Glennon: "Just A Bad Ball By Me"

CHESTNUT HILL, MASS – Mike Glennon knows he threw the ball to the wrong spot.

If he had thrown it to the right spot, NC State may well have won on Saturday.

The NC State quarterback had T.J. Graham for what would have been a 23-yard touchdown pass to the right corner of the end zone in the fourth quarter here Saturday. He had to throw the ball to the outside, but instead threw it inside and it was picked off by BC cornerback Donnie Fletcher.

"Just a bad ball by me," he said.

Glennon was 28-for-40 for 220 yards and the one pick in the 14-10 loss to Boston College. He didn't throw a touchdown pass, but he did throw a 32-yarder to Quinton Payton that set up the only State touchdown.

Glennon faced pressure, was sacked once and threw on the run more than he'd like. But he did hit nine different receivers with at least one pass, tight end George Bryan and running backs Tony Creecy and James Washington catching five each.

Bryan's five catches gave him 112 for his career.

Defensive tackle Marcus Kuhn left the game after a half with back trouble and no word on his availability for next week.

Meanwhile, offensive tackle R.J. Mattes returned from a foot injury to play in the second half, with Mikel Overgaard moving back to guard.

SUPERMAN DELIVERS
Yesterday was Senior Day at BC, but there is also serious speculation it could have been the final home game for All-American linebacker Luke Kuechly. The junior they call Superman didn't support.

After injuring his right elbow tackling Washington on the first play of the second half and missing the rest of that series, he started the fourth quarter with nine tackles and doubled that total in the final quarter.

"I think it was one of those things where I kind of figured out what was going on and where they were trying to attack us," he said. "It took a while to figure it out, but I finally got going."

It was his 32nd straight game with at least 10 tackles, the longest current FBS streak, and his 500th career tackle was included in that finish.

Again the runaway tackling leader in the country, he is on pace to smash to NCAA record for a season. He would easily break the all-time career mark but the feeling is he'll leave for first-round draft selection.

SPEAR THE STREAKER
During the second quarter, after another Kuechly tackle, a young fan wearing a Kuechly jersey charged out onto the field. He high-fived Kuechly, but, as he continued on through the NC State line, tackle Ron Crisp flattened the guy with his right arm.

Bryan was right there, saying, "I thought about (hitting the guy) – he ran into a brick wall and he definitely fell … HARD!

PARTING SHOTS
Last week the Wolfpack held North Carolina to three net yards on the ground. Yesterday, BC's Andre Williams ran for eight yards on each of the first two plays of the game. And, State then went on to net just four yards on the ground in the first half.

  • Punting into the wind in the second quarter, State's Wil Baumann had punts of 24 and 29 yards, the 24-yarder off the side of his foot. A nice bounce gave him a 43-yarder at the end of the half. He also had a 19-yarder off the side of his foot in the second half, averaging 31.2 yards on six kicks for the game, after coming averaging 38.1 yards per punt.

  • Linebacker Terrell Manning led State with 10 tackles, two for loss, including a sack. He took little solace in his group holding BC to minus-2 yards of total offense in the second half. He saw it as happening too late, saying, "You gotta regroup as soon as you get punched in the mouth (by BC's first score), not after."

  • Cornerback David Amerson picked off his 10th pass of the season, moving to within one of tying the NCAA record held by North Carolina's Dre Bly, set in 1996. That, of course, is also the ACC mark

  • Tom O'Brien fell 0-3 here against his old team, 1-4 against BC. Overall, State is just 1-5 in Chestnut Hill, 3-6 overall against the Eagles

  • While O'Brien fell to 30-30 at the NC State helm, BC coach Frank Spaziani, his old friend and former assistant, is 20-18 at BC. The pair shared an embrace out in the middle of the field when the game ended.

  • State came in leading the ACC and second in the country in fewest yards penalized per game (31.89) but was guilty of 56 yards worth on eight infractions in this game.


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