#5 Clemson at NC State
Carter Finley Stadium, Raleigh, NC
7:30 PM ABC
The 5th ranked Tigers are in Raleigh tonight to take on an injury ravaged Wolfpack team. It is Homecoming for 4-4 North Carolina State and the Tiger team that they will welcome into Carter Finley tonight should be a team with a sizable chip on its shoulder.
The Tigers were left out of the CFP committee’s top four in the initial set of rankings released on Tuesday night. Instead they were slotted in at number five, in favor of unbeaten Penn State. The Nittany Lions promptly went out and lost on the road to #17 Minnesota this afternoon so a win puts the Tigers into that top four. However, it is safe to assume this Clemson team won’t just be looking to win, they’ll be looking to make a statement in the process.
Join us at kickoff for all the happenings from Raleigh.
- Tigers are sporting the Orange Britches. The Atlantic is on the line
- The Tiger band has been placed in the upper deck
- Tigers get ball first
- Tigers already in red zone. Lawrence is dialed in, has hit all four passes he has thrown
- TOUCHDOWN TIGERS! Lawrence with a TD on a 7 yd QB keeper!
Clemson 7 NCST 0
- Tee Higgins was injured on the scoring play. Had the back of his leg rolled up on and is in trainers tent currently. Was able to walk off unassisted
- Higgins now out of the tent and looks to be ok
- Tigers force a 3 & out on first NCST possession
- Clemson on the move again on their second possession, already down to NCST 32
- TOUCHDOWN TIGERS!!! Lawrence to Tee for 33 yards!!
- As expected, this team came out wanting to make a statement. Trevor Lawrence is some kind of dialed in. As accurate as he has been while at Clemson
Clemson 14 NCST 0
- Pack fumble! Tigers recover! Chad Smith recovers and returns it to NCST 2 yard line, 1st and Goal!
- TOUCHDOWN TIGERS!! 4 yard shovel pass from Lawrence to Etienne!!
- Tigers have run 21 plays and NCST just 5 with 3.5 mins left in opening qtr
Clemson 21 NCST 0
- Pack QB Devin Leary drops ball, no one even touched him, Tigers recover at NCST 21
- TOUCHDOWN TIGERS!! 19 yd TD run from ETN
- Tigers break out a trick play for some reason the play before. ETN tried throwing it back to Lawrence and the pass was UGLY. Luckily it bounced right into Trevor’s hands, or that is a fumble. Why run a trick play up 21 against a very overmatched team?
Clemson 28 NCST 0
- End of 1st Quarter Total yards Clemson 210 NCST 14
- Tigers force a punt after NCST crossed midfield, take over at own 14
- Pack finally force a punt. Tigers had a big play on 2nd down but Tee Higgins drops his second pass tonight, his first two of the season.
- Pack were offsides, giving Tigers automatic 1st down
- Tigers eventually punt, Pack ball on own 29
- Tigers have it back already and are inside the Pack 10
- TOUCHDOWN TIGERS!! 2 yard TD run from John Simpson! Yes, you read that correctly, OL John Simpson. They ran out the “jumbo package” and lined up in the I formation with Nyles Pinckney as the FB and Simpson as the RB… AWESOME!
Clemson 35 NCST 0
- Clemson forces another 3 & out, take over at own 25 after the punt
- Tigers go for it on 4th and 4 and convert with under a minute left in half.
- TOUCHDOWN TIGERS!!! Lawrence throws one on a rope to Justyn Ross for a 33 yd TD!
Clemson 42 NCST 0
- Zonovan Knight breaks off a 41 yard run helping NCST drive into the red zone but they fumble and Xavier Thomas recovers. Tigers run one play and time expires in 1st half
Clemson 42 NCST 0 Halftime
- 1st half stats: Tigers with 21 1st downs, NCST just 4. Clemson with 403 total yards, NCST just 88. Tigers with 221 yards passing and 182 on the ground. Pack with just 26 rushing yards. and getting just 1.9 yards per carry. Total domination.
- Knight breaks off a 53 yard TD run on Pack’s opening drive of 2nd half
Clemson 42 NCST 7
- Etienne with an 8 yd TD run!! 11 play 75 yard drive. Tigers went for another 4th down (4th & 4) on this drive with Diondre Overton making a great play on the conversion
Clemson 49 NCST 7
- With about 4 mins to go in the 3rd, Clemson pulled most of the starters
- Early 4th qtr NCST adds a FG
Clemson 49 NCST 10