Lots of great plays, key plays, but I'd have to narrow it down to one of two:
Ship's long pass catch down the sideline that put us on the goal line before the half, since it led to us pulling ahead before the end of the half
MY PICK: The monster sack on Leary by Barrett Carter at the beginning of the 2nd half. Game changer. NCSU was looking to drive down and pull back ahead since they started with the ball in the 2nd half. A scoring drive would have changed momentum and hyped them up, but I think that sack rattled Leary and really jacked up our whole team. Took them from a 1st and 10 to a 2nd and 18. They threw an incomplete pass on 2nd down, got sacked again on 3rd down, and punted for a 3 and out to start the half. I think that monster opening half sack really set the stage for the rest of the game.
Barrett Carter makes Devin Leary reevaluate his life choices with a FEROCIOUS sack 💥
Dabo speaks extremely highly of Barrett Carter. He said he’s an incredible athlete and can play multiple positions very well. He also said he’s one of if not the best all -around athlete we’ve ever had at Clemson.
Both great plays on their own, but as you say, the timing of the great plays were spot-on. The fact was that we made the plays that needed to be made, when they needed to be made, and they failed time after time. Good post.
It may be overlooked but I really enjoyed seeing Pride get that interception (led to points, if I recall) and Wiggins getting a key pass breakup on 3rd down in the 4th. Nice way to respond after a tough afternoon vs Hartman & Company.