NC State rolls past Wake Forest 37-6


NC State rolls past Wake Forest 37-6

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Mike Glennon threw two touchdown passes while Tobais Palmer returned a kickoff 100 yards for a score to help North Carolina State beat Wake Forest 37-6 on Saturday and secure bowl eligibility.

Logan Winkles and Asa Watson each had TD catches for the Wolfpack (6-4, 3-3 Atlantic Coast Conference). Tony Creecy also ran for a 1-yard touchdown for the game's first score as N.C. State jumped out to a 17-0 lead in the opening quarter.

Palmer then opened the second half with his end-zone-to-end-zone return, tied for longest in school history, to blow the game open and ensure the Wolfpack would remain in firm control.

Michael Campanaro threw a touchdown pass on a miserable afternoon for the Demon Deacons (5-5, 3-5), who also needed a win to become bowl eligible. But the Wolfpack dominated up front, sacking Tanner Price five times and holding the Demon Deacons to 185 total yards.

That included allowing just 16 yards rushing on 23 attempts.

While both teams were chasing that sixth win, this was about more than just a bowl trip for the Wolfpack.

After an upset of then-No. 3 Florida State and a win at Maryland, N.C. State controlled its own destiny in the Atlantic Division race to earn a spot in the league championship game in Charlotte. But rival North Carolina snapped a five-year losing streak to the Wolfpack with a final-seconds punt return for a touchdown, then N.C. State returned home with a lifeless performance in a 33-6 loss to Virginia last weekend.

Coach Tom O'Brien said the team had to relocate its pre-UNC form. The Wolfpack responded.

Glennon threw for 258 yards on 25-for-41 passing, while Shadrach Thornton ran for 110 yards on 27 carries in only the third 100-yard rushing game for N.C. State all season.

Wake Forest was coming off a 28-14 win against Boston College in which Campanaro tied the ACC single-game record with 16 receptions. He didn't get open often Saturday, with his only highlight coming when he took a quick lateral from Price, then found Terence Davis alone downfield for an easy 39-yard touchdown early in the second quarter.

But the Demon Deacons didn't score again, while Campanaro finished with five catches for just 14 yards. Price threw for 113 yards on 18-for-33 passing with an interception.

This game might've been the best chance for the Demon Deacons to reach bowl eligibility. Next week, they travel to No. 4 Notre Dame, then return home for Thanksgiving weekend to face Vanderbilt, which won last year's meeting 41-7 in Winston-Salem.

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Eagles' Michael Bennett allegedly injured elderly worker; arrest warrant issued

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Eagles' Michael Bennett allegedly injured elderly worker; arrest warrant issued

Philadelphia Eagles lineman Michael Bennett has been indicted on felony abuse for allegedly pushing an elderly NRG Stadium worker during Super Bowl LI.

Bennett was indicted by the Harris County, Texas district attorney's office for injury to the elderly — which is intentionally and knowingly causing injury to a person 65 years or older, according to a press release from the Harris County Sheriffs' Office.

A warrant has been issued for Bennett's arrest.

The 66-year-old paraplegic stadium worker was attempting to control field access when Bennett allegedly pushed her. 

The maximum penalty Bennett faces is ten years in prison in addition to a $10,000 fine.


Bennett — whose brother Martellus played in that Super Bowl for New England — was a member of the Seattle Seahawks during the incident and was in attendance as a noncompetitive player.

The NFL has been made aware of the situation and is looking into the matter, according to Pro Football Talk.

The 32-year-old 10-year NFL veteran could potentially face NFL discipline under the league's personal conduct policy. 


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Wizards host students from Stoneman Douglas High School ahead of 'March For Our Lives'

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Wizards host students from Stoneman Douglas High School ahead of 'March For Our Lives'

With a march on Washington planned for this weekend following the mass shooting in Parkland, FL, students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School were invited by the Wizards to attend their Friday morning practice at Capital One Arena.

About 20 of the kids showed up to watch the Wizards practice, took pictures with players, got a tour of the facilities and walked away with Wizards hats and gear. It was a small break away from what has been a tumultous time ever since the massacre at their school on Feb. 14.

Wizards majority owner Ted Leonsis was on hand to speak with the students, who are set to lead the 'March For Our Lives' through downtown Washington on Saturday.


Wizards guard Bradley Beal met with the media after taking photos with the students.

"For us to be able to take their mind off of it for just a few minutes is always a great feeling," Beal said. "At the end of the day, we're all human beings regardless of our careers are and what our jobs are. A lot of us have families, kids, brothers and sisters. The last thing that you want to happen is what happened to several of those families. You can never imagine."

Beal went to college in Florida and has participated in his own forms of activism. He has found inspiration in the efforts by Stoneman Douglas students. They have taken what happened to their school as a catalyst for what they hope produces change in the ability to protect similar attacks from happening again.


Beal, 24, finds that admirable.

"It's amazing sometimes to learn from the youth on how to do things," Beal said. "It's a testament to where our world needs to lead to, to where we need to get to and to come together as a society. It starts with us as the younger generation. We've gotta come together with love and do things like this. I think what they're doing is awesome. It's spreading positive vibes and it's true humanitarian work that they're doing."

The Stoneman Douglas students are expected to attend Friday night's Wizards-Nuggets game as well.

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