NC State Downs Wake Forest 37-6
Nov. 10, 2012
By Steven Wright, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@SIDeacons)
RALEIGH, N.C. - NC State scored the first 17 points of the game en route to a 37-6 victory over Wake Forest on Saturday night at Carter-Finley Stadium.
Wake Forest falls back to .500 on the year at 5-5 overall and ends the ACC season with a 3-5 record. NC State becomes bowl eligible and is now 6-4 overall and 3-3 in conference play.
Chibuikem Okoro gave the Demon Deacons excellent field position when he made a diving interception at the Wolfpack 39-yard line, setting up the Wake Forest touchdown. The score took just one play, as Tanner Price threw a backwards screen pass to Campanaro, and he found Davis wide open for the 39-yard strike. The PAT was no good, making the score 17-6 for the remainder of the first half.
Campanaro also caught a team-high five passes on the day but gained just 14 yards. After catching 16 balls last weekend against Boston College, he now has a new school record for most catches in back-to-back games at 21.
NC State's Mike Glennon went 25-for-41 through the air for 258 yards and two touchdowns. The Wolfpack also did some damage on the ground with 170 yards, including 110 yards on 27 carries by Shadrach Thornton.
On the defensive side of the ball, Daniel Mack and A.J. Marshall led the Deacs with 10 tackles apiece, marking career-highs for both players. Justin Jackson added nine tackles, and Kevin Johnson had eight tackles and forced a fumble that was recovered by Kris Redding.
Coming out of the half with the score 17-6, NC State's Tobais Palmer took the opening kickoff 100 yards to the endzone to give the Wolfpack a 24-6 advantage. A Glennon touchdown pass and two field goals by Niklas Sade capped the second-half scoring.
Wake Forest will head to South Bend, Ind., next Saturday for its first-ever game at Notre Dame. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 on NBC.