(Saturday, October 8th)
Final Score: NC State 38, Central Michigan 24
Raleigh, NC (Sports Network)- Mike Glennon completed 20-of-36 passes for 244 yards and four touchdowns as NC State bested Central Michigan 38-24 at Carter- Finley Stadium.
James Washington added 109 yards rushing and a touchdown for NC State (3-3), and Jay Smith led the Wolfpack in receiving with five catches for 61 yards with a score. The defense was led by linebacker Terrell Manning, who recorded nine tackles, forced a fumble, recorded an interception and a sack. Sophomore cornerback David Amerson recorded his fifth and sixth interceptions of the season in the second half.
Ryan Radcliff led Central Michigan (2-4) by completing 19-of-32 passes for 245 yards and two touchdowns, but was intercepted four times. Paris Cotton delivered his second straight 100-yard rushing performance, gaining 158 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries.
The Wolfpack struck first on their opening drive, as Glennon found George Bryan for an 18-yard touchdown pass.
Central Michigan answered with a score on its first possession when Radcliff completed a 17-yard scoring pass to Cody Wilson.
Glennon stayed hot on the next drive as he completed a 47-yard pass to T.J. Graham early in the march before finding Jay Smith for a 12-yard touchdown pass. Glennon's second touchdown pass of the day put NC State up 14-7 with 4:21 remaining in the first quarter.
The Wolfpack defense forced a three-and-out on the next drive, but John Carr gave the Chippewas a second chance to tie the score when he recovered Graham's muffed punt. One play later, Radcliff found Courtney Williams for a 23- yard touchdown pass to tie the score at 14 with just under two minutes remaining in the opening frame.
Central Michigan took its first lead in the second quarter when kicker David Harman connected from 22 yards out to put the Chippewas up 17-14 with 10 minutes remaining in the first half.
Glennon took NC State right back down the field on the next drive, and topped it off with a two-yard touchdown pass to Steven Howard to give the Wolfpack a 21-17 halftime lead.
Manning intercepted Radcliff three plays into the second half, and Glennon cashed in by completing another touchdown pass, this time to Tobias Palmer from 10 yards out to push the Wolfpack lead to 28-17 less than three minutes into the third quarter.
In the fourth, NC State put the Chippewas in a hole when James Washington scored on a two-yard run that padded the Wolfpack's commanding lead. Niklas Sade added a 45-yard field goal to push NC State's lead to 38-17 with 8:37 remaining.
Paris Cotton gave the Chippewas some hope on the ensuing kickoff, dashing 77- yards for a score that cut the NC State lead to 38-24 with 8:18 remaining. Central Michigan then recovered an onside kick and drove deep into Wolfpack territory before Amerson picked off Radcliff to end the Central Michigan threat.
Central Michigan recorded five turnovers, while NC State committed just one.
10/08 23:02:29 ET