Bowden's Sunday Teleconference

Clemson head coach Tommy Bowden met with the media Sunday afternoon to disuss the upcoming Georgia Tech game and also review Saturday's win over N.C. State.

REVIEW OF N.C. STATE: After putting up over 600 yards of total offense, head coach Tommy Bowden still found areas of his team that need improvement after watching the game on film.

In particular, the eight penalties which cost the Tigers 65 yards.

"Anytime you rush for 300+ yards it's a pretty productive day," he said. "N.C. State was a little banged up inside. Pressley even played a good bit and I thought they ruled him out.

"But we had eight penalties. Penalties really killed us. We could have put their lights out down the stretch."

EYE ON GEORGIA TECH: After suffering their second consecutive setback Saturday in a 28-23 loss at Virginia, Georgia Tech also appears to be bitten by the injury bug as well.

RB Tashard Choice, who led the ACC in rushing in 2006, played just two possessions before taking himself out of the game with a hamstring injury. In addition, starting fullback Mike Cox and wide receiver James Johnson missed significant time with undisclosed injuries and safety D'Jay Jones only played in the first half before missing the rest of the game.

Starting right tackle Jacob Lonowski also didn't play and preseason All-ACC candidate LB Phillip Wheeler was also injured.

Clemson defeated Georgia Tech 31-7 last season.

Bowden was asked Sunday if he thought the Yellow Jackets would play the revenge card this week in practice after last year's drubbing on the national television.

"If you base on the fact they lost last year they will," he said. "They are looking to play better than they have the last couple of weeks. We are looking to play better than we have the last couple of weeks."

The Yellow Jackets beat Clemson 10-9 in Atlanta in 2005.

The Yellow Jackets were ranked No. 15 in the country before losing to Boston College 24-10 at home last weekend.

Tech is now 2-2 and 0-2 in conference play.

QUICK HITS: Clemson is now ranked 13th in the USA Today/Coaches poll as well as the Associate Press poll. ... When asked if he felt like his team was a contender to win the ACC this season, Bowden said, "We contended the last two years but only got a bunch of headaches. We contended last year."

QUOTE TO NOTE: "Yeah I tell you what, I have to be careful what I say. But after watching the film I'll be sending that in. I'm not going to ellaborate. I'm disappointed." -- Tommy Bowden on the personal foul call on James Davis that negated a touchdown Saturday.

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