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Late TD pass gives Tigers halftime lead

Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson found Mike Williams in the end zone from 13 yards out with 10 seconds left to give the third-ranked Tigers a 10-3 halftime lead over NC State.

Watson was 8-for-9 on the drive for 84 yards, including a 16-yard pass to Ray Ray McCloud on fourth-and-14 from the State 34. Two plays later, after a Clemson timeout, he spotted Williams in the end zone for the touchdown.

The Wolfpack tied the game at 3-3 with a 28-yard Kyle Bambard field goal with 2:03 to play in the half. State drove the ball 88 yards after taking over at the Clemson one-yard line. It had held Clemson on a fourth-and-goal from the one-yard line when Watson was stopped for no gain on a quarterback keeper.

NC State’s offense piled up 275 yards in the first half as quarterback Ryan Finely completed 14 of 25 passes for 187 yards. State was 4-for-9 on third downs in the opening 30 minutes.

The Wolfpack missed a field goal on its opening drive and an interception stopped another possible scoring drive. State was penalized nine times for 86 yards.

Clemson had 240 yards as Watson completed 18 of 25 passes for 173 yards. The Tigers rushed for just 67 yards on 18 carries. However, they did it without the services of Wayne Gallman who left the game with an injury on the opening drive of the game.

The Tigers did get a 25-yard Greg Huegel field goal with 1:17 to play in the first quarter that made the score 3-0 at the time.

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