Ranking Dabo's wins: 19

A stout Clemson defense shutdown Russell Wilson and No. 23 N.C. State during an early November 2010 showdown in Death Valley.

19.) Nov. 6, 2010


Clemson 14 N.C. State 13

What happened
Clemson stymied the N.C. State offense, which averaged 455.8 yards coming into the game, to just 275 yards of production.

Wilson completed 22 of 36 passes for 212 yards and had a team-high 29 yards rushing. He was sacked four times, two of which were recorded by Da'Quan Bowers.


Kyle Parker threw for 214 yards and a touchdown.
But the Tigers gave the visiting Wolfpack plenty of opportunities to escape Death Valley with a win. Clemson committed three turnovers, missed a pair of field goals and committed seven penalties for 77 yards.

Leading with less than three minutes to play, the Clemson win was almost squandered with a punt snap that came within inches of sailing past Dawson Zimmerman.

Fortunately, for the Tigers, they had just enough offense.

Kyle Parker completed 20 of 29 throws for 214 yards with a touchdown and an interception.

His touchdown pass was caught by DeAndre Hopkins, who hauled in five receptions for 80 yards.

Jamie Harper had a game-high 60 yards rushing with a touchdown.

The stakes
A loss to N.C. State would have given Clemson a 4-5 record before the following week's trip to Florida State.

Coming off a disappointing road loss to Boston College just seven days prior to the N.C. State game, Clemson could have been starring at would could have been a three-game losing streak -- not a good way to close conference play.

Before and After
A 2-3 start to the season placed Dabo Swinney on the hot seat, but wins over Maryland and Georgia Tech helped right the ship.

Clemson split the final two conference games of the season and finished with a 29-7 loss to South Carolina.


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