NCAAF Game Recap - Clemson at North Carolina State
Sat Nov 9, 2019 7:30 PM EST

LSU
46
Ala
41
F
MD
14
OHSt
73
F
Clem
55
NCSt
10
F
PSU
26
Minn
31
F
Mizzu
0
UGA
27
F
IASt
41
Okla
42
F
Vand
0
Fla
56
F
Bayl
29
TCU
23
F(2OT)
ND
38
Duke
7
F
Iowa
22
Wisc
24
F
UConn
3
Cin
48
F
K St
24
Tex
27
F
Wyo
17
Boise
20
F OT
Wake
17
VaTec
36
F
ECU
51
SMU
59
F
Nev
17
SDSU
13
F
Kent
33
Toled
35
F
Ball
31
WestMI
35
F
MiaOH
24
Ohio
21
F
ULLaf
48
CoCar
7
F
Temp
17
SoFL
7
F
UCF
31
Tuls
34
F
Wash
19
OreSt
7
F
Purd
24
NW
22
F
W Ky
45
Ark
19
F
TxTch
38
WVU
17
F
FlaSt
38
BC
31
F
UMass
7
Army
63
F
GATec
28
UVA
33
F
UTSA
24
OD
23
F
SoAl
28
TxSt
30
F
Char
28
UTEP
21
F
Stan
13
Colo
16
F
GaSo
28
Troy
49
F
USC
31
AzSt
26
F
UAB
2
SMiss
37
F
Ill
37
MSU
34
F
Lou
27
MiaFL
52
F
NMSt
3
Miss
41
F
NorTx
17
LaTec
52
F
GASt
31
ULMon
45
F
FLInt
7
FlAtl
37
F
UtSt
37
Fres
35
F
WaSt
20
Cal
33
F
App
20
SCar
15
F
Lib
24
BYU
31
F
Tenn
17
KY
13
F
SJSU
40
Hawaii
42
F

Nov 9, 2019, 7:30 PM EST

Final

1

2

3

4

T

(4) Clemson (10-0)

28

14

7

6

55

North Carolina State (4-5)

0

0

7

3

10

No. 4 Clemson tops NC State 55-10, wins ACC division title
Sun Nov 10, 2019 12:42 AM

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Trevor Lawrence said he and his Clemson teammates aren't focused on trying to make a point about their outside-looking-in position in the first College Football Playoff rankings.

Maybe not, but the reigning national champion Tigers sure are playing with an overwhelming edge all the same - and that has for now at least secured their ticket to the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game.

Lawrence threw for two scores and ran for another in a dominating first quarter, helping No. 4 Clemson beat North Carolina State 55-10 on Saturday night to clinch the league's Atlantic Division title.

The Tigers learned this week that they were fifth in the four-team playoff rankings. Yet coach Dabo Swinney had said the Tigers (10-0, 7-0, No. 5 CFP) were in a "good spot" and needed to focus instead on finishing strong.

Since surviving a 21-20 scare at unranked North Carolina in September, the Tigers have won five straight games by 31 or more points.

"I think with something like (the CFP ranking), it's hard to just avoid it and not see it and not hear any of that," Lawrence said.

"But we don't really focus on it, especially now. I mean, after the 12th week or the ACC championship, that'll be important for sure then. ... If we don't win next week and the week after that and the week after that, it doesn't really matter about the playoff if we lose a game."

Starting that way was enough against the Wolfpack (4-5, 1-4) as Clemson extended its school-record winning streak to 25 games.

Clemson scored touchdowns on all four first-quarter drives, two coming after turnovers to give the Tigers short fields their humming-along offense didn't even need.

"Our guys were locked in and just really ready to play," Swinney said. "And our execution was tremendous in that first half. We really played about as clean as you can play. We didn't make many mistakes."

There weren't many positives for N.C. State beyond freshman Zonovan Knight's 53-yard TD run. That came early in the third quarter, long after the Wolfpack's typically rowdy fans had fled for the exits to leave the rest of the game to play out in a largely empty Carter-Finley Stadium.

"The bottom line is we can't turn the football over and win a football game," Wolfpack coach Dave Doeren said. "We turned it over three times in the first half against a team that's as good as anybody we're going to play every year. You just can't do that."

