Clemson vs. N.C. State Series Notes
• Overall, Clemson has a 47-27-1 lead in the
series against N.C. State, including a 16-15 lead
in games in Raleigh and a 11-8 lead in games
played at Carter-Finley Stadium. Clemson holds
a 20-11 record in games played at Clemson,
including a 17-11 mark at Death Valley.
• 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
• Eight of the last 10 games have been
decided by eight points or less, including two
of the last three. The 2004 game at Clemson
was decided on the last play of the game when
Charles Bennett made an interception at the goal
line. Last year's game was a 20-14 Clemson win
and NC State drove to the Clemson 30-yard-line
before freshman Ricky Sapp recorded a sack on
the last play.
• Each team has one win by 20 points
or more over the last 10 years and both of those
games were on Thursday night. So every day
game between the two teams the last 10 years
has been decided by eight points or less. NC
State won at Clemson on a Thursday night in
2002 by a 38-6 score, and Clemson won in 2005
on a Thursday night, 31-10.
• N.C. State's last win in the series took
place on a Thursday night in Raleigh in 2003,
a 17-15 Pack win. Philip Rivers led the Pack
to the victory in a battle of San Diego Chargers
quarterbacks. Clemson's QB that night was
Charlie Whitehurst who now backs up Rivers in
• N.C. 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.
• Tommy Bowden is 5-3 against NC State
since he has been at Clemson. That includes a
2-2 record in Raleigh and a 3-1 ledger at Clemson.
Clemson's wins under Bowden in Raleigh
took place in 2001 and 2005.
• In recent years the two teams have won
in two-game sets. Clemson won in 1996 and
1997. NC State followed with victories in 1998
and 1999, then Clemson won in 2000 and 2001
behind Woody Dantzler who rushed for at least
100 yards from the quarterback position in each
game. NC State won in 2002 and 2003 behind
Phillip Rivers, while Clemson won in 2004 and
2005. Clemson then broke the streak last year
by also winning, extending the streak to three
• Clemson's longest winning streak in the
series is five games (1981-85), while NC State's
longest winning streak in the series is six (1971-
Clemson Looks for Fourth Straight Win over
Clemson will be looking for its fourth
straight victory over NC State. The streak
started with a 26-20 victory at Clemson in 2004
on a last second interception by Charles Bennett.
The Tigers won the 2005 game at NC State
on a Thursday night ESPN game by a 31-10
score thanks to a 143-yard rushing night by then
freshman James Davis. Clemson won its third
straight over the Pack last year, a 20-14 victory
at Clemson behind a 154-yard rushing game by
freshman C.J. Spiller.
Clemson has not beaten NC State four
years in a row since winning five in a row from
1981-85. The current Clemson senior class is
trying to become just the fifth Tiger senior class
to sweep NC State four straight times in school
history. Clemson senior classes who have been
4-0 against NC State include the seniors on the
1931 team, the 1951 team, the 1984 team and
the 1985 team. Clemson has had other four-
game winning streaks against the Pack, but they
did not come in consecutive years.
If Clemson gains victory over NC State
it would be the first time Clemson has swept an
ACC opponent four straight years since the Tigers
swept Duke five straight between 1999-03.
Clemson also had a four-year, four-game streak
over Wake Forest from 1999-02 under Bowden.
The Clemson record for consecutive wins over
an ACC rival is 29. Clemson won the first 29
meetings in its series with Virginia between
The last time Clemson won four
straight over any opponent in consecutive years
is the 2002-05 stretch when it won four straight
over rival South Carolina.
Clemson 0-2 vs. Tom O'Brien
While Clemson has won three straight
games against NC State, the Tigers are 0-2
against Tom O'Brien, the Pack's head coach.
When O'Brien was the head coach at Boston
College, his Eagles defeated the Tigers twice,
both in overtime. In 2005, Boston College
downed Clemson at Death Valley,16-13 in one
overtime and in 2006 his Eagles stopped the
Tigers, 34-33, in double overtime in Boston.
O'Brien will be the fifth person to
coach against Clemson as the head coach of
two different ACC teams. The others to do it are
Bill Dooley (North Carolina and Wake Forest), Al
Groh (Wake Forest and Virginia), Bobby Ross
(Maryland and Georgia Tech), and Jim Tatum
(Maryland and North Carolina).
