2011-12-28 / Sports

N.C. State slips by Louisville

BOWL ROUNDUP

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Mike Glennon threw for 264 yards and three touchdowns and David Amerson returned an interception 65 yards for a touchdown as North Carolina State defeated Louisville 31-24 in the Belk Bowl.

T.J. Graham made the most of his final game at N.C. State with seven catches for 116 yards and two touchdowns, including a 65-yard score on a nifty catch- and- run, as the Wolfpack ( 8- 5) overcame a series of special teams blunders to hold off a late charge from the Cardinals (7-6).

Amerson had two more interceptions to give him 13 for the season, the most in the country, while setting a new Atlantic Coast Conference record.

Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater, who threw for 274 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another, nearly brought the Cardinals back from a 21-point deficit, but his final heave on fourth-and-23 was picked off by Amerson with 41 seconds left.

Little Caesars Bowl

DETROIT (AP) — Purdue recovered two onside kicks and Raheem Mostert returned a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown before halftime to give Purdue a big lead, and the Boilermakers held on to beat Western Michigan 37-32.

The Broncos had the ball with a chance to go ahead, but their comeback hopes ended when quarterback Alex Carder fumbled for his fifth turnover with just under two minutes left.

The Boilermakers (7-6) led 27- 15 at halftime after third-string running back Reggie Pegram scored the first two touchdowns of his career.

The Broncos (7-6) scored first on Carder’s 49-yard flea-flicker pass to Jordan White and went back ahead midway through the second quarter.

Mostert returned the ensuing kickoff for a TD to put Purdue ahead for good.

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