Clemson’s 55-10 victory over NC State on Saturday pushed the Tigers to 10-0 on the season and 7-0 in ACC play. After the game, much of the conversation centered around Clemson’s final touchdown.
Reserve running back Michel Dukes scored a short rushing touchdown with 11 seconds remaining to cap off the win. Dabo Swinney was asked postgame about the possibility that his team ran up the score.
Clearly, he’s not worried about those accusations.
Dabo on scoring at the end: "We are just trying to let them play. They could have stopped us, too. And they didn't. We subbed everybody. Nobody else to put in there."
— Anna Hickey (@AnnaH247) November 10, 2019
Dukes’ touchdown came after an NC State punt returned muffed a kick inside his 25-yard-line with less than three minutes remaining. The Tigers’ took over possession and used seven plays to gain 23 yards and score.
Of those seven plays, three were passes by backup quarterback Chase Brice. He completed 1-of-3 for two yards.
NC State head coach Dave Doeren was asked about the final touchdown after the game.
“I don’t really have a lot to say about it,” Doeren said, via 247Sports. “It’s their third or fourth (reserves) in the game. You’ve got to try to stop them. Obviously, it’s something as a coach that you don’t like to see happen. But I’ve done the same thing in the past — you put your backups in and you let them play football. It is what it is.”
Swinney was also unhappy with a post-game question asking about a “frosty” handshake he had with Doeren after the contest.
Clemson HC Dabo Swinney's response to the frosty handshake exchange with NCSU HC Dave Doeren: pic.twitter.com/6wesz4ruWa
— Ross Martin (@RossMartin_IC) November 10, 2019
With the win, coupled with Alabama and Penn State’s losses, Clemson should move into the top four when the new College Football Playoff Rankings are released on Tuesday.
[ 247 Sports ]