Davis fractured his left wrist on the first play of the second half, which ended up being a four-yard run.
He was taken to the locker room midway through the third quarter, when it was announced that he was not expected to return to the game. It was later revealed he had fractured his wrist.
Davis finished the night with 12 carries for career-high 143 yards and two touchdowns. That was the most by a Clemson player since Woody Dantzler ran for 154 yards four years ago to the day against N.C. State. Davis' amount was the most by a Tigers tailback since Travis Zachery went for 151 against Maryland in 2000.
He is expected to return Oct. 29, for the Georgia Tech game, he said.
Clemson offensive coordinator Rob Spence unveiled a new offensive alignment that had the folks at N.C. State looking for answers in the first half.
The formation took the tight end, which is normally lined up next to the tackle, and moved him on player over, so the space created equaled one player. Directly behind that open space, the H-back lined up, with a wide receiver on the same side split wide.
There were also two split backs in the backfield and quarterback Charlie Whitehurst lined up at both in the shotgun and under center. More times than not, every time the Tigers called a running play, big yardage was gained.
The formation helped Davis explode for 139 yards and two touchdowns on only 11 carries in the first half alone.
The formation wasn't used at all in the third quarter.
Reserve defensive end Brandon Cannon served his one-game suspension for his involvement in the fight against South Carolina last season for the N.C. State game.
Cannon is the first of the eight players to serve his one-game suspension. It's likely at least six of the remaining seven will sit out next week against Temple.
Clemson and N.C. State battled in the 25th annual Textile Bowl. The Tigers entered with a 16-8 advantage in the series since the game took on the Textile Bowl title in 1981.
Prior to Thursday night, the last time Clemson wore purple pants, it wasn't a good night. The Tigers last wore them last year at Texas A&M and at Maryland in 2003, both of which were losses. … The Tigers entered the game tied for second in the country for fewest penalties committed per game with 2.40. However, they had five in the first half. …
N.C. State was holding its opponents to a 21 percent conversion rate on third down. Clemson was 6-for-10 through three quarters. … When the large video screen showed Wolfpack coach Chuck Amato, what was left of the crowd booed extremely loud. … For the third time this year, Cole Chason had a punt blocked. … The Wolfpack have lost six straight home conference games.
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