Keys To Victory
1) Strike Early - NC State was able to build some confidence with the win on the road at Georgia Tech, but if Clemson can strike early, the doubt will come back into play. More importantly, it will put a shot of confidence in Clemson. Clemson has not scored first any of the three losses. This team needs a shot in the arm early. Whether it be a big play on offense, defense, or special teams.
2) First Down Yardage – Clemson will be in for a long night, if they do not control the down and distance. The offensive line will have a difficult time stopping NC State’s defensive line in third and long. The Clemson defense needs to force NC State to make plays on third down. The Wolfpack offense is not clicking on all cylinders, and the defense does not need to give them any breaks.
3) Remain Confident – Coach Bowden addressed a concern that the team could clam up in a close game. This team needs to remember they can win close games. Before Miami, no one thought this team could lose if they had a chance to win in the fourth quarter. The swagger late in the game needs to be there.
4) Stay Disciplined – Much like Maryland, the Wolfpack likes to push the issue after the whistle. Clemson has stayed away from careless penalties through the first five games. NC State will try to attack Clemson mentally, but the Tigers have to remember what they do well. Stay away from the extracurricular activity and take a 15-yard penalty if State wants to give one.
5) Score Touchdowns – It is great that Jad Dean has been the most reliable kicker Coach Bowden has had, but this team needs touchdowns. You will not win many games on the road stalling at the two-yard line. Goal line opportunities need to be converted into touchdowns.
BONUS KEY: “Make one more play”