RALEIGH – Clemson proved it has yet to shed the tag of “typical Clemson” as association attached to such head-scratching performances like Saturday’s stunning, 37-13, loss to an N.C. State team playing for bowl eligibility.
With star receiver Sammy Watkins and starting left tackle Phillip Price sidelined with injuries Clemson (9-2, 6-2 ACC) offered its worst offensive performance of the year, picking up just 338 yards and committing four turnovers, two or which led to two N.C. State second-quarter scores.
N.C. State scored 27 second-quarter points to take a 27-3 lead at the break.
Without Watkins, the Clemson offense struggled to create big plays. And without Price, Tajh Boyd struggled to stay on his feet as he was sacked five times and pressured on nearly every pass attempt.
Boyd completed 21 of 38 passes for 238 yards and was intercepted twice.
Clemson has turned the ball over 11 times in the last three games, after turning the ball over eight times in the first eight games.
It was Clemson’s worst loss from a scoring margin standpoint since losing to Texas Tech, 55-15, in the 2002 Tangerine Bowl.
The Clemson defensive continued to struggle, allowing a number of big plays. N.C. State quarterback Mike Glennon completed 19 of 29 passes for 251 yards and three touchdowns. N.C. State did not commit a turnover.