By Trey McCurry.
Clemson travels to Raleigh Saturday afternoon as they Tigers look for win No. 10 on the season.
How do the two Atlantic division foes matchup? TCI breaks down the game By the Numbers.
Clemson 2011 Rankings NC State
Avg. Rank Rank Avg.
37.30 (14) Scoring Offense (83) 24.30
170.50 (46) Rushing Offense (111) 102.00
307.60 (12) Passing Offense (64) 229.70
478.10 (14) Total Offense (100) 331.70
25.90 (59) Scoring Defense (51) 24.30
188.30 (90) Rushing Defense (48) 135.60
190.10 (20) Passing Defense (54) 216.50
378.40 (59) Total Defense (39) 352.10
0.40 (T35) Turnover Margin (9) 0.90
2nd – Clemson became the second fastest team to clinch a berth in the ACC Championship game with its win over Wake Forest on November 10 (Florida State clinched in 2005 on October 29).
3 – Number of times that the Tigers have wiped out a deficit of 14 or more points to win; Clemson had done that only nine times in their history before 2011.
4 – Straight games Clemson will play away from Death Valley to close the season, the first time since 1979 that has happened. Since the Tigers are scheduled to open next season in Atlanta against Auburn, they will actually play five straight away from home for the first time since 1964.
7 – Number of consecutive wins by the Tigers over NC State, the longest by either side in a series that dates back to 1899 and will be played for the 41st straight season this weekend.
8 – Clemson will be looking to reach the 10-win mark for the eighth time in school history against the Wolfpack. The Tigers have not won 10 games in a season since 1990, have not won 10 regular season games since 1981, and have won a bowl game every year it has won at least 10 games.
10 – Interceptions for Wolfpack CB David Amerson in 2011, one short of the ACC record.
16 – Rank, in ACC history, of NC State’s T.J. Graham in all-purpose yards (4,777). Graham also ranks second in ACC history in career kickoff return yards (2,955) and is 29 yards away from setting the record.
27 – Number of TD passes this season for Clemson QB Tajh Boyd, tying the school record.
68 – Clemson WR Sammy Watkins shattered three ACC freshman receiving records on a single play at Georgia Tech. With a minimum of four games remaining, Watkins already has 68 catches for 1,034 yards and 10 TDs, all ACC standards for freshman.