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Deshaun Watson: Vols QB Watson throws for 378, 2 TDs vs NCSU

Sep 24 2016 Knoxville TN USA Tennessee Volunteers head coach Butch Jones during the Vol Walk before the game against the Florida Gators at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports
Elettra Stolfi | 18 Ottobre, 2016, 00:12

But despite sloppy play, red-zone mishaps, four turnovers, ill-timed fourth-quarter penalties - and thanks to a lucky break when N.C. State's Kyle Bambard missed a field goal that would have beaten them at the end of regulation - the Tigers managed to hold off North Carolina State at home 24-17 in overtime to move to 7-0 overall and 4-0 in the ACC.

Clemson pulled out the victory in large part due to the efforts of Watson, who completed 39 of 52 passes for 378 yards and two touchdowns.

A win is a win, and 7-0 is 7-0, but for the remainder of the season it would be great to see the Tigers just put some opponents away early and show they are muscling up for another playoff run. State's defense forced four Clemson turnovers, including an interception that was returned for a touchdown by Mike Stevens, tying the game at 10. It's also the first time since 2001 that Nebraska has won its first six. Armstrong passed for 208 yards and Terrell Newby rushed for 102 yards. The Hurricanes lost to Florida State 20-19 last week. James Conner ran for 90 yards and two touchdowns and Pittsburgh (5-2, 2-1) shut Virginia (2-4, 1-1) down in the second half in a 45-31 victory in Charlottesville, Va. Linwood was already the career rushing leader for the Bears (6-0, 3-0 Big 12).

Sam Darnold threw five touchdowns, including three to JuJu Smith-Schuster, as the Trojans built up a 34-7 lead against the Wildcats. And Florida State's 2013 campaign saw the Seminoles get behind Boston College 17-3 before rallying back for a win over the Eagles.

After a disastrous season-opening loss to Alabama and a road loss to Utah that dropped them to 1-3, the Trojans have now won three in a row following their 48-14 win at Arizona. The ball sailed out of bounds, Arkansas took possession and ran out the clock.

Clemson grabbed a 3-0 lead on a 25-yard field goal by Greg Huegel with 1:17 left in the first half. Running back Rawleigh Williams III finished with a career-high 180 yards on 27 carries. One of those was a Tyshon Dye lost fumble at the 1 while the Tigers were also unsuccessful on fourth-and-goal from the 1. The game was tied at 31-31 when Garrett Davis knocked the ball out of the hands of quarterback Dane Evans.

Clemson defensive end Christian Wilkins (more on him in a minute) just blew up the play. Game officials reviewed the play and determined that Brubaker did not cross the goal line.

Swinney expects his team to learn and improve from Saturday's close call when the team comes back after this week's bye to play October 29 at No. 13 Florida State. Finely was the last starting quarterback in the ACC to throw an interception this season.

It is the first time that UNC has defeated Florida State and Miami in the same season, so expect Larry Fedora's agent to field some phone calls this offseason. Gallman, the team's leading rusher, did not return. Bug Howard had 10 catches for 156 yards for North Carolina, which rebounded in a big way from last weekend's blowout loss against Virginia Tech.

The 17th-ranked Hokies (4-1, 2-0) and new coach Justin Fuente won a showdown game at North Carolina last week and will try and keep things going at Syracuse this week. "Just left a lot of points out there, a lot of points". And again, Mike's (Williams) trying to fight for an extra yard and a great play by them to get the ball out.

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