2011 Belk Bowl
|2011 Belk Bowl|
|Date||December 27, 2011|
|Stadium||Bank of America Stadium|
|Location||Charlotte, North Carolina|
|Favorite||NC State Wolfpack by 1|
|Referee||Bill Athan (WAC)|
|Payout||US$1 million per team|
|United States TV coverage|
|Announcers||Bob Wischusen (Play-by-Play)
Brian Griese (Analyst)
Shannon Spake (Sidelines)
The 2011 Belk Bowl, the 10th edition of the game, was a post-season American college football bowl game, held on December 27, 2011 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina as part of the 2011–12 NCAA Bowl season.
Louisville-NC State is expected to become a yearly game as in 2014 Louisville will join the ACC and is expected to replace Maryland in the Atlantic Division (where NC State plays).
Louisville advanced to its second straight Bowl game under second year head coach Charlie Strong. It is the first time the Cardinals have advanced to back-to-back bowl games since 2005–06, their first two years as members of the Big East. Louisville enters the game with a record of 7–5, and having gone 5–2 in Big East play. The Cardinals experienced an up-and-down season. They started out 1–1 before going on the road and beating their hated in-state rival Kentucky 24–17 for the first time in 4 tries, in a game where highly touted freshman quarterback Teddy Bridgewater made his debut, filling in midway through for the injured Will Stein. Louisville lost three straight to drop to 2–4, before winning three straight to go to 5–4. One notable event occurred midway through the Cards' 16–14 win over Rutgers, in which senior cornerback Anthony Conner broke his neck and was carted off the field. Louisville became Bowl-eligible on November 19, in a 34–20 win at Connecticut.
|NCS – T.J. Graham 6 Yd Pass From Mike Glennon (Niklas Sade Kick), 5:39||NCS 7–0|
|UL – Teddy Bridgewater 8 Yd Run (Chris Philpott Kick), 1:06||Tie 7-7|
|UL – Chris Philpott 32 Yd Field Goal, 6:07||UL 10-7|
|NCS – Tobias Palmer 35 Yd Pass From Mike Glennon (Niklas Sade Kick), 4:03||NCS 14-10|
|NCS – T.J. Graham 68 Yd Pass From Mike Glennon (Niklas Sade Kick), 1:35||NCS 21-10|
|NCS – Niklas Sade 34 Yd Field Goal, 8:04||NCS 24-10|
|NCS – David Amerson 65 Yd Interception Return (Niklas Sade Kick), 6:39||NCS 31-10|
|UL – Nate Nord 2 Yd Pass From Teddy Bridgewater (Chris Philpott Kick), 2:00||NCS 31-17|
|UL – Josh Bellamy 2 Yd Pass From Teddy Bridgewater (Chris Philpott Kick), 3:55||NCS 31-24|
|Passing yards (net)||274||264|
|Time of Possession||31:50||28:10|
- Bowl Schedule, Los Angeles Times, December 7, 2011
- Louisville Cardinals vs. North Carolina State Wolfpack box score. ESPN. Retrieved 30 December 2011.