Deshaun Watson threw his first career pick six to start out the second half and take away all momentum Clemson had, and the game was tied at 10-10.
Clemson then drove down the field to the two-yard line only for Tyshon Dye to fumble the ball and give NC State the ball back at the five. This was defensive back Dravious Wright’s second forced fumble of the day.
The crowd forced a false start and the defense forced a three and out, so AJ Cole punted the ball to State’s 43-yard line (failing to cross the 50 yard line). Clemson then marched their way down the field until Mike Williams fumbled the ball on the sideline at the State 8 and Shawn Boone returned it 66 yards to the Clemson 26. This was the third fumble forced by a NC State defensive back today.
Matt Dayes ran for 17 yards to give State first and goal at the nine, but three negative plays (including a missed facemask penalty from Clemson) by State (including a sack by Pagano) pushed NC State back to 4th and 20 on the 20-yard line. Kyle Bambard’s kick was blocked by Christian Wilkins and Clemson took over at the 23-yard line.
Clemson sputtered until the State defensive back Jack Tocho tackled Deon Cain on a go route in order to get the Tigers a first down off a pass interference penalty. Clemson then sharply drove down the field, and Deshaun Watson’s first rushing touchdown of the year topped off a ten play, 77-yard drive that took 3:46 off the clock.
Deshaun Watson has completed his last 11 passes for 116 yards. Clemson is up 17-10 with 1:03 left in the third quarter. Clemson has 419 yards, 4 turnovers, and 17 points. NC State has 281 yards, 10 points, is one for 3 in the red zone, and has 13 penalties for 120 yards.
State got the ball back and promptly responded by marching down the field but dropped passes forced the Wolfpack into 4th and 6 on the 29-yard line. Clemson then received their first penalty of the day (a pass interference call on K’von Wallace); and then Ryan Finely rushed 12 yards to Clemson’s 13 and a first down.
Three plays later Matt Dayes rushed for a touchdown to cap off the 14 play, 75-yard drive that lasted 4:34 and the score was tied at 17-17 with 11:23 left to play. Clemson then was in 3rd and 15 before Watson threw a post pass to Mike Williams for 29 yards.
Clemson then drove down the field but two holding penalties (Leggett, Fruhmorgen) landed them in 2nd and 32. Hunter Renfrow appeared to catch a deep corner route but instead dropped the ball and appeared to be hurt and holding his head. That was Clemson’s second key injury of the day, and the Tigers have the ball – 3rd and 32 on the State 47.
Watson had to throw it incomplete in order to not be sacked and Teasdall’s bad punt of 18 yards gave State the ball at the 29 yard line.
At this point, the referees went from calling 13 straight penalties for 120 against NC State to 4 straight penalties for 35 yards on the Tigers.
State drove down the field and had 3rd and 3 with 3:10 left on the Tiger’s 38-yard line, and Ryan Finely completed the pass to Matt Dayes for five yards.
State is at the 22-yard line with 1:54 left and appears to be aiming to run down the clock and kick a field goal. Matt Dayes rushed for nine yards on two plays to give them 3rd and 1 with 1:05 left on the Clemson 13 yard line. Matt Dayes barely got the first down on an inside run and State has three downs to burn the clock and Clemson has one timeout.
NC State ran a play action pass on first down and Finely was sacked for -4 yards, and while the play looked bad the purpose was to run down the clock. It was a questionable decision but it was made nonetheless.
Kyle Hubbard had 2 seconds and a 33-yard middle hash field goal away from giving his team the win. Clemson then iced Hubbard with their final time out. Clemson’s student section went nuts as Hubbard missed the field goal just barely to the right. Kyle Bambard is now 1 for 4 on field goals today, and his percentage entering today was 57.9%, good for 187th in the country (ESPN).
The first overtime game in 11 years in Death Valley commenced. NC State won the toss and elected to play defense first, while Clemson elected to play on the east side of the field where Howard’s Rock is.
The entire offensive line had a false start penalty, and the Tigers ended up in 3rd and 5. Mike Williams appeared to make the first down but a questionable call from the officials landed them in 4th and 1, with the Jumbo package on the field.
CJ Fuller picked up two yards and the first down. Jordan Leggett caught a one yard pass to give the Tigers first and goal at the one-yard line. Jay Guillermo launched a high snap and Watson recovered, making it 2nd and goal at the ten. Then Watson launched a slant strike to Scott for a ten-yard touchdown, and Huegel made the extra point to push the score up to 24-17 Clemson.
Marcus Edmond saved the game for the second week in a row as he picked off Ryan Finley’s pass deep in the end zone.
Final Score: Clemson 24 NC State 17