banner

College Football

more stats

NC State (6-4) at (11) Clemson (9-1)



Saturday, November 17, 3:30 p.m. (et)

The Sports Network

By Scott Haynes, Senior College Football Editor

GAME NOTES: Holding out hope for an ACC Atlantic Division title, the 11th- ranked Clemson Tigers close out their conference slate this weekend when they welcome the NC State Wolfpack to Death Valley.

The defending ACC champions are tied with Florida State atop the Atlantic Division standings at 6-1 (9-1 overall). However, it is the Seminoles that hold the tie-breaker by virtue of a 49-37 win over the Tigers on Sept. 22. Since then, Clemson has won six straight games, including last weekend's 45-10 rout of Maryland.

Dabo Swinney knows that despite the accomplishments to this point, the season is far from over.

"I've told my players that now is the time when top 10 teams separate themselves from the pack. The end of November is when it matters. We need to play our best football down the stretch."

Tom O'Brien's Wolfpack ended a two-game skid last weekend with a 37-6 victory over Wake Forest at home. With the win, the team moved to 6-4 on the season and became bowl eligible for the fourth time in O'Brien's six seasons at the helm in Raleigh.

Clemson leads the all-time series against the Wolfpack, 51-28-1. NC State has not won a game in Death Valley since 2002, with Clemson holding a 19-11 edge in games played there.

Mike Glennon may only be starting for his second season, but he has already left his mark on the school record books, ranking fourth all-time in several statistical categories.

This season Glennon has completed 57.3 percent of his passes, for 2,910 yards with 22 touchdowns. Wideouts Quintin Payton (42 receptions, 669 yards, one TD) and Bryan Underwood (40 receptions, 588 yards, 10 TDs) have been reliable targets, although Underwood has been much more productive in terms of getting into the end zone.

The NC State defense has shown flashes of strong play like last weekend against Wake Forest, but consistency has definitely been an issue. The team is allowing nearly 400 yards per game (396), including almost 260 yards passing. Safety Earl Wolff has been one of the nation's most active defenders, leading the Wolfpack with 104 total tackles. Fellow safety Brandan Bishop is a distant second with 88 tackles. All-American cornerback David Amerson (38 tackles), leads the team with four interceptions to continue the strong play in the NC State secondary.

O'Brien commented on his defense and the challenge that Clemson will bring.

"That's the challenge: playing a really explosive Clemson football team. They've got playmakers at every spot on offense - a really tough challenge for the defense to defend. That's what's great about the challenge. You've got to go on the road and play a top team, so it's an exciting time."

There aren't many offenses putting up the kind of numbers that Clemson can on a weekly basis. The Tigers are sixth nationally in scoring (42.9 ppg), 12th in passing (322.6 ypg) and seventh in total offense (513.8 ypg).

The orchestrator of the offense is junior QB Tajh Boyd, who is having another phenomenal season, completing 68 percent of his passes, for 2,941 yards, with 28 touchdowns. It certainly helps to have some of the nation's top receiving talent in the form of DeAndre Hopkins (66 receptions, 1,096 yards, 14 TDs) and All-American Sammy Watkins (42 catches, 561 yards, two TDs).

While the passing game is front and center for Clemson, the ground game can also dominate at times thanks to tailback Andre Ellington (835 yards, 5.1 ypc, eight TDs).

The Clemson offense has masked any deficiencies the defense has had in 2012. The team have posted modest numbers at best, allowing 22.4 ppg and 389.1 yards of total offense.

The strength of the unit is in the linebacking corps, with the top three tacklers being LBs Stephone Anthony (74 tackles, 4.5 TFLs, one sack), Jonathan Willard (70 tackles, 7.0 TFLs, two sacks) and Spencer Shuey (68 tackles, 5.0 TFLs, one sack). Safeties Rashard Hall (54 tackles, three INTs) and Jonathan Meeks (47 tackles, two INTs) highlight the play in the secondary.

Obviously with a big win over Florida State this season, NC State possesses the talent base to win any ACC game, but getting it done in Death Valley against the Tigers, who are clicking on all cylinders, is a tall task indeed.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Clemson 40, NC State 21

11/14 10:34:50 ET

Other Stories

  • PGA: AT&T Byron Nelson Championship

    Today at 3:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NASL: RailHawks at Jacksonville

    Tonight at 7:30 on WRAL-2

  • PGA: AT&T Byron Nelson Championship

    Tomorrow at 3:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • MiLB: Bulls vs. Syracuse

