the aftermath, but stood up in time to issue the touchdown signal.

By the numbers

1: Plays by Louisville backup quarterback Will Stein, who stepped in for starter Teddy Bridgewater in the second quarter after an injury timeout.

2: Touchdowns reviewed by replay. Both were upheld.

3: Plays it took Louisville to score after recovering an N.C. State fumble in the first quarter.

3: Centers used by N.C. State through three quarters after starter Camden Wentz was injured in the first quarter.

36: Seconds it took the Wolfpack to score its third touchdown in two plays.

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