1. 'Don't beat us'
After four turnovers and 10 penalties in a narrow 23-21 win over Richmond on Sept. 7, N.C. State coach Dave Doeren had clear message to his team in practice the past two weeks: "Don't beat us."
The Tigers are good enough on their own without any help, so the Wolfpack can ill afford a repeat of the self-induced mistakes made against Richmond.
2. Pressure Tajh Boyd
Real simple, in 2011 the Wolfpack defense turned up the pressure on the Clemson quarterback and forced three turnovers, which led to a thorough 37-13 whipping of the seventh-ranked Tigers in their last visit to Carter-Finley Stadium.
Last year, Boyd had time to ruminate about why his mom put the "j" before the "h" in his first name and he carved up the Wolfpack defense for 531 yards of total offense and eight touchdowns.
3. Find Vic Beasley
The Clemson defensive end, who was the main force on defense in the Tigers' 38-35 season-opening win over Georgia, had three sacks and forced fumble in last year's 62-48 win over the Wolfpack.
With the status of left tackle Rob Crisp in doubt (with an undisclosed injury), keeping Beasley away from the quarterback will have to be a group effort by the offensive line and running backs.
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