Third-ranked Clemson turns back N.C. State
Tajh Boyd threw for 244 yards and three touchdowns to help No. 3 Clemson beat North Carolina State 26-14 on Thursday night.
The Associated Press
RALEIGH, N.C. — Clemson struggled to get its offense running in high gear and spent much of Thursday night fighting to protect a slim lead. The third-ranked Tigers still did enough to stay unbeaten in the kind of game that often has slipped away in recent years.
Tajh Boyd threw for 244 yards and three touchdowns to help Clemson beat North Carolina State 26-14, winning its Atlantic Coast Conference opener on the road.
Clemson came in averaging 45 points and 490 yards, but didn’t score its first touchdown until late in the first half.
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said he was disappointed in his team’s execution in the first half. “But we cleaned it up, we battled hard and got it to the second half and we ended up coming alive.”
Boyd’s second scoring pass, a 30-yarder to Martavis Bryant, capped a critical third-quarter sequence that allowed the Tigers (3-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) to seize momentum in front of a hostile crowd.
Clemson pulled away from there. Boyd found Bryant for another touchdown, with Bryant snatching the ball away from defender Niles Clark for a 15-yard score that made it 26-7 with 11:27 left.
Shadrach Thornton scored the Wolfpack’s first TD on a 21-yard run in the second quarter. N.C. State (2-1, 0-1) led 7-6 but couldn’t complete the upset in coach Dave Doeren’s first league game.
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