Saturday, September 17, 2011
Final: NC State 35, South Alabama 13
By Heather Dinich
NC State couldn't have asked for much more from quarterback Mike Glennon, who completed 17 of 20 pass attempts for 274 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions, but again, this team has work to do. NC State lost three fumbles and allowed South Alabama a 100-yard rusher, further evidence the defense remains a question. Injuries have been a major factor.
NC State lost another defensive starter in the first half of tonight’s game, as weakside linebacker Terrell Manning left the game in the second quarter with a knee injury and did not return. Manning joined starting defensive tackle J.R. Sweezy and defensive end Jeff Rieskamp in the injured ranks, although his status is unknown following tonight. Backup defensive tackle Thomas Teal is also missing time with an injury.
Offensively, T.J. Graham also had another big day, as he finished the night with five catches for 128 yards and a touchdown. It was his second consecutive game with over 100 yards receiving. The last Wolfpack receiver to collect over 100 yards receiving in back-to-back games was Jerricho Cotchery in 2003.
Injuries and struggles aside, this was a chance for NC State to get back on the winning track following the loss to Wake Forest, and the Pack did that. It won't be as easy at Cincinnati.