Three keys for Clemson to beat NC State


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The Tigers huge, 50-35 win against North Carolina was really Deshaun Watson's coming out party. In his first start, the freshman QB threw for 435 yards and a school-record six touchdowns. Clemson faces the North Carolina State Wolfpack Saturday, and these are the keys to a Tigers win:

Establish the running game: Clemson needs a strong ground game to create a balanced offensive. While Clemson only averages 137 rushing yards per game, NC State gives up 160, so it's not a stretch to think Clemson can do better.

Stop NC State's running game: The Wolfpack has a committee of running backs (and quarterbacks) that average 231 rushing yards a game. Shadrach Thornton averages more than six yards a carry and is a bruising back who loves contact. 

Contain Jacoby Brissett in the pocket: Brissett ran for 38 yards, and used his maneuverability to escape pressure, elude a sack or run for a first down last week against FSU. He likes to throw on the run and if you make him stand in a collapsing pocket, the pressure will affect his throws.

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