Inside the game
N.C. State's high-powered offense had Clemson running back C.J. Spiller thinking it would take a lot of points to outscore the Wolfpack on Saturday at Carter-Finley Stadium.
But quarterback Russell Wilson couldn't get much going against a talented, experienced Clemson secondary. He was just 12-for-32 for 183 yards as the Tigers won 43-23 to eliminate N.C. State (4-6, 1-5 ACC) from bowl contention.
S Clem Johnson: Tied for the team lead with seven tackles unofficially, broke up a pass and nearly caused a fumble in the third quarter that would have given the Wolfpack a spark.
RB Toney Baker : Rushed for 76 yards on 19 carries and had a big third-down catch for 26 yards against a strong Clemson defense.
N.C. State wide receivers Owen Spencer and Jarvis Williams each dropped two passes, and the Wolfpack dropped five in the game.
Drops have been a problem for N.C. State since the season-opener. A group of wide receivers who came into the season with high hopes has performed below expectations.
Other than pride, there's not much for N.C. State to play for in Saturday's 3:30 p.m. game at Virginia Tech. The Wolfpack has been eliminated from bowl contention and hasn't won a road game all season as it visits one of the most difficult environments in the ACC.