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No. 6 Clemson holds off No. 20 NC State 38-31 in ACC

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Clemson trailed much of the day. It faced a veteran ranked team with a strong defensive line. And it was playing in front of a hostile crowd in a game the sixth-ranked Tigers had to win to stay in the race for another College Football Playoff appearance.

In the end, Dabo Swinney's bunch responded with the same big-game composure - even with a younger team that lost so many stars from last year's national championship squad.

Tavien Feaster ran for an 89-yard touchdown to end the third quarter and K'Von Wallace picked off Ryan Finley on the final play to help Clemson beat No. 20 North Carolina State 38-31 on Saturday.

Feaster's break-loose run up the middle and gave Clemson (8-1, 6-1 Atlantic Coast Conference, CFP No. 4) a 31-21 lead entering the fourth, then the Tigers had to hang on in the final seconds as the Wolfpack (6-3, 4-1, CFP No. 20) got one more shot to tie it.

''We've got a really young team,'' Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said, ''and I thought a lot of guys grew up tonight.''

Wallace was a good example. The sophomore came up with two huge plays after the Wolfpack's final drive pushed to the Clemson 28, first when he broke up a pass to Jaylen Samuels near the goal line with a hard hit.

Then, after an illegal formation penalty by N.C. State wiped out completion for a first-and-goal, Wallace picked off Finley's final overthrown fourth-down ball and returned it 55 yards to burn the clock and give Clemson a huge step forward to another ACC Atlantic Division title.

''There was no chance to win the division if we didn't win up here,'' Swinney said.

Finley threw for 338 yards and three touchdowns - including a 40-yard scoring throw to Kelvin Harmon on the first possession to lead the Wolfpack, whose players had talked openly about pursuing revenge after squandering a road win against Clemson in overtime last year.

In the end, this one ended like so many in the series, with the Tigers beating the Wolfpack for the sixth straight year and 13th time in 14 meetings.

''I mean it was a revenge game,'' said Samuels, who had a touchdown catch and run. ''We've been thinking about this game since last year. But they came in and played hard, that's a great football team over there.''

THE TAKEAWAY

Clemson: The Tigers showed off their big-game experience, doing just enough to put themselves in control of the ACC's Atlantic Division race yet again.

''Adversity had kicked in for us early on and throughout the course of the game,'' said quarterback Kelly Bryant, who ran for two scores. ''Just sticking together and having that brotherhood that we've got ... that was our mentality on the sideline.''

N.C. State: The Wolfpack had a shot to all but wrap up the Atlantic Division title with a win, but likely saw those hopes end with this loss.

PENALTIES

The Wolfpack had six penalties for 69 yards a week after being flagged 12 times for 89 yards in the loss at Notre Dame.

''Coming into this game, we already knew the refs were going to be on their side,'' Samuels said. ''That's just how it is, when you've got the defending national champions coming into our place.''

SIDELINE TECH?

Afterward, a frustrated Wolfpack coach Dave Doeren - unprompted- questioned the presence of a laptop on Clemson's sideline during the game.

''I'd like that to be investigated,'' Doeren said. ''Maybe they weren't doing anything but I was told it's illegal to have technology on the sideline, so I'd like to know that as well.''

Swinney was asked about the laptop, and team spokesman Tim Bourret said it was being used by a student who works with social media.

''It wasn't anybody from football,'' Swinney said, ''I can tell you that.''

BIG RETURN

Ray-Ray McCloud had a 77-yard punt return for a touchdown - a highlight-reel play in which he broke at least three tackles - to give Clemson a first-quarter boost.

UP NEXT

Clemson: The Tigers host Florida State on Nov. 11, a game that was supposed to be the marquee matchup in the conference but has lost its luster with the Seminoles' struggles.

