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November 8, 2012
It's no secret that fifth-year senior quarterback Mike Glennon did not have his best game of the season last Saturday against Virginia. In fact, it probably represented his worst.
He completed just 23 of 46 passes for a season-low 197 yards and one touchdown with three interceptions. He also fumbled once and was flagged for intentional grounding in the end zone for a safety.
Glennon obviously was not alone though. The entire team, offense, defense and special teams, suffered through its worst performance of the season en route to a 33-6 loss to the Cavaliers.
So is Glennon the type that wants to get away after a defeat like that or jump right back on the field?
"A little bit of both," Glennon admitted. "You need time to fix your problems, but we've moved on from that game, so we're ready to get back on the field and we're looking forward to playing Wake Forest.
"Time is ticking, we don't have much time left, so every opportunity we have to make the most of it."
Glennon acknowledged that there is a sense of urgency on the team, noting, "It seems like we were just 5-2 and now we're 5-4." He also said that getting back on track against Wake Forest will not be easy.
The Deacons are noted for mixing up their defenses and have forced at least three turnovers in three of the last four games. They intercepted Boston College junior quarterback Chase Rettig three times in their 28-14 win over the Eagles last Saturday.
"Sometimes it's max coverage and sometimes they really get after the quarterback," Glennon noted. "We're just going to have to be ready for whatever they throw at us and execute our offense."
It would be better if State could start executing its offense sooner rather than later Saturday. The Wolfpack have been notorious slow-starters this season, especially against BCS competition. They have been outscored 90-28 in the first quarter in seven games against BCS-level opponents, and 14 of those points came when they trailed 25-14 at the end of the first quarter against UNC.
Glennon said that a quick start has been emphasized, but solving the problem is easier said than done.
"I think it's something if we knew how to fix it would already be done," he said.
But as Glennon alluded to, time is running out in finding out.
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