Sep 8, 2012; East Hartford, CT, USA; North Carolina State Wolfpack quarterback Mike Glennon (8) hands off the ball to running back Mustafa Greene (33) during the first quarter at Rentschler Field. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-US PRESSWIRE
Well, it was never pretty--to say the very least--but NC State found enough points today to beat UConn. Offense was a major struggle for both teams all afternoon, and as they stumbled through the first quarter, it didn't seem like anybody had answers. The Huskies' pressure defense was working on every passing down, as State couldn't find any adjustments that worked. Or just didn't bother to adjust anything.
The game could have ended 3-0, but it didn't, so let's just be okay with all of this. Glennon eventually found Bryan Underwood on a 46-yard touchdown pass, which was the decisive play in the game. There wasn't much to be encouraged about from Glennon, the receivers, or the offensive line in this one, but they somehow did enough.
The story of the game was NC State's defense, which bottled up the Huskies' rushing game and took advantage of quarterback Chandler Whitmer's mistakes. Had State's offense been able to actually cash in those turnovers, the game would have been finished a lot sooner. But you know how it goes.