N.C. State won bowl games in consecutive seasons for only the fourth time in school history and improved to 14-11-1 in the postseason. State has won five of its past six bowl games.
Coach Tom O'Brien, who had a 6-1 record in bowl games at Boston College, is now 8-2 in bowl games in his career.
Junior quarterback Mike Glennon's three touchdown passes in the first half gave him 31 for the season and tied him for second, with Russell Wilson, in the school record book for the single-season mark.
Philip Rivers set the school record in 2003 with for 34. Wilson had 31 in 2009.
The first three quarters were a special teams disaster for the Wolfpack. It botched a punt, which led to a touchdown, got fooled badly on a fake punt by Louisville, which led to a touchdown, and got caught off-guard on an onside kick in the third quarter, which the defense nullified. Louisville also had a 58-yard kickoff return in the second quarter, which the defense also rescued. For teams like State, with limited firepower, it can't be dominated in a third of the game.