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, last night in the Belk Bowl in Charlotte, N.C.
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.
In another bowl game *
At Detroit, Raheem Mostert returned a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown, third-string running back Reggie Pegram scored the first two TDs of his career and Carson Wiggs made two field goals to give help lift Purdue (7-6) to a 37-32 win over Western Michigan last night in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl.
Purdue's Akeem Shavers ran for a career-high 148 yards on 22 carries, filling in for the injured Ralph Bolden, and was named the game's MVP.
The Broncos (7-6) got the ball with a chance to go ahead, but their comeback hopes ended when quarterback Alex Carder fumbled for his fifth turnover with a little less than 2 minutes left. Ryan Russell forced the final fumble and Bruce Gaston recovered to seal the win.
Carder was 31 of 57 for 413 yards with three TDs - also connecting with Josh Schaffer and Chleb Ravenell for scores. But the junior matched a career high with four interceptions.
Offensive guard Andrew Rodriguez, of No. 21 Nebraska, has been ruled out of the Capital One Bowl against No. 10 South Carolina because of a sprained foot. He has missed three games; Seung Hoon Choi started in his place against Penn State and Michigan, and Jeremiah Sirles started against Iowa.
* Clemson wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, the Tigers' second-leading receiver, suffered a mild concussion in a car accident and did not accompany the team to the Discover Orange Bowl in Miami this week, ESPN.com reported.