NC State defensive coordinator Mike
Archer also had success against Clemson last
year. He was the Kentucky defensive coordinator
in the Wildcats 28-20 win over Clemson in
last year's Music City Bowl.
Recent Clemson vs. NC State Games
1997-- In Raleigh, Matt Padgett,
who went on to a professional baseball career,
booted a 20-yard field goal with just 19 seconds
left to give Clemson a 19-17 victory over 25th
ranked NC State. The Tigers drove 78 yards in
14 plays to set up the winning score. Nealon
Greene hit 20-32 passes for 250 yards and Tony
Horne caught eight passes for 112 to key the
1998-- at Clemson, Tory Holt completed
an incredible day with a nine-yard scoring
pass from Jamie Barnette with just 37 seconds
left. It was his fourth touchdown reception of the
day. He had 225 yards receiving in that game
and he is the only Clemson opponent to catch
four scoring passes in the same game.
1999-- NC State, behind then Head
Coach Mike O'Cain, defeated Clemson 35-31
in an exciting contest in Raleigh that featured
35 first-quarter points between the two teams
combined, most combined points ever in the first
period of a Clemson game in history. Clemson
had five possessions in the fourth period with a
chance to take the lead, but could not drive for a
2000—This game was a thriller that
came down to the last possession before the
Tigers came away with a 34-27 victory. Woody
Dantzler completed 18-30 passes for 220 yards
and also rushed for 103 yards and two touchdowns.
Rod Gardner had 10 catches for 137
yards (most reception yards ever by a Clemson
player against NC State), while Travis Zachery
added 31-147 and two scores.
2001-- Dantzler gained 517 yards of total
offense, an all-time Clemson record. He had a
career best 23-27 passes for 333 yards and four
scores, and also rushed for 184 yards and two
touchdowns. It was arguably the best individual
performance in Clemson history as he accounted
for an ACC record six touchdowns (four pass,
two rush). Still, it was a 45-37 outcome, as
Phillip Rivers had another outstanding passing
game for NC State.
2002—T.A. McClendon had a breakout
game with 178 yards rushing to lead NC
State to a 38-6 victory in a Thursday night game
in Death Valley. Clemson's only touchdown
came on a kickoff return by then freshman Justin
Miller. It was his first career kickoff return.
2003-- Phillip Rivers evened his career
record against Clemson at 2-2 with a 213-yard
passing performance, leading the Pack to a
17-15 victory in Raleigh in a game shown on
ESPN on a Thursday evening. Clemson cut
the deficit to 17-15 with five minutes left, but the
Tigers could not get close enough for a winning
field goal. NC State got the ball back with 3:54
left and ran out the clock. The game was a
matchup of future San Diego Chargers quarterbacks.
Clemson's QB that night was Charlie
2004-- Clemson won 26-20 when
Charles Bennett intercepted a pass at the Clemson
goal line on the last play to preserve the
victory. It was the seventh time in the last eight
meetings that the game was decided by eight
points or less.
2005-- Even though he played just
over two quarters, freshman James Davis gained
143 yards rushing in just 12 attempts to lead
Clemson to a 31-10 victory, Clemson's largest
margin of victory in the series since a 40-17 win
in 1996. It remains Clemson's only victory on a
Thursday evening ESPN game.
2006-- Jad Dean kicked a pair of
fourth quarter field goals to lead Clemson to a
six-point win. C.J. Spiller had a career high 154
yards rushing, including a 52-yard scoring run for
the Tigers. Toney Baker had 174 yards rushing
for NC State.
Last Year vs. NC State
Clemson 20, NC State 14
Jad Dean kicked two fourth-quarter field
goals to provide the difference in Clemson's 20-14
victory over N.C. State at Memorial Stadium on
November 11. Clemson held a 14-0 lead early in
the third quarter, but the Wolfpack tied the score
before Dean's two field goals gave the Tigers the
Clemson out-gained N.C. State 369-
273 despite totaling seven less plays. The Tigers
rushed for 223 yards. Clemson also totaled 146
yards passing, while holding N.C. State to just 95
yards through the air.
C.J. Spiller rushed for 154 yards on
18 carries and added a 52-yard touchdown run.
Spiller's rushing total was the most by a Tiger freshman
in 16 years. Will Proctor was 15-24 for 146
yards with a score and two interceptions. Chansi
Stuckey added five catches for 72 yards.
