He made his presence felt on offense, defense and special teams. The sophomore had four tackles, blocked a field goal, rushed for 10 yards on a fake punt and paved the way for a key first down on fourth down out of the jumbo package in overtime.
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The junior was off early but settled in to complete 75 percent of his passes and throw for 378 yards, despite not having much of a running game.
Watson’s go-to man all day was Williams, who finished with 12 catches for 146 yards.
For the second home game in a row, he made the play late to put the game away with an interception in overtime.
N.C. State’s composure
The Wolfpack had six false starts. Clemson’s crowd was loud, but not nearly as loud as it was against Louisville.
Clemson’s running game
Running backs provided next to nothing after Wayne Gallman went out in the first quarter with a concussion. C.J. Fuller, Adam Choice and Tyshon Dye combined to rush 22 times for 67 yards.
The punting game
Andy Teasdall averaged 26 yards on two punts and Ray-Ray McCloud bobbled a punt for the second game in a row.
N.C. State’s play calling late
The Wolfpack had Clemson on its heels and Matthew Dayes was gashing the Tigers with the run, but N.C. State opted to slow the game down and settle for a field goal attempt rather than try to put the ball in the end zone.