Glennon’s late touchdown pass helps NC State upset Florida State
Raleigh, NC, United States (4E Sports) – Mike Glennon threw a two-yard touchdown heave to wide receiver Bryan Underwood with 16 seconds remaining to cap North Carolina State’s comeback from a 16-point deficit en route to a huge 17-16 upset win over No. 3 Florida State Saturday at Carter-Finley Stadium.
Glennon completed 30 of 55 passes for 259 yards and two fourth-quarter touchdowns as the Wolfpacks (4-2, 1-1 ACC) clinched their fourth win in six games and dropped the Seminoles to their first loss in six outings.
“Coming back tonight against that defense was huge. He played very well in the second half. I’m ecstatic for him. Our goal is to always win the third quarter and we did. Getting the turnover was huge and then being able to go down and get a touchdown afterwards was even bigger,” Wolfpacks coach Tom O’Brien said of his quarterback.
“He stood in there and made some really good plays. Hats off to him, he played a great game,” Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher said of Glennon.
The Seminoles (5-1, 2-1 ACC) were the highest-ranked opponent NC State has beaten since downing No. 2 Florida State, 24-7, in 1998.
With his game-winning touchdown reception, Underwood has set a new school record with six consecutive games with a scoring catch. He has now seven touchdown catches on the season, the seventh-most in a single season in school history.
The Wolfpacks’ defense was also instrumental in the victory, limiting the Seminoles to a season-low 343 total yards after putting up over 400 total yards in each of their first five victories.
After giving up 16 points in the first half, NC State’s defense buckled down to work and did not allow the Seminoles to come up with a point in the second half.
Dustin Hopkins jumpstarted the Seminoles’ juggernaut with a 49-yard field goal in the first quarter. Nick O’Leary started the second period with a four-yard touchdown reception from quarterback EJ Manuel.
Hopkins then buried two more field goals to give the Seminoles a commanding 16-0 lead at the first half.
The Wolfpacks slowly fought their way back, with Niklas Sade burying a 27-yard field goal to cut the deficit to 16-3.
Then, Glennon finally found his mark in the fourth, connecting with Shadrach Thornton for a 24-yard touchdown pass to further trim the lead to just six.
With less than three minutes remaining in the game, Glennon led a 12-play, 43-yard attack capped by a two-yard scoring pass to Underwood.
In a last-ditch effort, Manuel tried to launch a game-saving drive but his pass was stymied by NC State’s defense. He finished 17-for-29 for 218 and one touchdown pass.