All-everything wide receiver Sammy Watkins put on a show during pre-game warm-ups, snagging several one-handed catches. But he and his injured right shoulder never appeared on the field after kickoff.
The news didn't get any better for the orange-clad faithful at Carter-Finley Stadium. After Chandler Catanzaro's 24-yard field goal gave the Tigers a 3-0 lead with 6:50 to play in the first quarter, there was little for the Tiger faithful to cheer for on Saturday.
N.C. State scored 30 unanswered points.
Tajh Boyd spent most of the night running for his life.
Turnovers are still an issue.
Landon Walker [hamstring] and Brandon Thomas [knee] went down with injuries. So did Martavis Bryant [neck].
"It was a really, really poor job of coaching, a poor job playing -- everything involved," head coach Dabo Swinney said. "No excuses. No excuses. They wanted it more than we did. It's that simple."
Four more turnovers...
"We know what we can do. We know what we can't do and that's turn the ball over." - Brandon Ford
"It's a hard situation to deal with. I've just got to get back in the film room and work as hard as I can to correct it." - Boyd
"It took the air out of us every time we did it." - Walker
Looking for the swagger on offense...
"We've just got to find it. Honestly, it's to the point where we've got to look internally." -Boyd
"I would never doubt my team no matter who we're playing, whether it was LSU or Alabama, no matter how bad we played." - Ford
"I think we all have to do some soul-searching and put ourselves in the mindset where we were the first eight games." - Walker
"When this offense gets rolling, we can take any team for a ride and show them what we can do." - Ford
Injuries up front...
"You can't develop any continuity. With Phil [Price] getting hurt last week, it kind of hurt. We're used to the same guys every week...at the end of the game, we had two out of five in there that started off the season." - Walker
"We've got capable guys. We've got a lot of guys that went out there and had good work today." - Boyd
Bouncing back for Carolina...
"We've got our team goals established. We've got goal three coming up this week -- the State Championship. That's the main focus. We've just got to keep working." - Boyd
"I think, the biggest thing we have to do is put this one behind us. It was embarrassing, but we've got to move on. When you harp on a game like this, it can only hurt you. We've got to put N.C. State behind us and focus on South Carolina." - Walker
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