One sequence - a referee's whistle, a turnover and a touchdown - changed everything for North Carolina State in its first Atlantic Coast Conference game under coach Dave Doeren.
The Wolfpack hung with No. 3 Clemson through the first half Thursday night and appeared to have momentum on Bryan Underwood's long sideline run for a touchdown. But a referee ruled him out of bounds, then Clemson capitalized on an N.C. State turnover in a game-changing sequence in the Tigers' 26-14 win.
TV replays appeared to show Underwood staying just inside the sideline for an 83-yard score to tie the game, but the whistle made the play unreviewable and gave the ball to the Wolfpack at the Clemson 47. Pete Thomas fumbled on a sack three plays later, then Tajh Boyd threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to Martavis Bryant to make it 20-7.
''It's just disappointing when have a big play like that and it doesn't count,'' Doeren said. ''You've just got to move on. You can't complain about things you can't control. ...