N.C. State: The Wolfpack travel to Boston College on Nov. 11 in a matchup that has given them fits. BC has won three of the last four meetings.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 1:54
92-K.Bambard 22 yards Field Goal is Good.
12
plays
81
yds
04:31
pos
38
31
Point After TD 6:31
41-A.Spence extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
38
28
Touchdown 6:31
2-K.Bryant runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
7
plays
27
yds
03:03
pos
37
28
Point After TD 12:23
92-K.Bambard extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
31
28
Touchdown 12:23
15-R.Finley complete to 11-J.Meyers. 11-J.Meyers runs 15 yards for a touchdown.
6
plays
85
yds
02:37
pos
31
27
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:00
41-A.Spence extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
31
21
Touchdown 0:00
28-T.Feaster runs 89 yards for a touchdown.
1
plays
89
yds
00:05
pos
30
21
Point After TD 3:31
41-A.Spence extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
24
21
Touchdown 3:31
2-K.Bryant complete to 8-D.Cain. 8-D.Cain runs 12 yards for a touchdown.
10
plays
63
yds
03:24
pos
23
21
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 5:19
41-A.Spence 26 yards Field Goal is Good.
12
plays
97
yds
04:04
pos
17
21
Point After TD 9:29
38-C.Wise extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
21
Touchdown 9:29
15-R.Finley complete to 1-J.Samuels. 1-J.Samuels runs 7 yards for a touchdown.
10
plays
75
yds
04:35
pos
14
20
Point After TD 14:04
41-A.Spence extra point is good. Team penalty on NCST Offside declined.
plays
yds
pos
14
14
Touchdown 14:04
2-K.Bryant runs 10 yards for a touchdown.
13
plays
86
yds
01:51
pos
13
14
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 2:25
38-C.Wise extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
14
Touchdown 2:25
1-J.Samuels runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
13
plays
69
yds
06:34
pos
7
13
Point After TD 8:59
41-A.Spence extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
7
Touchdown 9:10
90-A.Cole punts 57 yards from NCST 20. 21-R.McCloud runs 77 yards for a touchdown.
3
plays
5
yds
01:59
pos
6
7
Point After TD 13:09
38-C.Wise extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
7
Touchdown 13:09
15-R.Finley complete to 3-K.Harmon. 3-K.Harmon runs 40 yards for a touchdown.
3
plays
40
yds
01:16
pos
0
6
Team Stats
1st Downs 19 27
Rushing 5 12
Passing 10 14
Penalty 4 1
3rd Down Conv 7-16 3-13
4th Down Conv 2-2 2-3
Total Net Yards 415 482
Total Plays 73 84
Avg Gain 5.7 5.7
Net Yards Rushing 224 153
Rush Attempts 35 34
Avg Rush Yards 6.4 4.5
Net Yards Passing 191 329
Comp. - Att. 20-38 31-50
Yards Per Pass 5.0 6.6
Sacked - Yards Lost 0-0 1-9
Penalties - Yards 3-23 6-69
Touchdowns 5 4
Rushing TDs 3 1
Passing TDs 1 3
Other 1 0
Turnovers 1 2
Fumbles - Lost 0-0 0-0
Int. Thrown 1 2
Punts - Avg 5-38.8 5-49.2
Return Yards 221 49
Punts - Returns 2-88 0-0
Kickoffs - Returns 4-78 3-49
Int. - Returns 2-55 1-0
Kicking 6/7 5/6
Extra Points 5/5 4/4
Field Goals 1/2 1/2
Safeties 0 0
1234T
4 Clemson 8-1 71014738
20 NC State 6-3 14701031
191 PASS YDS 329
224 RUSH YDS 153
415 TOTAL YDS 482
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
K. Bryant 2 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
52.6% 191 1 1 98.3
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
65.2% 1773 7 5 130.8
K. Bryant 20/38 191 1 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
T. Feaster 28 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 105 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
80 529 4
T. Feaster 7 105 1 89
K. Bryant 2 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
20 88 2
SEASON ATT YDS TD
133 548 9
K. Bryant 20 88 2 18
T. Etienne 9 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
8 31 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
66 520 7
T. Etienne 8 31 0 6
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
D. Cain 8 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
9 84 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
37 440 4
D. Cain 9 84 1 15
H. Renfrow 13 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 33 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
39 390 0
H. Renfrow 4 33 0 16
M. Richard 80 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 29 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
14 204 1
M. Richard 1 29 0 29
T. Thompson 1 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 18 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
7 68 0
T. Thompson 2 18 0 11
A. Rodgers 3 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 11 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
11 67 0
A. Rodgers 2 11 0 6
T. Etienne 9 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 10 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 10 0
T. Etienne 1 10 0 10
T. Chase 18 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 6 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 11 0
T. Chase 1 6 0 6
D. Overton 14 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
9 132 0
D. Overton 0 0 0 0
T. Higgins 5 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
7 75 0
T. Higgins 0 0 0 0
R. McCloud 34 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
34 354 1
R. McCloud 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
T. Mullen 1 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
10-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-1 1 0.0
T. Mullen 10-1 0.0 0
C. Ferrell 99 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
10-2 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-2 0 1.0
C. Ferrell 10-2 1.0 0
V. Smith 23 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 0.0
V. Smith 7-0 0.0 0
D. O'Daniel 6 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-3 2 0.0
D. O'Daniel 7-3 0.0 0
K. Joseph 34 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-3 0 0.0
K. Joseph 5-3 0.0 0
R. Carter 31 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 1 0.0
R. Carter 4-1 0.0 1
A. Bryant 7 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 1 0.0
A. Bryant 3-0 0.0 0
T. Muse 19 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
T. Muse 3-0 0.0 0
T. Lamar 57 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
T. Lamar 3-2 0.0 0
C. Wilkins 42 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
C. Wilkins 3-2 0.0 0
D. Lawrence 90 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
D. Lawrence 2-1 0.0 0
K. Wallace 12 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 1 0.0
K. Wallace 2-0 0.0 1
D. Rencher 21 RB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
D. Rencher 1-0 0.0 0
JD. Davis 33 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
JD. Davis 1-1 0.0 0
J. Robinson 50 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
