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               === Boyd, No. 11 Clemson outduel NC State ===
 
 Clemson,  SC (Sports  Network) -  It was  a  game of  runs in  the opening  30
 minutes and then Clemson seized control.
 
 Tajh  Boyd accounted  for an  ACC record  eight touchdowns,  five through  the
 air and three on the ground, in No. 11 Clemson's 62-48 shootout win over North
 Carolina State.
 
 Boyd  threw  for 426 yards  on 30-of-44  efficiency with two interceptions and
 added  103 yards on the ground for the Tigers (10-1, 7-1 ACC), whose 754 total
 yards were two away from a school record.
 
 The  junior  signal caller broke his  own single-season touchdown record of 38
 established last year. Boyd now has 41 scores on the campaign.
 
 Clemson  finished ACC  play  tied with  Florida State  atop  the ACC  Atlantic
 Division,  but the Seminoles earned the trip to the conference title game with
 their win over the Tigers earlier in the year.
 
 The  Tigers,  though, with a  win next week  against South Carolina, could put
 themselves in prime position for a potential BCS bowl bid.
 
 "Beat South Carolina. We have not defeated them in three years," Boyd said.
 "It is one of those deals where it has to happen. We just want to be the best
 team possible. Right now, the best situation we can be in is to be 11-1."
 
 Mike  Glennon completed  29-of-53 passes for a career-high 493 yards with five
 touchdowns  and  an interception  for NC  State (6-5,  3-4), which has dropped
 three of its last four contests.
 
 "That's a really good offensive football team; not a good matchup for us," NC
 State head coach Tom O'Brien said. "But we left too many points on the board,
 way too many opportunities to score."
 
 Tobais  Palmer  registered 496  all-purpose yards, 219  of them receiving with
 three scores on seven catches, the second most in FBS history in defeat.
 
 Unlike  last season's showdown, when the Wolfpack tallied 27 unanswered points
 in  the first half  en route to a 37-13 victory, Clemson was able to withstand
 the visitors' surge this time around.
 
 The  NC  State setback  a year  ago was  part of  a late  season swoon for the
 Tigers,  who ended the campaign with losses in three of their final four games
 -- including their Orange Bowl loss to West Virginia.
 
 The Tigers jumped out to a quick lead midway through the first quarter. A pair
 of  Chandler Catanzaro  field goals, 46 and 43 yards, respectively, sandwiched
 around a Boyd 4-yard TD run gave the hosts a 13-0 advantage.
 
 Glennon and NC State, though, countered with 24 unanswered points, 21 of which
 came on three touchdown passes to conclude the first quarter
 
 Two of those came on the Wolfpack's ensuing offensive snaps.
 
 The  senior Glennon  hooked up  with  Palmer for  scores  of 77  and 49  yards
 before  Glennon  connected with Rashard  Smith for  an 18-yard touchdown and a
 21-13 Wolfpack edge late in the opening frame.
 
 Niklas  Sade  booted and  32-yard field  goal through the  uprights to make it
 24-13.
 
 The  pendulum quickly  swung in Clemson's favor as it tallied the half's final
 28 points and the next 42 overall.
 
 Boyd  threw  for the next  three scores and  ran for the  final one to cap the
 first half.
 
 He  flipped a 7-yard  TD pass to Brandon Ford and then hit Sammy Watkins for a
 27-yard   score  --  Boyd  connected  with  Ford  for  the  ensuing  two-point
 conversion.
 
 Boyd lofted a 62-yard pass to DeAndre Hopkins, who galloped wide-open down the
 right  sideline  after he blew by  his defender with a hitch-and-go route, for
 the  third  score and scampered in  from nine yards  out to make it 41-24 with
 1:14 to go until the break.
 
 Boyd  fired a  40-yard touchdown pass to Martavis Bryant for the second half's
 first  points, and  after Glennon's pass on 4th-and-3 near midfield was batted
 down, Boyd ran in for another 9-yard score and a 55-24 Tigers margin with 4:13
 to go in the third.
 
 The  Wolfpack recorded the next two touchdowns, again on consecutive offensive
 snaps.
 
 Palmer  took  a kickoff  down the  left sideline for  81 yards before Shadrach
 Thornton  scampered  in from  16 yards  out on  the next  play. After Boyd was
 intercepted  by Earl  Wolff, Glennon found Mario Carter for a 6-yard touchdown
 and a 55-38 game.
 
 Boyd  hit Ford  for a 69-yard touchdown  on the third play of the Tigers' next
 series before the Wolfpack answered with a Glennon to Palmer 29-yard touchdown
 connection  and  a Sade  40-yard field  goal midway through  the fourth to cut
 the deficit to 62-48.
 
 But Clemson ran the final 7:35 off the clock to seal the win.
 
 "I'm very proud of everyone for handling adversity and finding a way to win,"
 Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney said.
 
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Watkins  finished with 110 yards receiving on 11 receptions, while Ford caught
 five balls for 101 yards ... Andre Ellington ran for 124 yards for Clemson ...
 Thornton had 114 yards on the ground for the Wolfpack.
 
 11/17 22:31:44 ET