Clemson brought a business like attitude to Raleigh Saturday, and the Tigers cashed their checks as they blew out the Wolfpack 43-17 to remain on track to win their first ACC Atlantic Division title. Should Virginia beat Boston College today, the Tigers will have the title. If BC wins, Clemson can win the division next week by defeating Virginia at home.
AUDIO: Dabo Swinney post game news conference (11:46)
The Tigers put this one away by halftime with 21 second quarter points. Jacoby Ford caught a 17 yard touchdown pass from Kyle Parker, CJ Spiller tossed a 17 yard scoring pass to Xavier Dye, and Parker hit tight end Michael Palmer in the back of the end zone with a five yard scoring pass. Parker completed 12 of 18 passes for 183 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions, and he was not sacked. Palmer was his favorite target with four catches for 50 yards and the touchdown.
AUDIO: Kyle Parker (2:33)
State opened the second half with a long touchdown drive, but outside of a field goal, the Wolfpack wouldn’t reach the end zone again until the final three seconds.
Meantime, Spiller scored on a 16 yard run and a 34 yard pass reception, and Jamie Harper broke free for a 69 yard scoring run, the longest run of his Clemson career. The Tigers finished with 454 yards, their fourth straight game of at last 400 yards. They averaged over eight yards per play. Spiller finished with 97 yards. He became the first Clemson player to account for touchdowns five different ways in a single season.
AUDIO: CJ Spiller (3:50)
Linebacker Brandon Maye led the defense with 10 total tackles and a sack. The Tigers had two sacks on the afternoon and seven tackles for loss. They allowed 377 total yards but held quarterback Russell Wilson to a 12-32 passing day with one with one pick. He did throw two touchdown passes.
AUDIO: Kevin Steele (3:32)
AUDIO: Ricky Sapp (1:37)
The only injury incurred by Clemson was an ankle sprain by offensive guard Thomas Austin. Swinney said the injury does not appear to be serious.
The Tigers play their final ACC game next Saturday at Death Valley against Virginia in what will be the final home game for seniors CJ Spiller, Jacoby Ford, Ricky Sapp, Thomas Austin and others. The kickoff time and TV outlet for the game will be announced Sunday.