Turnovers Doom NC State in Music City Bowl

By Ryan McCart
Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

Mike Glennon’s final game as the starting quarterback for North Carolina State didn’t exactly go to plan.  The senior threw three interceptions, as part of a five-turnover game for the Wolfpack and those turnovers were the reason that Vanderbilt won the game. In the end the Commodores won the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl by a final score of 38-24.

The turnovers were the only reason that Vanderbilt won the game. Statistically NC State simply dominated the game. The Pack outgained their opponent by 199 offensive yards and did a much better job converting on third down. However, it is almost impossible to overcome five turnovers in a game, especially when the other team doesn’t turn it over once.

Vanderbilt scored 17 points off of the five Wolfpack turnovers. So if you look at the final point differential (14 points) then those turnovers loom even larger. State should have won the game, but simple mistakes led to the defeat.

Future NC State head coach Dave Doeren was watching the game from up in a luxury box with Athletic Director Debbie Yow. The future coach had to like a good bit of what he saw down on the field, but he will have to clean up the turnover problems next year. It won’t help that their star quarterback is graduating and will probably be on an NFL roster in 2013.

I’ve previously said that it will take Doeren a couple of years to build up his program, but he is starting with a good foundation of playmakers from former coach Tom O’Brien’s roster. I’m sure that Glennon and his fellow seniors would have liked a different result in the final game of their collegiate career, but it seems that the future of the program, as a whole, is bright.

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