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Grading the N.C. State Win

Curtis Baham

Clemson continued the trend of beating teams that they lost to the year before when the Tigers squeaked by N.C. State Saturday afternoon, 26-20. The win moves Clemson to 4-4 on the season and 3-3 in the Atlantic Coast Conference and sets up a showdown with Miami next week in Coral Gables.

The win also keeps Clemson's bowl hopes alive and kicking, something that almost seemed impossible three weeks ago. Here is how I graded the Tigers on my 5 keys to the game. 1. T.A.-Hangnail or Hero? As if following the script that Hollywood would undoubtedly use to portray him, T.A. McClendon continued his habitual pattern of missing action in the middle of a game. McLendon rushed for 3...

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