Defense, Glennon lead N.C. State to 27-10 win over Boston College

jgiglio@newsobserver.comNovember 25, 2012 

— Quarterback Mike Glennon passed for three touchdowns, two to fellow senior Tobais Palmer, to lead N.C. State to a 27-10 win over Boston College on Saturday to close the regular season with a 7-5 record.

The Wolfpack will play in a bowl game for the third straight season, and fourth time in five years, with Saturday's win. State's season could end where it began — in Atlanta.

N.C. State would likely play in the Chick-fil-A Bowl on New Year's Eve, if the ACC sends two teams to the BCS. If Clemson, or Florida State, falls back to the Chick-fil-A, the Wolfpack would likely play in the Russell Athletic Bowl on Dec. 28 in Orlando, Fla.

N.C. State opened the season with a 35-21 loss to Tennessee on Aug. 31 in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff in Atlanta.

The Wolfpack's defense led the way Saturday in coach Tom O'Brien's second win in six years against his former school. Cornerback David Amerson returned an interception 55 yards for a touchdown and N.C. State's defense held Boston College in check in the first quarrier. Both stats have been a bellwether for the Wolfpack this season.

In an up-and-down season for N.C. State, the constant has been what happens when it allows a touchdown or less in the first quarter. The Pack improved to 7-0 in that scenario and 0-5 when it gives up more.

State's also 5-0 when Amerson gets an interception this season and 12-2 going back to last season.

Glennon capped off the final home game of his career with 245 yards and three touchdowns. Glennon has 3,648 yards on the season, with the bowl game left, which ranks second in school history to Philip Rivers (4,491 in 2003).

Glennon also hit 30-touchdown mark for the second straight season.

BC took a 3-0 lead on a 19-yard field goal by Nate Freese at 2:09 in the first quarter for its only lead of the game. The Wolfpack responded with its only scoring drive of the first half.

Glennon found Quintin Payton for a 4-yard touchdown pass at 9:05 in the second quarter. Amerson's interception return with 27 seconds left in the second quarter made it 14-3 at the half.

Deuce Finch, who ran for 144 yards for the Eagles (2-10), scored on a 4-yard touchdown run at 5:18 in the third quarter to cut N.C. State's lead to 14-10.

Glennon and Palmer hooked for a pair of touchdowns 51 seconds apart at the end of the third quarter to push the Pack's margin to 27-10. Glennon hit Palmer from 8 and 25 yards, respectively.

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