CLEMSON, South Carolina (Ticker) -- Jad Dean kicked four field goals and the Clemson defense forced six turnovers in a 26-20 victory over Atlantic Coast Conference rival North Carolina State.
Dean was perfect on the day, converting from 21, 36, 42 and 47 yards for the Tigers, who have won three straight games following a four-game losing streak.
Clemson (4-4, 3-3 ACC) had forced only six turnovers all season but pressured Jay Davis into five interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown and one that clinched the win.
Eric Coleman gave Clemson its first lead, 10-3, when he intercepted a pass by Davis and raced 20 yards for a score just under three minutes into the second quarter.
Clemson's other TD came when Charlie Whitehurst, who completed 14-of-33 passes for 183 yards, hit Airese Currie with a 24-yard pass early in the third quarter to give the Tigers a 17-10 edge.
North Carolina State (4-4, 3-3) outgained Clemson, 381-267, but was unable to overcome the turnovers. The Wolfpack drove to the Clemson 12 in the final seconds but Davis threw his fifth interception of the day to defensive end Charles Bennett on 4th-and-10.
Davis completed 24-of-45 passes for 255 yards and one touchdown. The Wolfpack got a pair of TDs from Reggie Davis, who caught a five-yard pass midway through the second quarter and added a 10-yard run in the third that pulled North Carolina State within 23-17.