Clemson Grinds Out A Win In Raleigh

10:45 PM, Sep 19, 2013   |    comments
  • Dabo Swinney saw his Tigers avoid the upset in Raleigh (Liz Condo, USA Today Sports)
  • Clemson players celebrate their win over NC State in the first ACC game of 2013 (Liz Condo, USA Today Sports)
  • Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd has his target in sight during the Tigers' win over N.C. State (Liz Condo, USA TODAY Sports)
  • Tight end Sam Cooper scored Clemson's first touchdown against N.C. State (Liz Condo, USA Today Sports)
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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Tajh Boyd threw for 244 yards and three touchdowns to help No. 3 Clemson beat North Carolina State 26-14 on Thursday night.

Boyd's second scoring pass, a 30-yarder to Martavis Bryant, capped a critical third-quarter sequence that allowed the Tigers (3-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) to seize momentum in front of a hostile crowd.

Clemson pulled away from there. Boyd found Bryant for another touchdown, with Bryant snatching the ball from defender Niles Clark for a 15-yard score that helped the Tigers blow the game open early in the fourth.

Sammy Watkins added 10 catches for 96 yards on a night when Clemson's explosive offense didn't manage many big plays yet finished with 415 yards.

Shadrach Thornton scored the Wolfpack's first touchdown on a 21-yard run in the second. N.C. State (2-1, 0-1) led 7-6 at that point but couldn't complete the upset in coach Dave Doeren's first league game.

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