J. Robinson 0-1 0.0 0
I. Simmons 11 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
I. Simmons 0-2 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
Al. Spence 41 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/2 5/5
SEASON FG XP
4/9 24/25
Al. Spence 1/2 26 5/5 8
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
W. Spiers 48 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 37.3 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
44 42.4 2
W. Spiers 4 37.3 2 42
K. Bryant 2 QB
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
1 45.0 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
1 45.0 1
K. Bryant 1 45.0 1 45
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
T. Feaster 28 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 15.5 16 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 15.5 16 0
T. Feaster 2 15.5 16 0
T. Etienne 9 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 23.5 25 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
9 21.0 25 0
T. Etienne 2 23.5 25 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
R. McCloud 34 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 44.0 77 1
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
18 13.4 77 1
R. McCloud 2 44.0 77 1
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
R. Finley 15 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
62% 338 3 2 130.6
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
65.7% 2519 15 3 141.8
R. Finley 31/50 338 3 2
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
R. Gallaspy II 25 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 46 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
80 342 4
R. Gallaspy II 6 46 0 22
J. Samuels 1 TE
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
12 38 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
51 247 8
J. Samuels 12 38 1 15
R. Finley 15 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
8 35 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
38 94 1
R. Finley 8 35 0 15
N. Hines 7 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
8 34 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
126 688 6
N. Hines 8 34 0 13
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
K. Harmon 3 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
8 155 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
51 799 4
K. Harmon 8 155 1 40
J. Meyers 11 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
9 105 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
38 445 4
J. Meyers 9 105 1 23
S. Louis 12 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
6 55 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
33 463 2
S. Louis 6 55 0 13
G. Locklear 6 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 8 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 17 0
G. Locklear 1 8 0 8
R. Gallaspy II 25 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 6 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 27 0
R. Gallaspy II 1 6 0 6
J. Samuels 1 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 6 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
59 480 4
J. Samuels 3 6 1 7
N. Hines 7 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 5 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
18 94 0
N. Hines 2 5 0 4
C. Riley 19 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 98 0
C. Riley 0 0 0 0
C. Cook 48 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 29 0
C. Cook 0 0 0 0
R. Finley 15 QB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 -2 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 18 0
R. Finley 1 -2 0 -2
Defense T-A SACK INT
S. Boone 24 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-1 1 0.0
S. Boone 8-1 0.0 0
J. Morehead 31 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-2 0 0.0
J. Morehead 6-2 0.0 0
A. Moore 58 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-2 1 0.0
A. Moore 6-2 0.0 0
B. Chubb 9 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-3 0 0.0
B. Chubb 5-3 0.0 0
B. Hill 98 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-3 0 0.0
B. Hill 4-3 0.0 0
D. Roseboro 45 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
D. Roseboro 4-0 0.0 0
J. Alston 5 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 2 0.0
J. Alston 3-0 0.0 0
Mi. Stevens 2 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 1 0.0
Mi. Stevens 3-0 0.0 0
T. Kidd-Glass 34 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-3 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-3 1 0.0
T. Kidd-Glass 3-3 0.0 1
J. Fernandez 4 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
J. Fernandez 2-2 0.0 0
G. Pratt 3 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-2 1 0.0
G. Pratt 2-2 0.0 0
Ma. Stevens 49 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
Ma. Stevens 2-0 0.0 0
K. Street 35 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
K. Street 1-0 0.0 0
I. Moore 41 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
I. Moore 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
C. Wise 38 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/1 3/3
SEASON FG XP
6/12 35/37
C. Wise 0/1 0 3/3 3
K. Bambard 92 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 1/1
SEASON FG XP
1/1 1/1
K. Bambard 1/1 22 1/1 4
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
A. Cole III 90 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
5 49.2 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
41 45.3 2
A. Cole III 5 49.2 2 57
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
J. Samuels 1 TE
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 16.3 18 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
7 23.6 18 0
J. Samuels 3 16.3 18 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 CLEM 25 0:29 3 35 INT
13:03 CLEM 30 1:49 6 22 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
2:18 CLEM 29 1:51 13 71 TD
9:23 CLEM 23 4:04 12 68 FG
1:42 CLEM 20 1:40 12 58 Halftime
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:02 CLEM 10 3:16 6 44 Punt
8:01 NCST 49 0:38 3 6 Punt
6:55 NCST 49 3:24 10 49 TD
0:05 CLEM 11 0:05 1 89 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:16 CLEM 21 1:57 3 9 Punt
9:34 NCST 27 3:03 7 27 TD
1:50 NCST 47 0:19 3 6 Punt
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:25 CLEM 40 1:16 3 40 TD
11:09 NCST 15 1:59 3 5 TD
8:59 NCST 35 6:34 13 65 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:04 NCST 25 4:35 10 75 TD
5:09 NCST 20 3:24 9 63 FG Miss
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 NCST 25 1:49 5 10 Punt
9:36 NCST 1 1:23 3 4 Punt
7:17 NCST 10 0:14 3 0 Punt
3:25 NCST 17 3:12 6 34 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 NCST 35 2:37 6 65 TD
10:12 NCST 28 0:32 2 45 INT
6:25 NCST 15 4:31 12 81 FG
1:24 NCST 20 1:06 11 42 Game