45042967What a thrilling game! #3 Clemson narrowly survives NC State as the unranked squad came within a field goal, only to miss the 33 yard field goal at the end of regulation. From there, Senior QB Deshaun Watson hit Junior WR Artavis Scott to seal the deal in OT. Watson had himself a solid with 378 yards and two tds (one apiece to Junior WR Mike Williams and Scott) and ran one in himself. The Tigers defence, despite giving up nearly 400 (397) yards in offence to the wolf pack, they were able to hold NC State Sophomore QB Ryan Finley to 238 yards on 50% passing (20/40) and 0 touchdowns with 2 interceptions. They also were able to sack him 4 times. They did however, let up over 100 yards rushing and a touchdown to Senior RB Matthew Dayes. Getting the win is always important and will trump any statline but at the end of the day, if you’re a Clemson fan, you have to be looking at your team and be thankful there is no loss on the record. Clemson is a national contender and for them to come to close to losing against Louisville (mind you, they do have, in my eyes, the Heisman winner of this year in QB Lamar Jackson) and NC state, who knows how they will do against some of the top powerhouses in #1 Alabama, #2 Ohio State or #4 Michigan. As for NC state, this loss stings but the team was able to show resilience and nearly came away with a W so they should not hang their heads. They visit #7 Louisville next week in a game that, if they can hold onto some of their swagger from this game, should be a competitive match up. Clemson gets a bye and look forward to visiting Florida State in a matchup that may seal the deal for one of the teams as Florida State, currently ranked 14th after their win against Wake Forest, has dropped in the polls after losing to unranked UNC 2 weeks ago. That is going to be a tight game as 1 team fights for a playoff spot and the other to try to get back into the top 10. All in all, this game was a near upset and has to be a game that both teams take into account moving forward to show the limits and capabilities of both squads.