Clemson gets ugly win over NC State, remains unbeaten
“It wasn’t perfect by any means and it wasn’t pretty by any means, but you’ve got to love going on the road and getting a win.”
It wasn’t a hard one for Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney.
Boyd eventually found Sam Cooper for an 11-yard touchdown pass to cap the drive and give Clemson a 13-7 lead, a score it held going into half. If it’s a run play that’s stuffed at the line or Clemson ends up losing on the road by a few points, Swinney would’ve been the one blamed for the loss. He knew that. He didn’t care.
Swinney said he urged his staff and his players to stick with the plan. He told offensive coordinator Chad Morris: keep going to Tajh.
And yes, as the old saying goes, you have to be lucky and good. Clemson was both, as there were a few breaks that went against the Wolfpack, like N.C. State senior wide receiver Bryan Underwood stepping out of bounds midway through the first quarter on his way to a touchdown.
“When we really need it, we’ll go get it done.”