CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 27: T.J. Graham #6 of the North Carolina State Wolfpack celebrates with teammates after scoring a touchdown against the Louisville Cardinals during their game at Bank of America Stadium on December 27, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

2011 Belk Bowl, Louisville Vs. N.C. State: Wolfpack Holds Off Cardinals

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2011 Belk Bowl, Louisville Vs. N.C. State Final Score: Wolfpack Survives Late Cardinals Rally For The 31-24 Win

The NC State Wolfpack jumped out to a 21-10 lead over the Louisville Cardinals by halftime and increased their lead to 31-10 midway through the third quarter. Quarterback Mike Glennon picked up three touchdown passes to put the Wolfpack in position for what looked like an easy victory, but Charlie Strong's Cardinals don't give up easily, and rallied back into the football game.

The Cardinals picked up a touchdown when quarterback Teddy Bridgewater connected with Nate Nord to cut into the Wolfpack lead, 31-17. Early in the fourth quarter, Louisville picked up a fumble to get the ball back to their offense, but the ensuing drive ended on a failed 4th-and-1 call to give the ball right back to the Wolfpack. On their next drive however, Teddy Bridgewater once again marched the Cardinals down the football field and into the endzone to put the game within a touchdown 31-24.

The Cardinals tried an onside kick, but the Wolfpack was able to recover it. Oddly enough, NC State ran the ball four straight times including on fourth down to turn the ball over on downs. Teddy Bridgwater went to work again, driving the Cardinals down the field but was picked off by David Amerson at the 16-yard line, sealing the win for the Wolfpack. Bridgewater ended the day with 273 yards in the air and two passing touchdowns, but ultimately his three interceptions were just enough to hold back the Cardinals offense.

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