NOTES: N.C. State at Clemson

Notes for Saturday afternoon's game between the Tigers and the Wolfpack.

•Overall, Clemson has a 53-28-1 lead in the series against NC State, including a 23-11 lead in games at Clemson, a 20-11 lead in games in Death Valley. Clemson has a 19-16 lead in Raleigh and a 14-9 lead in games played at Carter Finley Stadium.

•Clemson has won the last two games of the series and nine of the last 10. Clemson has won the last five games in Memorial Stadium, but all five have been decided by 14 points or less. That includes a 62-48 Clemson win in 2012, the last time the two teams met at Clemson.

*The series dates to 1899 when Clemson was victorious 24-0 in a game played in Rock Hill, SC. That was just the fourth year of Clemson football and the 16th game in the school’s history.

• Nine of the last 17 games have been decided by eight points or less, including 2010 when Clemson won 14-13 in Death Valley against the Pack and quarterback Russell Wilson.

*Clemson had won seven straight games in the series, before 2011 and that was the longest winning streak by the Tigers in the history of the series. NC State’s longest winning streak in the series is six (1971-76). NC State upset a seventh ranked Clemson team in Raleigh, 37-13 in 2011.

•Clemson has won 20 consecutive games against unranked teams since NC State beat the Tigers in Raleigh in 2011 by a 37-13 score.

•Ten years ago in a game at Clemson the Tigers won on the last play of the game when Charles Bennett made an interception at the goal line. The 2006 game was a 20-14 Clemson win. NC State drove to the Clemson 30-yard-line before freshman Ricky Sapp recorded a sack on the last play.

•NC State was Clemson’s nemesis team from 1986-88. The Tigers won the ACC Championship each year under Danny Ford, but never beat the Pack in the process, losing all three seasons. It was the only loss for Clemson in the ACC in each of those years.

•The 2008 Clemson victory over NC State proved to be Tommy Bowden’s last win over an ACC team in his Clemson career. •Clemson has 53 wins in the series, the third most victories for the Tigers over a school. Clemson has beaten South Carolina the most with 65 wins (65-41-4), followed by Wake Forest (61-17-1). NC State is next at 53-28-1.

•The 2012 game was the highest scoring in the history of the series, in fact Clemson’s highest scoring game in ACC play in terms of combined points. The Tigers won 62-48 behind eight touchdowns (five passing and three rushing) by Tajh Boyd. That established an ACC record for touchdown responsibility in a game. The previous high mark was 106 in an 82-24 Clemson victory in 1981.

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Six Sophomores and Freshmen Score Touchdowns
Everyone knew Clemson would have a different look when it came to the wide receiver position this year with Sammy Watkins and Martavis Bryant both moving on to the NFL. The young Clemson receivers have done very well and that was especially the case against North Carolina.

Clemson scored six touchdowns in the 50-35 win and all six were scored on receptions by freshmen and sophomores. The group combined for 20 receptions for 363 yards and six scores. That is an average of 18.2 yards per catch.

Sophomore Germone Hopper had three catches for 139 yards, including a 74-yard touchdown and a 50-yard touchdown catch. It was the second game in his career he has had two touchdown catches. Sophomore Mike Williams added six catches for 122 yards and two scores. It was the eighth time in history that Clemson had two 100-yard receivers in the same game.

Freshman Artavis Scott had a team best eight catches for 66 yards and a score, while sophomore Jordan Leggett had just one catch, but it went for a touchdown.

For the season, freshmen and sophomores have a combined 65 receptions for 1,136 yards and nine touchdowns. That represents 65 percent of the receptions, 80.4 percent of the yardage and 82 percent of the touchdown receptions. The young group is averaging 17.5 yards per catch.

Clemson Finally Scores Exactly 50 Points
Clemson had never scored exactly 50 points in a game prior to last Saturday night when the Tigers defeated North Carolina 50-35 at Memorial Stadium. The 50th point was scored by Ammon Lakip after a touchdown reception by Jordan Leggett with 5:56 left.

Now the only point totals Clemson has never scored that is under 60 points are one and four. Obviously each number is fairly difficult to finish a game with. Clemson did score just two points in a game against Georgia Tech in 1933 and had five points in 1912 against Georgia. Clemson has two safeties so far this year, but not in the same game.

Clemson has now scored 50 or more points in a game 65 times, including 12 times in the last four years, or since Chad Morris became Clemson’s offensive coordinator. Last year the Tigers had five games in which they scored at least 50 points, the most in one season in school history. That included a streak of three games in a row with at least 50 in consecutive wins over Virginia, Georgia Tech and The Citadel. Clemson has now scored at least 50 points in two games this year and five of the last nine games over two years.