THE TAKEAWAY

Clemson: The four-time reigning ACC champions claimed the league's Atlantic Division title with the win and No. 22 Wake Forest's loss at Virginia Tech earlier Saturday. That will give the Tigers a shot at becoming the first team in any power conference to win five straight league championship games when they face the Coastal Division champion Dec. 7 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

N.C. State: Injuries have caused an already young team to force even younger players into the lineup, and it didn't get better Saturday night. A Lawrence keeper ended with three Wolfpack players lying on the turf in pain and ultimately left freshman linebacker Payton Wilson with his left arm in a sling and an ice bag on his shoulder with what Doeren called a shoulder sprain. Redshirt freshman QB Devin Leary got little chance to build confidence in a bumpy second start - including simply dropping the ball in the pocket for a turnover - in a game that got away quickly. N.C. State must win two of the final three games to reach a sixth straight bowl game.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

The Tigers could move up in the AP Top 25 with No. 2 Alabama losing to No. 1 LSU. They also could rise in the playoff rankings with Alabama (No. 3 CFP) and No. 5 Penn State (No. 4 CFP) both falling Saturday.

POSITION VERSATILITY?

Clemson gave offensive lineman John Simpson and linebacker James Skalski a chance to show off some positional versatility in this one.

The Tigers' 42-0 halftime lead included 6-foot-4, 330-pound Simpson taking a goal-line handoff and plowing in for a 1-yard touchdown.

"Getting in there was insane," Simpson said, adding: "It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience."

And near the end of the game, after Clemson added a 1-yard scoring run with 11 seconds left, the Tigers let Skalski unsuccessfully kick the extra point.

Swinney said Skalski makes kicks in practice but "all of a sudden, he got a little stage fright out there tonight."

UP NEXT

Clemson: The Tigers host No. 22 Wake Forest next Saturday.

N.C. State: Louisville visits the Wolfpack next Saturday.

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Passing

Clem Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
T. Lawrence 27 20 74.1 3 276 33 0 143.4
C. Brice 9 5 55.6 0 27 11 0 60.9
NCSt Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
D. Leary 29 14 48.3 0 166 38 0 66.2

Rushing

Clem Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
T. Etienne 14 112 8.0 26 2
T. Lawrence 8 59 7.4 28 1
NCSt Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
Z. Knight 12 139 11.6 53 1
T. Pennix 1 5 5.0 5 0

Receiving

Clem Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
J. Ross 4 75 18.8 33 1
T. Higgins 4 73 18.3 33 1
NCSt Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
K. Lesane 1 0 0.0 0 0
C. Angeline 2 53 26.5 38 0

Fumbles

Clem F FL
L. Dixon 1 0
NCSt F FL
D. Leary 1 1
T. Hines 1 1

Returning

Clem KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
A. Rodgers 0 - 0 0 2 4.0 0 8
J. Ngata 1 13.0 0 13 0 - 0 0
NCSt KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
K. Lesane 2 16.5 0 19 0 - 0 0
T. Hines 0 - 0 0 1 0.0 0 0

Punting

Clem Punt Yds Avg LgPu
W. Spiers 4 185 46.3 59
NCSt Punt Yds Avg LgPu
T. Gill 5 261 52.2 75

Takeaways

Team Stats Comparison

Clem NCSt
Points For 55 10
Total Yards 549 290
Rushing Yards 246 124
Passing Yards 303 166
Passing Completions / Attempts 25/36 14/29
Turnovers 0 4
Interceptions Thrown 0 0
Fumbles - Lost 2/0 4/4
First Downs 27 13
Penalties - Yards 10/72 6/45
Time Of Possession 45:45 15:15
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 4/12 4/13
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 3/3 1/2
Punts - Average Yards 4/46 5/52

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter Clem NCSt
Clem 4:04 TD Trevor Lawrence 7 yd run (B.T. Potter kick) 7 0
Clem 10:00 TD Tee Higgins 33 yd pass from Trevor Lawrence (B.T. Potter kick) 14 0
Clem 11:29 TD Travis Etienne 4 yd pass from Trevor Lawrence (B.T. Potter kick) 21 0
Clem 13:29 TD Travis Etienne 19 yd run (B.T. Potter kick) 28 0
2nd Quarter Clem NCSt
Clem 10:30 TD John Simpson 1 yd run (B.T. Potter kick) 35 0
Clem 14:15 TD Justyn Ross 33 yd pass from Trevor Lawrence (B.T. Potter kick) 42 0
3rd Quarter Clem NCSt
NCSt 1:56 TD Zonovan Knight 53 yd run (Christopher Dunn kick) 42 7
Clem 8:39 TD Travis Etienne 8 yd run (B.T. Potter kick) 49 7
4th Quarter Clem NCSt
NCSt 1:17 FG Christopher Dunn 46 yd FG 49 10
Clem 14:49 TD Michel Dukes 1 yd run (missed kick) 55 10

Game Information

Stadium: Carter-Finley Stadium, Raleigh, North Carolina
Attendance: 57,886
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