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Unpredictable Wolfpack crushes Clemson

RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina State coach Tom O'Brien never saw this coming. Neither did seventh-ranked Clemson, which suddenly looks lost at the wrong time.

Mike Glennon threw three touchdowns and the Wolfpack shut down the Tigers' explosive offense to win 37-13 Saturday, a surprisingly dominant performance by a team still trying to become bowl eligible.

Tobais Palmer had a dazzling 43-yard catch-and-run touchdown to highlight N.C. State's big night. The Wolfpack scored 27 in the second quarter then increased the lead and never let the Tigers build any momentum.

"I really have no explanation for what just happened," O'Brien said with a smile.

It was N.C. State's first win against a top-10 team in five seasons under O'Brien, and it continued the mystifying ways of a team that has struggled with consistency all year.

The Wolfpack followed a shutout of North Carolina with an inept performance in last week's loss at Boston College. Yet N.C. State responded by emphatically ending a seven-year losing streak to a team that had wrapped up the Atlantic Division crown.

The Tigers averaged a league-best 37 points and 478 yards but didn't reach the end zone until the final 90 seconds. They didn't crack 200 yards until late in the third quarter.

"I'm disappointed in how we played," coach Dabo Swinney said. "Embarrassed, really."

NO. 24 NOTRE DAME 16, BC 14: Jonas Gray rushed for a touchdown, David Ruffer kicked three field goals and the host Irish recovered an onside kick with just less than two minutes left to win their fourth straight game.

WAKE 31, MARYLAND 10: Tanner Price threw for 320 yards and three touchdowns, and the host Demon Deacons snapped a three-game losing streak to become bowl eligible.

GA. TECH 38, DUKE 31: Tevin Washington accounted for 321 total yards and had a 39-yard touchdown run that helped the visiting Yellow Jackets hold on.

N.C. State 37

7 Clemson 13

Unpredictable Wolfpack crushes Clemson 11/19/11 [Last modified: Saturday, November 19, 2011 9:13pm]
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