    Tonight at 6:20 on Buzz Sports Radio

  • MLB: Detroit at LA Angels

    Tomorrow at 8:00 pm on 99.9 The Fan

Scoreboard
Local
Final
STONYBROOK 0
NCSTATE 3
 
Final
SYR 1
DUR 3
 
6:35pm Tonight
SYR
DUR
 
8:00pm Tonight
NCSTATE
TCU
 
Final
KAN 8
CHC 4
Final
COL 4
PHI 1
Final
TAM 1
BAL 2
Final
MIA 4
NYM 3
Final
WAS 2
CIN 5
Final
BOS 4
TEX 7
Final
ARI 7
MIL 5
Final
CWS 6
HOU 3
Final
TOR 6
MIN 4
Final
LOS 0
STL 3
Final
DET 0
ANA 2
Final
NYY 2
OAK 6
Final
CLE 1
SEA 2
Final
PIT 2
SDP 6
Final
ATL 2
SFG 4
2:10pm Today
TOR
MIN
3:05pm Today
COL
PHI
4:05pm Today
TAM
BAL
4:10pm Today
ARI
MIL
4:10pm Today
CWS
HOU
4:10pm Today
MIA
NYM
4:10pm Today
WAS
CIN
7:15pm Tonight
BOS
TEX
7:15pm Tonight
KAN
CHC
7:15pm Tonight
LOS
STL
10:05pm Tonight
ATL
SFG
10:05pm Tonight
DET
ANA
10:05pm Tonight
NYY
OAK
10:10pm Tonight
CLE
SEA
 
10:10pm Tonight
PIT
SDP
 
Final
TAM 2
NYR 0
8:00pm Tonight
CHI
ANA
 
Final
AUBURN 6
CHARLESTON 7
 
Final
CALIFORNIA 9
CCAROLINA 3
 
Final
COLUMBIA 6
ECAROLINA 3
 
Final
ORALROBRTS 6
ARKANSAS 8
 
Final
SFLORIDA 5
FAU 3
 
Final
WRIGHTST 7
NOTREDAME 13
 
Final
MICHIGAN 10
BRADLEY 5
 
Final
OREGON 1
IOWA 3
 
Final
TEXAS 4
OREGONST 5
 
Final
INDIANA 7
RADFORD 1
 
Final
ULLAFAYETE 7
RICE 6
 
Final
STONYBROOK 0
NCSTATE 3
 
Final
LEHIGH 3
LSU 10
 
Final
CLEMSON 4
ARIZONAST 7
 
Final
MERCER 4
FLORIDAST 5
 
Final
MOREHEADST 2
LOUISVILLE 7
 
Final
VIRGINIA 6
USC 1
 
7:00pm Friday
CANISIUS 0
SWMISSOURI 0
 
Final
FIU 2
MIAFLA 6
 
Final
FLAAM 0
FLORIDA 19
 
Final
MARYLAND 3
MISS 1
 
Final
STJOHNS 4
OKLAHOMAST 5
 
Final
TSOUTHERN 0
TEXASAM 5
 
Final
VCU 7
DALLASBAPT 2
 
Final
HSTNBAPT 4
HOUSTON 6
 
Final
LIPSCOMB 1
VANDERBILT 9
 
Final
OHIO 3
ILLINOIS 10
 
Final
SACREDHART 0
TCU 10
 
Final
PEPPERDINE 3
FULLERTON 9
 
Final
SANDIEGOST 4
CSANTABAR 3
 
Final
TULANE 1
NWILMINGTN 10
 
Final
CSBAKER 2
UCLA 7
 
12:00pm Today
BRADLEY
MOREHEADST
 
12:00pm Today
DALLASBAPT
TEXAS
 
12:00pm Today
MERCER
AUBURN
 
1:00pm Today
CANISIUS
SWMISSOURI
 
1:00pm Today
CCAROLINA
TSOUTHERN
 
1:00pm Today
ECAROLINA
FIU
 
1:00pm Today
FAU
FLAAM
 
1:00pm Today
STJOHNS
ORALROBRTS
 
1:00pm Today
WRIGHTST
OHIO
 
3:30pm Today
RICE
HSTNBAPT
 
3:30pm Today
SACREDHART
STONYBROOK
 
4:00pm Today
LEHIGH
TULANE
 
4:00pm Today
LOUISVILLE
MICHIGAN
 
4:00pm Today
RADFORD
LIPSCOMB
 
5:00pm Tonight
OREGON
TBA
 
6:00pm Tonight
CHARLESTON
FLORIDAST
 
6:00pm Tonight
USC
CSANTABAR
 
7:00pm Tonight
ARKANSAS
OKLAHOMAST
 
7:00pm Tonight
FLORIDA
SFLORIDA
 
7:00pm Tonight
MIAFLA
COLUMBIA
 
7:00pm Tonight
MISS
CSBAKER
 
7:00pm Tonight
OREGONST
VCU
 
7:00pm Tonight
PEPPERDINE
CLEMSON
 
7:00pm Tonight
TEXASAM
CALIFORNIA
 
8:00pm Tonight
HOUSTON
ULLAFAYETE
 
8:00pm Tonight
ILLINOIS
NOTREDAME
 
8:00pm Tonight
NCSTATE
TCU
 
8:00pm Tonight
VANDERBILT
INDIANA
 
9:00pm Tonight
IOWA
TBA
 
9:00pm Tonight
LSU
NWILMINGTN
 
10:00pm Tonight
SANDIEGOST
VIRGINIA
 
11:00pm Tonight
ARIZONAST
FULLERTON
 
11:00pm Tonight
UCLA
MARYLAND
 
Final
SYR 1
DUR 3
 
6:35pm Tonight
SYR
DUR