Posted November 16, 2012 on AP on Fox
No matter how often Clemson's Dabo Swinney replays last season's game against North Carolina State in his mind he can't figure out what went wrong. One moment, the top-10 Tigers were locked in a tight game, up 3-0 on the Wolfpack early in the second quarter. The next, Clemson trailed 27-3 at the half and on the way to their second loss in three games. ''It was like, bam!'' Swinney remembered this week. The 11th-ranked Tigers (9-1, 6-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) finish league play against North Carolina State (6-4, 3-3) on Saturday and will try to rebound from the 37-13 loss that was part of a late swoon. Clemson was one of college football's biggest surprises in 2011 after starting 8-0. But the Tigers dropped three of their final four regular-season games, including the stunning loss at Carter-Finley Stadium. It was a defeat that hasn't set well with the team in the time since. ''As an offense, we were pretty much embarrassed,'' Tigers quarterback Tajh Boyd. ''It should be a fu...
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