Can Tigers rekindle their big-play magic against Wolfpack defense?

Clemson's offensive will be looking for more 'chunk' yardage tonight against N.C. State

Clemson wide receiver Martavis Bryant runs to the end zone after completing a catch in the fourth quarter.

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Clemson wide receiver Martavis Bryant runs to the end zone after completing a catch in the fourth quarter.

Are the Tigers ready to make a big-play breakthrough?

They'll be hoping so when they square off against N.C. State tonight at Carter-Finley Stadium in the ACC opener for both teams.

Clemson's big-strike game hasn't been absent, by any means, in the first two games of the season; but with Tajh Boyd at the controls and the likes of Sammy Watkins, Martavis Bryant and Rod McDowell at the skill positions, the Tigers are undoubtedly hoping for more than they've see so far.

In the Georgia game, Clemson's big-play output included a 77-yard touchdown catch-and-run connection between Boyd and Watkins - the longest such play for either Tiger - and a Boyd-to-Zac Brooks 31-yard TD strike.

The Tigers had two long runs from scrimmage - scampers of 17 and 36 yards by McDowell in the third and fourth quarters.

On the offensive side, Clemson was relatively quiet on the big-play front in their second-week game against S.C. State.

The Tigers had two pass plays of more than 25 yards - one by Boyd to Bryant and the other by Cole Stoudt to Germone Hopper. Their longest runs included a 19-yard gain by D.J. Howard and a 14-yard rush by C.J. Davidson.

Nationally, through the first two games of the season, the Tigers rank no better than 90th in plays of 10, 20 or 30 yards or more.

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