RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Deshaun Watson accounted for six touchdowns to help third-ranked Clemson pull away after halftime to beat North Carolina State 56-41 on Saturday.
Watson threw for 383 yards and five scores, and also ran for 54 yards and a touchdown for the Tigers (8-0, 5-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who are closing in on an appearance in the ACC championship game and chasing a College Football Playoff berth.
The Tigers host No. 17 Florida State next week with a chance to wrap up the ACC’s Atlantic Division title.
Wayne Gallman ran for 172 yards and a touchdown for Clemson.
The Tigers led by 20 after halftime and finished with 623 total yards, spending the final quarter answering desperate scoring drives from the Wolfpack (5-3, 1-3) to remain in firm control.
Clemson will host Florida State next Saturday at 3:30 pm.