NCAA Game Summary - Clemson at North Carolina State|
(Thursday, September 19th)
Final Score: (3) Clemson 26, North Carolina State 14
Raleigh, NC (Sports Network) - Tajh Boyd had three touchdown passes to help
No. 3 Clemson to a 26-14 win over North Carolina State on Thursday night.
Boyd finished the game 24-for-37 for 244 yards and added 38 yards on 13
carries for the Tigers (3-0, 1-0 ACC), who were coming off a bye week after
opening the season with wins over Georgia and South Carolina State.
"I am proud of our guys," Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney said. "The goal is
to be 3-0 right now and that is where we are. We have nine more to go."
Martavis Bryant caught two of Boyd's scoring passes and finished the game with
six catches for 73 yards, while Sammy Watkins had 10 catches for 96 yards in
Pete Thomas was 20-for-36 for 213 yards and an interception while running in a
touchdown for the Wolfpack (2-1, 0-1), who were also playing after a bye week
that came after wins over Louisiana Tech and Richmond to open the season.
"It was a hard fought game," North Carolina State head coach Dave Doeren
remarked. "I thought our players competed hard. I'm proud of the way they
Clemson started the game with the ball and ran off five minutes over 14 plays,
but the team only managed to move the ball 43 yards and resorted to a 49-yard
field goal from Chandler Catanzaro for a 3-0 lead.
The score stayed that way until the opening minute of the second quarter, as
Catanzaro capped off another 14-play drive with a 45-yard field goal.
North Carolina State answered on its ensuing possession as Shadrach Thornton
took a handoff up the middle and dragged a couple of tacklers with him into
the end zone on a 21-yard score and a 7-6 lead with 11:03 to play in the half.
With 5:10 left in the half and the ball at their own 44, the Tigers quickly
got past midfield on a 28-yard catch from Watkins. Facing a 4th-and-1, Boyd
ran for seven yards and the next play saw his toss over the middle caught just
inside the end zone by Sam Cooper for an 11-yard score and a 13-7 lead with
2:23 left in the half.
Just past the midway mark of the third quarter, Clemson got the ball back near
midfield and a 20-yard catch from Bryant followed by a 6-yard run from Boyd
helped the team recover from a 12-yard loss on first down. Boyd then lofted a
pass down the left sideline that hit Bryant in the end zone for a 30-yard
score and a 20-7 lead with 5:25 to play in the third.
Following a long drive from North Carolina State that saw the team come away
empty-handed as Niklas Sade missed a 48-yard field goal on the first play of
the fourth quarter, Clemson took advantage to pad its advantage.
The 10-play 68-yard drive saw the team convert two third downs and facing a
3rd-and-7 at the NCST 15, Boyd threw a pass to the right that saw Bryant
outleap a defender for the score. The 2-point conversion failed and it was a
26-7 game with 11:27 to play.
The Wolfpack came back with a drive that covered an amazing 23 plays and
lasted over 7 1/2 minutes. The team converted four fourth downs during the 84-
yard march and Thomas finished it off with a 4-yard run into the end zone to
make it a 26-14 game with 3:50 to play.
Roderick McDowell led all rushers with 68 yards on 14 carries for Clemson ...
Clemson totaled 415 yards to 378 for North Carolina State, but the Wolfpack
controlled the ball for nearly 33 minutes ... Clemson has won nine of the last
10 games against North Carolina State and leads the all-time series, 53-28-1
... North Carolina State hosts Central Michigan next Saturday ... Clemson
hosts Wake Forest next Saturday.
09/20 02:42:43 ET