• Clemson gained its 43rd consecutive win over an unranked team (either poll). The last loss was to NC State in Raleigh in 2011.
• It was also Clemson’s 43rd straight win over an unranked opponent in Memorial Stadium. That streak dates to Dabo Swinney’s first game as interim coach, when Georgia Tech defeated Clemson 21-17 on Oct. 18, 2008.
• This was Clemson’s fifth straight win over NC State and 12th in the last 13 games.
• This was Clemson’s 20th straight win at home (already a school record), the longest active streak in the nation.
• This was Clemson’s 21st consecutive regular-season victory and 24th consecutive win in a non-national championship game.
• This was Clemson’s 13th consecutive win over an ACC opponent.
• This was Dabo Swinney’s 50th win in Death Valley. He is 50-6 as Clemson’s head coach at home.
• This was the 42nd win for this Clemson senior class, tied for the second-most wins in school history with the 2014 seniors. The 2015 seniors hold the record with 46 wins.
• Clemson moves to 7-0 for the season. This is just the sixth 7-0 start in Clemson history and the third under Dabo Swinney. The Tigers started 8-0 in 2011 and 14-0 in 2015.
• Saturday’s game marked the first overtime contest in Death Valley since Sept. 24, 2005 (vs. Boston College) and just the sixth overtime game ever in Memorial Stadium.
• Clemson is 7-6 all-time in overtime games, 2-2 in overtime games under Dabo Swinney and 3-3 in home overtime games.
• With Carlos Watkins’ sack on the final play of the first half, Clemson’s defense has now recorded at least one sack in each of the last 37 games.
• Clemson’s 52 passing attempts (all by Deshaun Watson) is the most by a Clemson team since Oct. 6, 2007 (loss vs. Virginia Tech, 67 attempts)
• The Tigers moved to 15-2 in games decided by seven points or less since 2011.
• Deshaun Watson raised his record as a starting quarterback to 25-2. He joins Rodney Williams (32), Tajh Boyd (32) and Charlie Whitehurst (25) as the only 25-game winners in Clemson history.
• Deshaun Watson’s game-winning touchdown pass was his 39th completion of the game, setting a Clemson single-game record for completions (38, Cullen Harper vs Virginia Tech, 2007).
• Saturday was Deshaun Watson’s 12th career game with at least one rushing touchdown and one passing touchdown.
• Watson set a season high in passing yards (378) on 52 attempts, a career-high.
• With 413 yards of total offense, Deshaun Watson passed Woodrow Dantzler and moved into third on Clemson’s career total offense list (1,584 rushing yards, 7,520 passing yards, 9,104 total yards).
• Defensive tackle Christian Wilkins took a direct snap on a fake punt in the second quarter and ran 10 yards for a first down, his first career rush.
• Wilkins blocked an NC State field-goal attempt in the third quarter, Clemson’s first blocked field goal since Jayron Kearse blocked a Syracuse attempt last season.
• Marcus Edmond picked off Ryan Finley on NC State’s first play in overtime for his first career interception. Edmond also stopped Louisville on fourth down to save the game for the Tigers on October 1.
• K’von Wallace picked up his first career interception on a ball tipped by Ryan Carter in the second quarter. It was the first interception all season thrown by NC State quarterback Ryan Finley.
• Despite just two carries in the game, Gallman passed Terry Allen and moved into seventh on Clemson’s career rushing leaders list (2,785 career rushing yards).
• Hunter Renfrow had a five-yard reception in the second quarter, his first catch since the Troy game. He missed the previous four games due to injury.
• Renfrow finished Saturday’s game with a season-high six catches and 53 yards.
• Jadar Johnson set a career high in tackles with seven (six in the first half).
• Mike Williams has now caught a touchdown pass in four straight games (13-yard catch from Watson in the second quarter).
• Williams set a career high with 12 catches. Williams is the first Tiger with double-digit catches since Artavis Scott had 12 receptions against Syracuse in 2015.
• Deshaun Watson had his first rushing touchdown of the season in the third quarter.
• C.J. Fuller set a career high for carries (16) and rushing yards (56).
• Ben Boulware had 10 tackles, giving him double-digit tackles in four-straight games.
• Artavis Scott’s 10-yard touchdown catch marked the Tigers’ first game-winning catch in overtime since Jacoby Ford’s 26-yard touchdown grab from Kyle Parker at Miami (Fla.) on Oct. 24, 2009.
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