NC State whipped Clemson 37-13 Saturday afternoon at Carter-Finley Stadium. The Pack took control of the game in the second quarter thanks to two Tiger turnovers scoring 27 points in the quarter and never looked back.
“(We are) obviously disappointed on the way we played, really embarrassed. Really, poor job of coaching, poor job of playin, everything involved and there’s no excuses. They wanted more than we did and it’s that simple. This is the game of football and you do the things that we did and most times your going to get beat, especailly with the team that grabs momentum and that’s what happened. They got the momentum and never gave it back,” said Swinney.
The Tigers played without freshman sensation Sammy Watkins. Martavis Bryant was injured in the first half and did not play in the second. Brandon Thomas and Landon Walker also went down with injuries.
For the third week in a row Clemson’s offense didn’t play at the same level as the first eight games of the season. The Tigers managed only 337 yards on offense while giving up 398 to NC State.
Tajh Boyd finished the day 21-34 with two interceptions. NC State held the Tigers to only 34 yards rushing for the game. DeAndre Hopkins played well for the Tigers catching five passes for 124 yards. Brandon Ford added five catches for 77 yards.
Clemson scored first on 24 yard field goal by Chandler Catanzaro with 6:50 remaining in the first quarter.
The Tigers held the 3-0 lead until NC State drove 61 yards on eight plays and scored on an 11-yard pass. On the next play from scrimmage Tajh Boyd was sacked for a six yard loss and fumbled the ball. It took State three plays to drive six yards and go up 14-3.
On the next possession Mike Bellamy fumbled the ball at the Clemson 18. The Clemson defense was able to hold the Pack to a field goal making the score 17-3.
Clemson went three and out on the next possession and NC State returned the punt to the Clemson 11. Two plays later NC State stretched the lead to 24-3.
On the final possession of the first half NC State drove the ball down to the Clemson 15 before hitting a field goal with 5 seconds remaining in the half.
The Tigers drove the ball down to the State 44 to open the second half but were stopped short on fourth and four. The Pack took the ball 59 yards and scored another field goal to stretch the lead to 30-3.
On the next possession Clemson drove the ball down to the NC State 15. With fourth and ten the Tigers hit a 32 yard field goal to cut the lead to 30-6.
The Pack responded with an 85 yard drive and scored the touchdown on a 43 yard pass.
Clemson would get their only touchdown with 1:22 remaining. Cole Stoudt came in for Tajh Boyd and hit Brandon Ford on a 50-yard play taking the ball to the NC State two. Mike Bellamy scored from two yards out to make the final score 37-13.
“We looked like an immature team out there tonight. That’s really it in a nutshell. It’s not anything more complicated than that. As I told our team, we’re a family and families hurt together, they celebrate together, they grow together. So, that’s what this team will do and we’ve got to refocus on our goals,” said Swinney.
The Tigers moved to 9-2 on the season and will travel to South Carolina for a 7:45 PM contest next Saturday to end the regular season.