Tom O'Brien: 'Not a good match-up for us...They had too much skill for us, I guess'

'I was impressed with their offensive line. We couldn't get any pressure at all'

Clemson running back Andre Ellington runs by North Carolina State's Brian Slay, after getting by offensive line blocking from left guard David Beasley and right tackle Gifford Timothy during the third quarter at Memorial Stadium in Clemson.

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Clemson running back Andre Ellington runs by North Carolina State's Brian Slay, after getting by offensive line blocking from left guard David Beasley and right tackle Gifford Timothy during the third quarter at Memorial Stadium in Clemson.

N.C. State coach Tom O'Brien...

"You have to give credit to Clemson. That's a really good football team, and not a good match-up for us. But we left too many points on the board, too many opportunities to score. You get a little bit closer or slow them down once, but they had too much skill for us, I guess."

On Clemson's offensive line play: "They've got a lot of good, skilled offensive players. Looking back, Inot a good match-up for us We couldn't get to him. I think that's one of the things we've counted on in the past. Then (Tajh Boyd) pulls it down and takes off running. He's talented, there's no question about it."

On Tobais Palmer's record-setting day: "The kickoff return has almost been there. When that happens, those kids are really working hard back there. Early in the year, he missed some seams. He's seeing the seams now and getting in the seams, and when he gets there he's certainly got the speed to run away."

On the pace of the game: "That's part of what we were going to do. That was the plan coming in - to do it the way we did it. It was a game of runs. We thought maybe we'd come back in the third quarter and get our run back again. We just didn't do it."

On his message to quarterback Mike Glennon: "I don't tell him anything. I tell him to go get treated, get ready to go, and let's go play again next week. That's all you can do. It's the same thing now. We have to put this one to bed, go home, and find a way to get our seventh win next week. It's Senior Day. There are a dozen guys that will be playing their last ball game, so it's a big game for a lot of reasons. It's a pretty dang good football team we just played."

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