RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina State cornerback Dontae Johnson knows the Wolfpack secondary will face a tough challenge from No. 11 Clemson's powerful passing attack.
N.C. State (6-4, 3-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) surrendered big passing numbers in losses to Tennessee, Miami and North Carolina. It regrouped with a dominating defensive performance against Wake Forest over the weekend to become bowl eligible.
But the Tigers have a pair of game-changing receivers in DeAndre Hopkins and Sammy Watkins. Hopkins has nearly 1,100 yards receiving and 14 touchdowns this year.
In addition, quarterback Tajh Boyd leads the league in passing yardage and passing efficiency while completing 68% of his passes.
N.C. State cornerback Dontae Johnson says the secondary must keep receivers in front of them to avoid giving up big plays over their heads.
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