CLEMSON, S.C. – The No. 3/3 Clemson football team emerged victorious in the battle of unbeatens at Memorial Stadium on Saturday afternoon, defeating the No. 16/15 NC State Wolfpack by a score of 41-7. With the win, Clemson remained undefeated at 7-0 overall and 4-0 in the ACC, while NC State moved to 5-1 overall and 2-1 in conference play.


Offensively, Clemson was powered by Travis Etienne, who rushed for three touchdowns for the third straight game, a school first. Trevor Lawrence was 26-39 for 308 yards and one touchdown, and his favorite target was Tee Higgins, who amassed 119 yards and that touchdown on eight receptions. The Tiger defense, led by Isaiah Simmons’ eight solo tackles, held a Wolfpack offense that had been averaging 33 points per game coming into today’s contest to just the seven points.


Clemson held a 14-0 lead after the first quarter, outgaining NC State 164 yards to 31. Both Etienne and Higgins found the endzone for the Tigers during the first 15 minutes, with the former rushing for a three-yard score and the latter hauling in a 46-yard touchdown pass from Lawrence.


Etienne scored the second quarter’s first touchdown with just 46 seconds remaining in the first half, capping a 54-yard drive, set up by a Dexter Lawrence fumble recovery, with a two-yard rushing score. On the second play of NC State’s ensuing drive, K’Von Wallace intercepted a Ryan Finley pass at midfield and returned it 46 yards, setting up a 28-yard Greg Huegel field goal a few plays later, giving the Tigers a 24-0 lead at the break.


The third quarter scoring opened with just under four minutes left in it, when Etienne ran for his third touchdown of the day, a one-yard rush that put the Tigers up 31-0. The Wolfpack got on the board on the first play of the fourth quarter, when a Reggie Gallaspy Jr. nine-yard rush cut the Tigers’ lead to 31-7. Huegel hit his second field goal of the day and 50thof his career, a 27-yarder, a few minutes later. A two-yard rushing touchdown for Lyn-J Dixon with eight minutes left in the game rounded out the scoring, bringing the final score to 41-7.


Clemson travels to Tallahassee, Fla. for a matchup with conference foe Florida State next weekend. Kickoff is set for noon at Doak Campbell Stadium.

Elaine Day

Clemson Athletic Communications

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NC State vs Clemson (Oct 20, 2018)

Scoring Summary

Scoring Summary (Final)
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NC State vs Clemson (Oct 20, 2018 at Clemson, SC)

NC State (5-1,2-1) vs. Clemson (7-0,4-0)

Date: Oct 20, 2018 • Site: Clemson, SC  • Stadium: Memorial Stadium  •  Attendance: 81295

Score by Quarters Score 
NC State 7
Clemson 14 10 10 41
1st11:23CUTravis Etienne 3 yd run (Greg Huegel kick)
9 plays, 57 yards, TOP 3:370 – 7
02:59CUTee Higgins 46 yd pass from Trevor Lawrence (Greg Huegel kick)
6 plays, 75 yards, TOP 2:120 – 14
2nd00:46CUTravis Etienne 2 yd run (Greg Huegel kick)
7 plays, 54 yards, TOP 1:290 – 21
00:02CUGreg Huegel 28 yd field goal
3 plays, -7 yards, TOP 0:170 – 24
3rd03:54CUTravis Etienne 1 yd run (Greg Huegel kick)
4 plays, 22 yards, TOP 1:290 – 31
4th14:56STReggie Gallaspy 9 yd run (Christopher Dunn kick)
10 plays, 75 yards, TOP 3:587 – 31
12:32CUGreg Huegel 27 yd field goal
8 plays, 41 yards, TOP 2:247 – 34
08:11CULyn-J Dixon 2 yd run (Greg Huegel kick)
8 plays, 84 yards, TOP 3:377 – 41
Kickoff time: 3:35  • End of Game: 7:07  • Total elapsed time: 3:32
Referee: Jeff Flanagan  •  Umpire: James Hyson  •  Linesman: Aarthur Hardin  •  Line judge: Kirk Lewis  •  Back judge: Keith Parham  •  Field judge: Wayne Rundell  •  Side judge: Jeffrey Shears  •  Center judge: Larry Hayes  •
Temperature: 72  • Wind: W @ 14  • Weather: Sunny

Team Statistics

Team Statistics (Final)
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NC State vs Clemson (Oct 20, 2018 at Clemson, SC)

 Team Totals ST CU 
   Rushing Attempts3232
   Average Per Rush3.22.8
   Rushing Touchdowns14
   Yards Gained Rushing141110
   Yards Lost Rushing3719
   Average Per Attempt5.57.9
   Average Per Completion8.811.9
   Passing Touchdowns01
   Total offense plays6780
   Average Gain Per Play4.45.9
Fumbles: Number-Lost1-12-1
Penalties: Number-Yards6-498-67
   Average Yards Per Punt48.340.0
   Net Yards Per Punt44.040.0
   Inside 2021
   50+ Yards21
   Fair catch13
   Average Yards Per Kickoff62.062.0
   Net Yards Per Kickoff22.040.1
   Fair Catch Yards00
Punt returns: Number-Yards-TD0-0-04-6-0
   Average Per Return0.01.5
Kickoff returns: Number-Yds-TD1-0-01-40-0
   Average Per Return0.040.0
Interceptions: Number-Yds-TD0-0-02-65-0
Fumble Returns: Number-Yds-TD0-0-00-0-0
Miscellaneous Yards00
Possession Time30:3629:24
   1st Quarter7:157:45
   2nd Quarter6:148:46
   3rd Quarter10:514:09
   4th Quarter6:168:44
Third-Down Conversions2 of 128 of 15
Fourth-Down Conversions0 of 20 of 1
Red-Zone Scores-Chances1-26-8
   Field goals0-22-8
Sacks By: Number-Yards2-131-9
PAT Kicks1-15-5
Field Goals0-02-3
Points off turnovers010