Triple threat

RALEIGH, N.C. - C.J. Spiller's Heisman Trophy push continues to pick up momentum after he threw, ran and caught a touchdown in Saturday's 43-23 win over N.C. State.

Whether he's returning, rushing, receiving or throwing a touchdown, it doesn't matter to him.

"All of them are fun. As long as you get six points," Spiller said.

Even the threat of him touching the ball was enough for the Wolfpack to give the Tigers very favorable field position after kickoffs and punts. Michael Palmer said it's an aspect of Spiller's presence that not many people discuss.

"If they want to kick it short like that, we'll take on the 40 all day, if they're afraid to kick it to C.J.," Palmer said. "It's a huge advantage for our offense. Having to go 50 yards instead of 80 is a huge, huge difference."

The averaging start position for Clemson: their 40. N.C. State coach Tom O'Brien realized there's a catch-22 in not kicking to Spiller.

"It's a difficult situation to overcome. It's the price you have to pay when kicking to C.J. Spiller, who can get them great starting position," O'Brien said.

Once again, Spiller proved his worth with the ball in his hands, rushing 18 times for 97 yards, making three receptions for 48 yards and completing his only passing attempt for 17 yards.

On his touchdown pass to Xavier Dye, Spiller became the first player in school history to account for a touchdown five different ways in one season.

The spiral, he admitted, was far from perfect.

"I got a lot of grief on the sideline," Spiller said. "It was duck, but it got us six points."

Coach Dabo Swinney, who could probably make a case to be Spiller's biggest fan, called the performance "another ho-hum day."

"The guy just shows up every week," Swinney said. "Everybody knows he's getting the ball and he just continues to play good football."

In all of the seven wins and three losses this season, Spiller has scored a touchdown.

He believes Clemson could "easily" be undefeated--all three of the Tiger's losses are by a total of 10 points.

Losing in College Park to Maryland may have been a blessing in disguise.

"It helped us mature and focus on executing," he said. "We're just playing for each other and not worrying about what the outside people are saying about our team."

The 16-yard touchdown run pushed him over Derrick Hamilton's 1,883 all-purpose yards for a single-season. Spiller now has 1,952 all-purpose yards this season. Top Stories