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Clemson vs. N.C. State Postgame Notes

Nov. 6, 2010

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Team Notes * Clemson’s 14-13 victory today was the first win by one point for the Tigers since 2005 when Clemson defeated Texas A&M at Clemson by a 25-24 score. It was just the sixth Clemson win by one point since 1987. Clemson had lost its last three games decided by one point.

* Clemson’s defense has now given up just 49 points the last four games, an average of 12.3 points per game. Clemson has given up just 26 total points in the second half of the last six games.

* Clemson now holds a 51-27-1 advantage over N.C. State all-time and has now won seven in a row in the series. It is the series record for consecutive wins. Clemson and NC State both had six game win streaks in the series previously. It is Clemson’s longest winning streak against an ACC team since the Tigers won eight in a row over Maryland from 1993-2000.

* Clemson had allowed just the six sacks all season and came into the game ranked first in the ACC and 11th in the nation in sacks allowed. The Tigers allowed three sacks on three consecutive plays between the end of the second quarter and start of the third quarter. NC State finished the game with three and Clemson has now allowed nine sacks in nine games this year.

* Clemson has now scored at least double figures in points 30 consecutive games, or every game of the Danny Ford.

* Clemson won today’s game even though it scored just 14 points. That is the fewest points in a Clemson victory since a 13-9 win at South Carolina in 2005.

* Clemson defeated a top 25 NC State team today. The Pack was 23rd by AP and 25th by USA Today coming into today’s game. It is Clemson’s first win over a top 25 team since the Tigers defeated an eighth ranked Miami team in overtime (40-37) last year in Miami.

* Clemson won a game after it trailed going into the fourth period. It is the first time Clemson has done that since last year’s Florida State game when the Tigers trailed 24-21 going into the fourth period, then won 40-24.

* Clemson overcame a 10-point deficit to win today (10-0 in third period). It is the first time Clemson has overcome a 10-point deficit since that same Florida State game. The Tigers trailed 17-7 in the second period of that game last year at Death Valley.

* Clemson’s defense held N.C. State, the ACC leader in total offense and passing offense, to just 275 yards of total offense and 212 passing yards in today’s game. N.C. State was averaging 438.6 yards of total offense per game and 295.8 passing yards per game entering today’s game. NC State came into the game averaging 35 points per game, second best in the ACC.

* Clemson’s defense held NC State to a season low 63 yards rushing and a season low one touchdown. N.C State had scored at least three touchdowns in every game prior to today. The 275 yards of total offense by the Pack today was the second fewest in a game this year. The only defensive effort that is better took place against Central Florida when NC State had just 239 yards.

* Clemson’s defense also held N.C. State quarterback Russell Wilson to 241 yards of total offense. Wilson entered today’s game averaging 321.4 yards of total offense per game, which led the ACC and ranked fourth in the country.

* Clemson had 190 yards of total offense in the first half and scored no points. The Tigers then had 70 yards of total offense in the second half and scored 14 points.

* Clemson’s defense recorded four sacks in today’s game, the second highest total this season. The Tigers recorded six sacks in the opening game of the season against North Texas. The Tigers also recorded 10 tackles for loss in today’s game.

* Dabo Swinney improves to 8-2 in the month of November as Clemson’s head coach and he is now 13-3 in his career at home.

* Clemson is now 23-8 in the month of November since 2002.

Individual Notes * DeAndre McDaniel intercepted his fourth pass of the season in the second quarter to prevent an N.C. State touchdown. He is now tied for second in Clemson history with Fred Knoebel in career interceptions with 15. He also recorded three tackles in today’s game. Terry Kinard has the Clemson record with 17 (1978-82).

* Da’Quan Bowers, the nation’s leader in sacks, recorded two sacks in today’s game. He is now tied for second place in Clemson history for sacks in a season with Gaines Adams, who also wore #93 and recorded 12.5 sacks in 2006. Bowers finished today’s game with four tackles, including his two sacks and two tackles for loss to give him 20 tackles for loss on the season. Bowers is the first Clemson player to record 20 tackles for loss in a season since 2004 when LeRoy Hill had 27. Bowers is the first Clemson defensive lineman to record 20 tackles for loss in a season since 1996 when Trevor Pryce had 20 for 101 lost yards.

* Jarvis Jenkins blocked his second kick of the season and the fourth of his career in the second quarter on a 30-yard field goal attempt by Josh Czajkowksi. He also recorded four tackles, including a half of a tackle for loss. Jenkiins became Clemson’s career leader in blocked kicks with the block today. He had been tied for the record with Leomont Evans, Brian Dawkins and Mitch Belton.

* Kyle Parker in the third quarter. He also recorded the longest reception of his career on a 33-yard pass from Kyle Parker in the first quarter.

* Corico Hawkins led the Tiger defense today with 9 tackles, including a half of a tackle for loss and a fumble recovery. That was the first fumble recover for the Clemson defense since the Presbyterian game, the second game of the year.

* Kyle Parker recorded his 29th career touchdown pass with a 12-yard pass to Hopkins in the third quarter to move into 5th place in Clemson history in career touchdown passes. He finished the game 20-29 passing with 214 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

* Parker now has a career record of 14-9 as Clemson’s starting quarterback.

* Marcus Gilchrist had the longest kickoff return of his career with a 76-yard kickoff return in the third quarter. He finished the game with a career-high 113 kickoff return yards. In fact, his return of 76 yards surpassed his previous career high for total kickoff return for a game. His previous career-high in total kickoff return yards in a game came earlier this season against Miami (FL) when he had 73 kickoff return yards.

* Andre Branch and Rennie Moore each recorded a sack in today’s game. Branch finished with four tackles, a tackle for loss, and two quarterback hurries in addition to his sack, which was his fourth of the season. Moore finished with three tackles, two tackles for loss and a quarterback hurry in addition to his sack, which was his second of the season.

* As a whole, the Tigers starting defensive line of Bowers, Branch, Jenkins, and Brandon Thompson recorded three sacks and 5.5 tackles for loss. Clemson coach Dabo Swinney presented the entire defensive line with a game ball after the game.

* Marquan Jones hauled in a career-high six receptions for 47 yards in today’s game.

* Tight end Jamie Harper have now caught a pass in every game this season with two receptions and three receptions, respectively, in today’s game.