Dabo Swinney won't be using N.C. State's 2012 ambush of unbeaten, third-ranked Florida State to help motivate his Tigers for their upcoming trip to Carter-Finley Stadium.
The Tigers have their own horrid history, thank you.
Two years ago, Clemson sailed into Raleigh ranked seventh in the nation, having just wrapped up the ACC Atlantic Division title and on its way to the school's first conference title in 20 years.
The Tigers limped home after a 37-13 shellacking that included a pair of giveaways for points, a long punt return, and a 27-point second-quarter outburst by the Wolfpack.
"We went up there last time and got our tails handed to us, so we don't have to look any further than ourselves," said Swinney. "It's a very difficult place to play, and our last experience up there was not good.
"We played one of our worst games of the year that year, and we won the league. It was a very disappointing night. I think we had about five turnovers, I believe, three of them inside our own 20. That's a recipe for disaster, and that's what it was.
"We'll have to play much, much better to have a chance to win this game."
Clemson had won seven straight in the series before losing to the Wolfpack in 2011, but not all the victories came easy.
After trailing all game, the Tigers needed a late touchdown and a last-play PBU to edge the Wolfpack 14-13 at Death Valley in 2010.
Then last season, Clemson needed most of its 62 points to negate State's 493 yards passing and nearly 300 return yards.
Swinney expects another test on Thursday from a new-look Wolfpack team under coach Dave Doeren (who, incidentally, has never lost a home game in his brief head coaching career).
Offensively, Swinney says the Wolfpack "do a lot of things similar to what we do."
"They're very dynamic," he said. "I've been impressed with what I've seen so far with them on film, how they're using their personnel."
Swinney descibed State's defensive line as "probably the best we've played."
"They're very active, very fast off the ball," he said. "They play incredibly hard. We're going to have to have our A game when we go on the road."