NC State vs Clemson Post-Game Notes
Clemson Post-Game Notes
• Clemson got its first points of the season off of a turnover (they ended up with 16 in the game) when Eric Coleman grabbed an interception off of quarterback pressure from Nick Watkins. Coleman ran 20 yards with the interception for his first career touchdown. It was the first interception returned for a touchdown by Clemson since Charles Hafley did so against Missouri in 2000. Terry Jolly was the last defensive linemen to return an interception for a touchdown, doing so in the 1999 Duke game.
• Clemson's defense had its most takeaways in a game this season with six. Clemson matched its season total in takeaways in one performance. The Tigers had five interceptions, including Jamaal Fudge's third straight game with one interception. Charles Bennett's fourth-down interception (first of his career) with eight seconds remaining sealed the victory for Clemson. The five interceptions were the most since the 1995 North Carolina game, and Clemson surpassed its season interception total in this game alone.
• Justin Miller took his first snap with the offense since the Louisiana Tech game of 2002. He took a two-yard reverse pitch on the Tigers' second drive of the game. He also threw his first career pass, a two-yard throwback to Charlie Whitehurst in the second quarter. He also had two interceptions, his first multiple-theft game since the Maryland game of 2002.
• Leroy Hill tied a Clemson record with a sack in his fifth consecutive game. The others who have done so previously were Chester McGlockton in 1990-91 and Keith Adams in 1999. Hill had a six-yard sack in the opening quarter, his eighth of the 2004 season. Hill finished with 10 tackles and a forced fumble. He now has 15 tackles for loss this season.
• The defense had seven tackles for loss, including a career-best three for Anthony Waters.
• Jad Dean's 47-yard field goal was Clemson's longest since Aaron Hunt booted a 48-yard field goal against Louisiana Tech in 2002. He was 4-4 on the afternoon with five touchbacks.
NC State Post-Game Notes
• NC State out gained Clemson today 381-267. The Wolfpack has out gained every opponent this season. NC State also had more first downs then Clemson (23-17), only Virginia Tech had more first downs then the Pack in a game this season.
• On its opening drive, NC State kicked a 28-yard field goal. The Wolfpack remains the only team in the ACC not to have a TD this season on an opening drive. On the other side, the defense once again gave up no points on Clemson's opening drive. The Pack is only one of two teams (Maryland) to not let the opposing team score on its opening drive.
• NC State's offensive line was without three starters for today's game - Center Jed Paulsen has been out since the North Carolina game, and tackle Derrick Morris and center/guard Leroy Harris both were injured last week Jon Holt (right tackle) and Luke Lathan (center) made their first career starts, and James Newby had just his fifth career start, all this season.
• NC State's top rusher, T.A. McLendon, and its top receiver, Richard Washington, both sat out the second half with injuries-
• Sophomore running back Reggie Davis had his first two-touchdown game of his career. Davis caught a 5-yard TD pass in the second quarter and ran for a 10-yard TD in the third. Davis is the first Wolfpack player this season to rush for a TD and catch a TD in the same game.
• Freshman running back Darrell Blackman had a career-high 90 yards rushing.
• Junior tight end T.J. Williams had career-highs of eight catches and 82 yards.
• Quarterback Jay Davis threw a career-high five interceptions. The last time an NC State QB had five INTs in a game was Terry Harvey versus Clemson in 1995.
• Davis threw for 255 yards, the fifth straight contest he has thrown for at least 200 yards, the longest streak in the ACC for any quarterback this season. Coming into today, only Miami and Virginia had at least three straight games throwing for at least 200 yards.
• NC State now has 23 turnovers through eight games this season, the most through the first eight games of the season since [995 when NC State also had 23 over that time span. NC State now has 18 turnovers in its four losses, and five turnovers in its four wins.
• The six turnovers today were the most since NC State had six against Florida State in 1999.
• Today's game was the second this season the Wolfpack has committed at least five turnovers (Ohio State) in a game. The is the first time since the 1996 season an NC State squad has had two games with at least five TOs in a single season.
Prior to this season under Coach Amato, NC State only had one game (2002 vs. UMass) where the Pack committed at least four turnovers.
• NC State had two touchdowns and one field goal taken off the scoreboard due to illegal procedure penalties (but ended up re-making the FG after the five yards were marked off). In the second quarter, freshman John Dunlap had touchdown catches of 33 and 23 yards on the same drive disallowed because of penalties (NC State ended up throwing an INT). In the fourth, John Deraney's 39-yard field goal was called back, only to be made at 44-yards a play later.
• NC State once again reached double figures in penalties today with 10. This was the fifth game this season with double digit penalties.
• Clemson's Airese Currie was the first wide receiver this season to go over 100 yards versus NC State as he had 108 on the day.
• With Clemson's interception on the last play of the game, four of NC State's six ACC games have come down to the final play.
- Missed FG by Virginia Tech
- TD in overtime for NC State against Wake Forest
- Fumble by NC State on UNC's one-yard line.