N.C. State Update
NC State comes in with a 4-1 record. The Pack is coming off a 56-41 loss at home to number-one ranked Florida State. It is the second straight week Clemson has played a team coming off a game in which it scored 41 points, and lost.

Last week was the first time NC State had the number-one ranked team in the nation in their home stadium and they got off to a 24-7 lead in the first period. The lead was still at 38-28 in the third period before the Seminoles rallied.

While Clemson has gotten terrific quarterback play from a new player this year in Deshaun Watson, NC State has had a new quarterback who has been outstanding in Jacoby Brissett. The 6-4 junior signal caller, who is 234 pounds, has completed 69 percent of his passes for 1364 yards and 13 touchdowns in five games. He has also picked up 154 yards rushing and a touchdown in the five games, so the Clemson defense will have to play at its best to contain the transfer from the University of Florida.

Brissett completed 32-48 passes for 359 yards and three scores against Florida State. He did not throw an interception in his top game of the year. Brissett and Clemson’s Watson were named Co Offensive Back of the Week by the ACC for their performances on September 27.

Brissett’s favorite target so far this season has been Bo Hines, a freshman from Charlotte who has 24 catches for 312 yards and a touchdown. He had a team best eight receptions for 103 yards and a touchdown against Florida State last week. Matt Dayes is a sophomore from Florida who has 18 receptions for 220 yards and a team best four receptions.

NC State has been very effective on the ground with an average of 231 yards per game. The Pack had a streak of at least 200 yards rushing in three straight games, a first for the program since 1994. They have four players with at least 150 yards on the ground, led by Shadrach Thornton, who has already scored seven rushing touchdowns and has 368 yards. Dayes has 270 yards rushing and a 7.1 average, so he is second on the team in rushing and receiving.

NC State’s defense is led by Jerod Fernandez, who has 39 tackles in the five games, while Hakim Jones has 38. Defensive end Art Norman is a senior from Stone Mountain, Ga who has 16.5 career sacks, among the 10 totals in the nation among active FBS players. Both NC State starting defenders were recruited to the Pack program by current Clemson defensive backs coach Mike Reed.

Watson Leads Nation in Yards/Attempt
Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson leads the nation in yards per pass attempt with an 11.87 figure. He is one of just three players nationally to average over 11 yards per pass attempt. The others are Marcus Mariota of Oregon (11.82) and Blake Sims of Alabama (11.25). It is interesting to note that Watson succeeded Sims as the quarterback at Gainesville High School in Gainesville, Ga.

It is very early in the season, but Watson is ahead of the ACC record for a season in this category. Jameis Winston of Florida State set the league mark last year as a freshman when he averaged 10.46 yards per pass attempt. The Clemson record is 9.32 yards per attempt by Tajh Boyd last year.

This has been an important statistic in recent years. Cam Newton of Auburn led the nation in this category in 2010, Robert Griffin of Baylor led in 2011 and Jameis Winston led in the category in 2013. All three won the Heisman Trophy. Aaron Murray led in the category in 2012.

Tigers Have Allowed just 104 rushing Yards Last Three Games
Clemson has allowed just 104 total rushing yards over the last three games. That is the fewest rushing yards allowed over a three-game period since the 1991 season when the last three opponents of the regular season combined for just 72 rushing yards. That 1991 Clemson defense finished the year first in the nation in rushing defense. That Clemson defense featured Levon Kirkland, Ed McDaniel, Brentson Buckner, Chester McGlockton and All-American Rob Bodine.

Clemson has had one bad quarter in terms of rushing defense or the Tigers would be near the top nationally in that category. Georgia had 212 rushing yards in the fourth quarter against the Tigers behind Todd Gurley. Clemson has played 16 quarters this year and allowed 432 net yards rushing, 212 on one quarter and 220 in the other 15 combined.

Clemson Has won 20 in Row by Double Digits over Unranked Teams Clemson has won 20 straight games against unranked teams by double digits. That is the second longest streak in the nation, trailing only Alabama in games in that category. The last time Clemson lost to an unranked team was at NC State in 2011 by a 37-13 score. The closest an unranked team has come to defeating the Tigers since then has been Boston College in 2013. The Tigers beat the Eagles by a 24-14 score last year. N.C. State lost to Clemson by 26-14 last year and that is the second closest an unranked team has come to beating Clemson since 2011.

Clemson has actually won 30 consecutive games (not all by double digits) at home against unranked teams and Dabo Swinney is 30-1 in his career at home against unranked foes. His only loss was in his first game, a 21-17 loss to Georgia Tech on October 18, 2008.

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