In his first season as a starter, quarterback Mike Glennon has already established himself among the top signal callers in school history. With three scoring throws tonight, Glennon now has 31 for the season, tied for the second-best mark in school history (Russell Wilson had 31 in 2009). Only Philip Rivers, who was named to the Pro Bowl today, had more in a single season for the Wolfpack with 34 in 2003.
In terms of yardage, Glennon tallied 3,054 for the season tied as the fifth-best mark in school history.
Glennon's three touchdown passes tonight was the second-highest ever for a Pack QB in a bowl game. Rivers threw for five scores against Kansas in the 2003 Tangerine Bowl (NC State 56, Kansas 26).
O'BRIEN IN BOWLS
Wolfpack head coach Tom O'Brien has led 11 of his 15 teams to bowl games and has been the head coach on the sidelines in 10 of those contests (his 2006 squad at Boston College won the Meineke Car Care Bowl - previous name of the Belk Bowl - after O'Brien had come to NC State). O'Brien now posts an 8-2 record in those 10 bowl contests.
AMERSON BREAKS CONFERENCE RECORD
National interception leader David Amerson broke the ACC single-season record for interceptions tonight when he picked off his 12th pass of the season and ran it back for a 65-yard score, and later notched his 13th in the fourth quarter. Amerson broke the mark set by UNC's Dre Bly in 1996.
Amerson's single-season mark ties as the second best in FBS history as well. Only Al Worley (Washington, 14 in 1968) has ever had more in a season.
GRAHAM OVER 1OO
Wide receiver T.J. Graham went over the century mark in terms of reception yards for the fourth time this season with seven catches for 116 yards tonight.
Tonight's 100+ yard performance was his first, however, since a 176-yard total against Cincinnati on Sept. 22. His high yardage tally in the eight games since was 56 yards versus Central Michigan. In fact, tonight's 117 yards was more than his total receiving yards in the last four games combined (110).
WENTZ GOES OUT
Entering tonight's game, junior center Camden Wentz had played more snaps that any player on the squad: 856. Wentz, who had 1,918 career snaps under his belt heading into the Belk Bowl, suffered an ankle injury on the Pack's first drive tonight.
The Pack started a different lineup on the offensive line tonight, marking only the third lineup change on the line all season. Sophomore Rob Crisp got the nod at right tackle, while Mikel Overgaard moved over to left guard.
PACK SCORES FIRST
For the first time since the win over UNC on November 5, NC State got on the scoreboard first in tonight's contest. It marked just the fifth time in 13 games that the Wolfpack scored first.
BRYAN MOVES UP CHARTS
With three catches tonight, senior tight end George Bryan finished his career with 126 - tied as the seventh best mark in school history.
NC State entered tonight's game with a 7-0 record when forcing three or more turnovers, 0-5 when forcing two of less. The Pack improved on that figure tonight, as NC State's notched three interceptions. The total of 27 interceptions on the season increases the Pack's school record.
COLE CAPS CAREER IN STYLE
Senior linebacker also had a standout performance in his final game. He posted a team-high 10 tackles, including a pair of sacks and four tackles for loss.