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          === Boyd leads No. 3 Clemson past NC State in ACC opener ===
 
 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
 the win.
 
 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
 competed tonight."
 
 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.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 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 02:42:57 ET

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