After a slightly sluggish start, the Clemson Tigers pulled away from the North Carolina State Wolfpack on Thursday, beating the conference foe 26-14 and avoiding a disaster similar to what occurred in 2011. A late touchdown run by Wolfpack quarterback Pete Thomas helped bring North Carolina State within 12 of the Tigers, ranked No. 3 in the nation, but it was too little too late.
The major story people will be focusing on, obviously, is how Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd played. Due to the relatively weak schedule his Tigers play compared to the teams of some of the other Heisman Trophy candidates, Boyd needed to have a big showing on national television to boost his Heisman chances. Despite securing the win, Boyd didn’t quite light up the scoreboard, throwing for three touchdowns but struggling with his accuracy throughout the game. His final stat line was middling at best: 24-for-47 passing for 244 yards and the three touchdowns. He also added 38 yards rushing.
Still, a win is a win and the Tigers are now 3-0 on the season. Their next game will be against Wake Forest on September 28th.
(Also, as Deadspin points out, the game wasn’t without controversy, as it appears the Wolfpack were robbed of what should have been a pivotal touchdown in the third quarter.)