Toney Baker rushed for 174 yards on
34 carries and a touchdown. However, Clemson
contained quarterback Daniel Evans, who was just
10-24 for 95 yards and two interceptions.
The Tigers scored the game's first points
midway through the second quarter. After starting
the drive at its own seven, Clemson marched 93
yards on seven plays. Spiller carried four times
for 30 yards to move the ball near midfield.
on third-and-one, he took a toss-sweep and outran
the Wolfpack secondary for a 52-yard touchdown
N.C. State came right back and threatened.
Baker's 20-yard run moved the ball to the
Clemson 16, then he ran five yards on third down
to give N.C. State first-and-goal at the Tiger three.
A run by Baker and two carries by Andre Brown
moved the ball to the one. On Brown's third-down
carry, he appeared to have the corner, but Chris
Clemons pushed Brown out-of-bounds just shy of
the goal line.
N.C. State went for it on fourth down, and
Clemson appeared to have stopped the Wolfpack
short of the goal line, but an offsides penalty gave
N.C. State another chance. This time, Evans tried
to sneak up the middle, but Clemson's surge kept
him out of the endzone again.
Jacoby Ford atoned for his previous
fumble on the opening kickoff of the second half.
He bounced off his teammate and sprinted 77
yards to the Wolfpack 14. Two plays later, Proctor
connected with Tyler Grisham for a nine-yard
touchdown pass over the middle, giving Clemson
a 14-0 lead.
But N.C. State answered right back on
its next drive. The Wolfpack drove 78 yards in 14 plays to cut Clemson's lead in half. Evans found Baker for a 21-yard gain on
a screen pass, giving the Wolfpack first-and-goal at the eight. Three plays
moved the ball to the one, and once again, N.C. State elected to go for it on
fourth down. This time, Baker plowed his way to paydirt off right tackle.
Two plays later, disaster struck for the Tigers. Proctor tried to
complete a pass to Stuckey behind the line of scrimmage. But Willie Young
anticipated the throw, intercepted the pass, and raced 34 yards for the game-
But after a 16-play, 78-yard drive that took 7:28 off the clock,
Clemson regained the lead. Proctor came through with two clutch third-down
completions. But a costly holding penalty helped stall the drive, and Dean
came on to make a 26-yard field goal on the first play of the fourth quarter.
On its next two drives, N.C. State had good field position, but both
times Clemson's defense forced a punt. Then, Nick Watkins came up with
an interception on a tipped pass to give Clemson possession at the Wolfpack
Four plays netted only two yards, as the Tigers again were hurt by
a penalty. Dean made a 31-yard field goal to extend the lead to six points
with 1:10 remaining in the game.
John Kane returned the kickoff to the N.C. State 43. Two plays later,
Evans hit Dunlap for an 18-yard gain to move the ball to the Tiger 38. After
spiking the ball, Evans scrambled right and lofted a pass to Lamart Barrett,
who came down with the ball. But his foot landed inches out-of-bounds in
the endzone with Clemons defending on the play.
Then, facing a fourth-and-two from the Clemson 30, Ricky Sapp
sacked Evans to secure Clemson's six-point victory.
Davis and Spiller Both have Had 140-yard Games vs. NC State
Clemson has two running backs who have had one of their best
career games against NC State. Two years ago, James Davis had 143
yards rushing 12 attempts in a 31-10 win over the Pack. It is tied for his
fourth best rushing day as a Tiger, his third best day in terms of yards per
attempt. He reached that total in just two quarters, then suffered a broken
wrist on his first carry in the third period and did not return to the game.
Last year, C.J. Spiller had 154 yards rushing on 18 attempts and
scored a touchdown on a 52-yard run to lead the Tigers to victory. The 154
yards are the second best total of his Clemson career. His career high is
155 against South Carolina last year. Spiller averaged 8.6 yards per rush
against NC State last year.
Tigers Open 3-0
Clemson has jumped out to a 3-0 start, one of 28 teams that
stand 3-0 entering this weekend. Clemson and Boston College are the
only undefeated teams left in the ACC.
This is the first time Clemson has been 3-0 to start a season
since 2000 when Clemson started 8-0, and it is just the second 3-0 start for
the program since 1991. This is Clemson's second 3-0 start under Tommy
Bowden. Overall it is the 21st season in the history of the program that
Clemson has opened 3-0, just the sixth since 1960.
Clemson - N.C. State Game Notes
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