|NC State Review|
|by Mickey Plyler - Radio Host - Monday, September 23, 2013 9:09 AM||
NC State Review
We got back to the hotel late Thursday night and I spent Friday traveling back to Clemson and preparing for high school football, so I didn’t get a chance to write a blog following Clemson's win at NC State.
First, our thoughts and prayers go out to Carlos WatkinsCarlos Watkins
So. Defensive Tackle
#94 6-3, 300
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Our prayers are also with Clemson special teams coordinator, tight end and tackle coach Danny PearmanDanny Pearman
Assistant Head Coach / Tight Ends
View Full Profile. His father is in the care of the fine people at Hospice in Charlotte. Again, it is my hope that peace can find his family as well.
In a much less significant standpoint, many Tiger fans' worries were dodged Sunday when the polls came out and Clemson did not drop in either poll. Clemson stayed number three in the Associated Press poll and number four in the USA Today Coaches Poll.
It was fairly obvious to me that the Tigers did not play up to the standard that is preached by the staff Thursday night. The Tigers looked sloppy on offense and missed several opportunities. They let State hang around and the game was much closer than it should have been.
I give State credit in that the environment was exactly what I thought it would be. Thursday night road teams face a difficult challenge and the fans at NC State care about football. It was very good atmosphere in Carter-Finley Stadium.
I also thought State played really hard. They have a good front seven on defense and had a nice game plan. Offensively they are limited by their quarterback, but they showed a lot of motion and different sets than they showed in the first two games.
Meanwhile, Clemson had several opportunities to put the game away early and the Tigers failed to do so.
Tajh BoydTajh Boyd
RS Sr. Quarterback
#10 6-1, 225
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The running game was solid with McDowell's 68 yards, Howard's 48 yards and Brooks’ 17 yards. Clemson rushed for 171 yards on the road against a team that was determined to stop the run.
Sammy WatkinsSammy Watkins
Jr. Wide Receiver
#2 6-1, 205
Fort Myers, FL
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Jr. Wide Receiver
#1 6-5, 200
Calhoun Falls, SC
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Fr. Wide Receiver
#7 6-5, 205
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RS Jr. Tight End
#86 6-5, 250
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The offensive line struggled early when Gifford TimothyGifford Timothy
RS Jr. Offensive Tackle
#70 6-6, 310
View Full Profile allowed two sacks, but Shaq AnthonyShaq Anthony
RS So. Offensive Tackle
#76 6-3, 265
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So. Offensive Tackle
#79 6-6, 280
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Defensively the Tigers played well with the exception of allowing four fourth-down conversions on State's last drive. Clemson held the Wolfpack to 3 of 16 on third downs, but NC State converted 4 of 5 on fourth downs.
I thought Stephone AnthonyStephone Anthony
#42 6-2, 235
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#33 6-3, 230
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RS Jr. Cornerback
#17 6-0, 195
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Vic BeasleyVic Beasley
RS Jr. Defensive End
#3 6-3, 225
View Full Profile had three sacks and now leads the nation in sacks. Shaq LawsonShaq Lawson
Fr. Defensive End
#90 6-4, 260
View Full Profile had his best game with two tackles for a loss and a sack. It was another very good performance from the front seven.
The corners played well in my eyes, but the safeties once again struggled with bad angles and gave up some big plays.
Chandler CatanzaroChandler Catanzaro
Gr. Punter / Kicker
#39 6-2, 195
View Full Profile broke the all-time scoring record with another solid performance. Bradley PinionBradley Pinion
#92 6-5, 230
View Full Profile was a little banged up but he punted and kicked okay. I thought the coverage teams played very well once again.
In the end, it was not a dominating performance against an outmanned opponent. However, it was a 12-point win on the road on a Thursday night in a tough environment. It was a win the Tigers had to have and one that keeps them in line for bigger and better things.
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