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Clemson calms nerves with halftime lead

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It looked sluggish for a while, but Clemson has found a way to halftime with the lead. Tajh Boyd took a draw for a key fourth down conversion and a couple plays later threw a touchdown pass to Sam Cooper late in the half to put the Tigers on top, 13-7. Clemson has been using their quick offensive style to run about twice as many plays as North Carolina State’s offense, which could become a factor in the second half.

North Carolina State frustrated Boyd early with pressure, hits and forcing some poor throws. After getting Clemson in the end zone it was clear Boyd had calmed down. Will he be so relaxed in the second half?

North Carolina State had some chances to do some damage early on in the game but ultimately could not cash in. But they are playing a tough game on both sides of the football and certainly in this one as it moves to the second half. The Wolfpack have used a number of players to spread the football around on offense, perhaps to keep Clemson guessing while also waiting to see if anyone can take charge on the field.

Clemson will have to tighten up a bit to avoid allowing North Carolina State to make a run in the second half. The talent advantage is there for Clemson, but they may not be able to overcome allowing the home team to hang around late in to this game.

Starting nickel back among those ruled out for Clemson Sat.

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Clemson released its injury report for Saturday’s game, and a key piece of its defensive puzzle will be missing.

Fortunately for the Tigers, though, the South Carolina school on the other sideline doesn’t come from the FBS level.

Korrin Wiggins, nursing a hamstring injury, has been ruled out of tomorrow’s game against FCS-level South Carolina State.  The safety (pictured, being hurdled over) serves as the Tigers’ starting nickel back.

The only other player listed on the two-deep portion of the depth chart listed as out is B.J. Goodson.  The backup middle linebacker is suffering from a concussion.

Tight ends Sam Cooper (knee) and Jordan Leggett (knee), along with backup cornerback Martin Jenkins (shoulder) are all listed as probable.