Glennon Looking to Stay Perfect vs. Heels

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Mike Glennon enrolled at NC State in the fall of 2008, and he has yet to lose a game to rival North Carolina.

Mike Glennon enrolled at NC State in the fall of 2008, and he has yet to lose a game to rival North Carolina. Last season's matchup was his first as a starter, and he completed 16-of-33 passes for 164 yards and a touchdown in the 13-0 victory.

Glennon is currently 4-0, and although he knows the senior class doesn't want to be the first to lose to the Tar Heels under Tom O'Brien, he also believes this game means even more to the current season.

The Wolfpack checks in at 5-2 overall, 2-1 in ACC play, and control their own destiny in the Atlantic Division race. If they win out they will be representing the division in the ACC title game.

"Obviously we don't want to [be the first senior class to lose], but we more just want to win to keep us on track to get closer to the ACC championship," said Glennon. "This just happens to be the next game.

"Of course, I don't think anyone wants to be that class. Since we've been here, that's all we know of. That's something we're focusing on, but more of the focus is going to be on winning for this season and heading forward."

Glennon and the Wolfpack offense should enter the matchup with plenty of confidence. State has won five of six games and the offense has engineered game-winning drives in the final minute against Maryland and Florida State.

The Pack has proven it can win late and is now 3-0 in games decided by six points or less. Also, with the unit getting healthier, opening-season starters Rob Crisp, Andrew Wallace, and co-starter James Washington should be full go on Saturday, Glennon believes they can get the job done.

"It's good to know that we've been in different situations now where we've had to come back and win," he said. "So, we know we can do it. At the same time, we don't always want to be in that situation.

"I think there is a lot of confidence that we can play from ahead and from behind and come out with the win."

Statistically, North Carolina boasts one of the ACC's better defenses. The Tar Heels are No. 3 in the league in total defense, behind Florida State and Maryland, and stingy against the run, yielding just 116.5 yards per game.

Also, their scoring defense is second in the league and 25th in the country, allowing just 19.25 points per game. However, all of those defensive numbers are aided by wins over D-IAA Elon (62-0) and WAC opponent Idaho (66-0). The Heels have allowed 28, 34, 18, and 30 in their four ACC games this season.

With that being said, Glennon is impressed with what he has seem from them on film.

"They are really talented," he said. "They've got a lot of big, athletic guys, and they've been pretty successful.

"It's going to be a tough task for us, but we're going to prepare all week for it."

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