Clemson coach Tommy Bowden started his post-game news conference by apologizing to N.C. State coach Tom O'Brien for the behavior of some fans.
Bowden said a couple Clemson fans taunted O'Brien as the coaches met on the field for the post-game handshake.
“It's a very intense time for a coach after a game and (he's) a very competitive guy, so I apologize to him for those two idiots,” Bowden said.
“We've got 85,000 great fans, and just a few that ruin it for everybody.”
Clemson fans shouting for a horse-collar tackle penalty on N.C. State's Justin Byers in the first quarter apparently were off base.
ACC officiating supervisor Doug Rhoads, who was in the press box, said a horse-collar penalty wasn't warranted. He said Byers grabbed the back of Jacoby Ford's jersey but didn't pull him down from inside the neck of the jersey or shoulder pads.
Despite injuries to Jamelle Eugene and Toney Baker, N.C. State is getting strong production from its running backs.
Andre Brown and Curtis Underwood combined for 110 rushing yards with seven catches for 69 yards.
“We're all good backs, and I feel we're all very capable of doing the job,” Brown said.