Scores

Final

(23) NC State 13

(6-3, 3-2 ACC)

Clemson 14

(5-4, 3-3 ACC)

Coverage: GamePlan

12:00 PM ET, November 6, 2010

Memorial Stadium (Clemson, SC), Clemson, SC

1 2 3 4 T
#23NCST 7 0 3 313
CLEM 0 0 7 714

Top Performers

Passing: K. Parker (CLEM) - 214 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: J. Harper (CLEM) - 25 CAR, 60 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: D. Hopkins (CLEM) - 5 REC, 80 YDS, 1 TD

Despite several mistakes, Clemson pulls out win over N.C. State

Associated Press

CLEMSON, S.C. -- A promising season at Clemson had come to this: Kyle Parker, the star quarterback who gave up at least $800,000 from the Colorado Rockies for one more season with the Tigers, was riding the bench after another interception.

Coach Dabo Swinney let Parker sit for several plays because of his wildly inconsistent play, and even his offensive coordinator figured he was done. But Parker got one more chance, coming back in to rally the Tigers to a 14-13 victory over North Carolina State (No. 25 BCS, No. 23 AP) on Saturday.

"If there's any game that kind of just represents what this kid had done here with his time at Clemson, I think today pretty much sums that up," Clemson offensive coordinator Billy Napier. "I'm proud of him, and he knows that."

The loss was a big blow for the Wolfpack's chances to win the ACC -- and kept Clemson's faint hopes alive to make the league championship game for a second straight year.

While Parker struggled, his defense kept the Tigers (5-4, 3-3) in it. They held the Wolfpack (6-3, 3-2) to 275 yards, more than 180 yards below their average.

Napier probably felt he needed to praise Parker following the game, especially after a mix-up between Swinney and Napier meant Parker didn't know he was being pulled until he saw backup Tajh Boyd take the field.

That wasn't the only mistake the Tigers made.

They fumbled five times, losing two of them, threw an interception, had a touchdown called back on a holding penalty and missed two short field goals. Punter Dawson Zimmerman got a game ball because he made a one-handed grab on a punt snap that was several feet off target with Clemson clinging to its narrow lead with three minutes to go.

"We've played some good football and lost. We've had our share of that," said Swinney, who is 3-9 in games decided by a touchdown or less. "It's not against the rules to win ugly."

North Carolina State had its share of mistakes. Manning returned an interception for a touchdown, but it was called back for a block in the back. The Wolfpack lost a fumble and got just 13 points from five trips into the Clemson red zone -- Russell Wilson threw a pick in the end zone and Josh Czajkowski had a 30-yard field goal try blocked.

Czajkowski made field goals of 28 yards and 27 yards, and Wilson's 3-yard TD pass to running back Mustafa Greene provided all the points for a team averaging 37 per game coming in.

It was obvious Clemson's defense shook the faith Wolfpack coach Tom O'Brien had in his offense. Facing fourth-and-1 at the Clemson 43 with just over three minutes to go, O'Brien decided to punt and pin the Tigers deep. It wound up traveling just 4 yards.

"We didn't make it on third-and-1, so I didn't have a lot of faith we were going to make it on fourth-and-1," O'Brien said.

Wilson went 22 for 36 for 212 yards and was his team's leading rusher with 29 yards. Seven different North Carolina State players caught passes with tight end George Bryan leading the team with four catches for 51 yards.

Marquan Jones had six catches for 47 yards and DeAndre Hopkins caught five passes for 90 yards and a touchdown for Clemson.

The Wolfpack no longer control their own destiny, but they can still make it to their first ACC title game if they win out and someone knocks off Florida State. Clemson gets the first crack next week. The Tigers also have ACC title game hopes as long as North Carolina State and Florida State lose twice more and Maryland loses at least one more game.

The Wolfpack expect to win out and can shake this loss off fairly easily because they made errors that are easy to correct, defensive tackle J.R. Sweezy said.

"There were a lot of mistakes in this ball game today," Sweezy said. "It just didn't go our way. That's the way football is."

Clemson didn't solve a lot of its offensive woes. The running game struggled for just 46 yards with leading rusher Andre Ellington out with a toe injury and backup Jamie Harper fighting a virus that had him throwing up at halftime.

It wasn't enough to keep Harper out of the game as he scored the winning touchdown with a 3-yard run with 6:18 to go.

"It's been the kind of year where things are going to happen and I think it really speaks a lot of this team to not quit," Parker said. "It would have been extremely easy especially how this game started to pack it in and go home."

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Team Stat Comparison

 
NCST
CLEM
1st Downs1716
Total Yards275260
Passing212214
Rushing6346
Penalties4-257-77
3rd Down Conversions5-158-17
4th Down Conversions0-11-1
Turnovers23
Possession29:2630:34

Passing Leaders

North Carolina StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Wilson22/362125.911
ClemsonC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Parker20/292147.411

Rushing Leaders

North Carolina StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Wilson9293.2027
Greene12262.204
ClemsonCARYDSAVGTDLG
Harper25602.419
McDowell351.703

Receiving Leaders

North Carolina StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Bryan45112.8021
Washington44912.3024
ClemsonRECYDSAVGTDLG
Hopkins58016.0133
Jones6477.8013

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERNCSTCLEM
TD10:41Mustafa Greene 3 Yd Pass From Russell Wilson (Josh Czajkowski Kick) 70
THIRD QUARTERNCSTCLEM
FG09:10Josh Czajkowski 28 Yd 100
TD02:44DeAndre Hopkins 12 Yd Pass From Kyle Parker (Richard Jackson Kick) 107
FOURTH QUARTERNCSTCLEM
FG13:22Josh Czajkowski 27 Yd 137
TD06:18Jamie Harper 4 Yd Run (Chandler Catanzaro Kick) 1314