North Carolina State-Clemson Preview Capsule

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Associated Press

Posted on November 15, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Updated Thursday, Nov 15 at 11:02 AM

North Carolina State (6-4, 3-3 ACC) at No. 11 Clemson (9-1, 6-1), 3:30 p.m. (ABC/ESPN2)

Line: Clemson by 17.

Series Record: Clemson leads 51-28-1.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

Clemson is seeking its first 10-win regular season since 1981 and a share of the ACC Atlantic Division title. The Tigers can win the division should they defeat the Wolfpack and No. 10 Florida State falls at Maryland. North Carolina State hopes to improve its bowl prospects.

KEY MATCHUP

North Carolina State QB Mike Glennon against Clemson's defense. Glennon shocked the Tigers a year ago when he passed for 253 yards and three touchdowns, leading the Wolfpack to a 37-13 victory against No. 8 Clemson. Glennon's been strong this season, too, passing for more than 291 yards a game, a total second only to Clemson QB Tajh Boyd. The Tigers defense has given up six TDs passes and just one scoring run their past four games.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

North Carolina State: CB David Amerson, who won last year's Jack Tatum Award as the nation's top defensive back, is tied for second in the ACC with four interceptions. He'll also be counted on to slow down Tiger star wideouts DeAndre Hopkins and Sammy Watkins.

Clemson: Hopkins was named one of 10 semifinalists for the Biletnikoff Award as the country's top receiver. He's second in the country with 14 touchdowns, catching a scoring pass in all but one of the Tigers games this season. He's got 66 receptions and 1,096 yards.

FACTS & FIGURES

This game has been called the "Textile Bowl" since 1981, the winner receiving a commemorative trophy. ... Clemson is playing for another trophy, too. If it wins Saturday's game, it would be crowned co-champions of the ACC Atlantic Division with Florida State. ... Glennon stands fourth on North Carolina State's career list with 6,032 passing yards and 52 TD passes. His six 300-yard games rank sixth all-time. ... The Wolfpack have lost four straight to Clemson at Death Valley since QB Phillip Rivers led them to a 38-6 Thursday night win in 2002. ... Boyd is seeking his 20th win as a starter, something only six other passers in school history have accomplished. ... The fullback has never rushed the ball in North Carolina State coach Tom O'Brien's 16 years as a head coach. ... The Wolfpack lead the ACC in with 30 sacks this season. Clemson didn't give up a sack last week to Maryland, which came into that contest tied with North Carolina State for the sacks lead.

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