It's not so much a case of the "interim coach, uninspired team" stereotype that's hampering N.C. State in the 2012 Music City Bowl, but the reason they've got an interim in the first place. The Wolfpack entered the day 101st nationally in turnovers and let Vanderbilt take a 28-14 halftime lead thanks to two fumbles and two INTs.
It's NC State's fifth game this season in which they've turned the ball over four or more times, and that makes for a REAL good time on the Vandy sideline! Happy New Year, James Franklin!
Absent his interceptions, Wolfpack senior quarterback Mike Glennon has been serviceable - 17 of 26 for 170 yards - as NC State's offense has been dominant in the air (170 yards passing) but unable to run consistently (17 yards rushing). The Wolfpack are 7 of 8 on third downs through one half, their only miss coming on a 21-yard loss from a bad snap in the first quarter. Receiver/returner Tobias Palmer atoned for two bobbled kickoff returns and a dropped TD pass by returning a kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown to momentarily pull the Pack to within one score.
Vanderbilt senior quarterback Jordan Rodgers is 9-of-14 for only 75 yards but two TDs. Their scoring started with a one-handed catch by Vanderbilt's Chris Boyd on the opening drive that was initially ruled out of bounds. Twice the Commodores have scored from direct snaps to running backs in the wild cat formation, first senior Zac Stacy (13 rushes, 68 yards) and junior Wesley Tate (5 rushes, 19 yards).