No. 3 Clemson Pulls Away in the Second Half, Downs NC State 26-14
(RALEIGH, N.C.) -- Tajh Boyd completed 24 of 37 passes for 244 yards and three touchdowns to lead the No. 3 Clemson Tigers past North Carolina State, 26-14, Thursday night.
NC State (2-1) made it a ballgame in the first half. After falling behind 6-0 on two Chandler Catanzaro field goals, the Wolfpack drove the ball 92 yards on their first drive of the second quarter, which ended with Shadrach Thornton rushing for a 21-yard touchdown. Nicklas Sade made the extra point and NC State went up 7-6.
Clemson (3-0) would answer on its final drive of the half when Boyd threw an 11-yard touchdown to Sam Cooper, as the Tigers went into the half with a 13-7 lead.
Clemson played strong in the second half, as Boyd threw two more touchdowns, both to junior receiver Martavis Bryant.
NC State quarterback Pete Thomas rushed for a four-yard touchdown with 3:50 left in the game, closing the margin to 12 points. The Wolfpack proceeded to attempt an onside kick, but Clemson recovered, pretty much ending any chance of a NC State comeback.
Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins had 10 catches for 96 yards in the win.
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