Turning Point: Malliciah Goodman's fumble causing sack sets up TD, puts Tigers in control

Corey Crawford's recovery is followed by Tajh Boyd TD run for 41-24 halftime lead

Clemson defensive end Malliciah Goodman, linebacker Lateek Townsend, and strong safety Rashard Hall tackle North Carolina State's Shadrach Thornton during the second quarter at Memorial Stadium in Clemson.

Photo by Ken Ruinard

Clemson defensive end Malliciah Goodman, linebacker Lateek Townsend, and strong safety Rashard Hall tackle North Carolina State's Shadrach Thornton during the second quarter at Memorial Stadium in Clemson.

Each team had two hundred-yard receivers, a hundred-yard rusher and a 400-yard passer.

They combined for more points and yards than any two teams in Clemson history.

Tajh Boyd set an ACC record with eight touchdowns - five passing and three rushing, and a Clemson record for total offense. And Sammy Watkins broke his own personal record by catching 11 passes in the second half.

But the biggest single play, and pivotal point, in Clemson's 62-48 victory over N.C. State came, unlikely as it seems, from a pair of defensive ends.

Up by 10, 34-24, after losing a 13-0 lead and rallying from a 24-13 deficit, the Tigers were anything but in control.

That was until Malliciah Goodman broke through N.C. State's pass protection, sacked Wolfpack quarterback Mike Glennon and knocked the football loose inside the State 35, where Corey Crawford recovered for the Tigers.

Four plays later, the Tigers were in the end zone - via a 19-yard pass from Boyd to Brandon Ford and a nine-yard Boyd keeper, and the Clemson had a lead big enough to change the thinking of both teams.

It was the 28th straight point for the Tigers, pushed the halftime lead to 41-24, and was part of a game-deciding 42-0 blitz.

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