CLEMSON, S.C. -- Ben Boulware said he is tired of his intensity being mislabled as dirty.The Clemson linebacker promises not to ease up when the third-ranked Tigers (6-0, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) take on North Carolina State (4-1, 1-0) on Saturday.Boulware came under scrutiny two weeks ago when he was caught on camera putting a headlock on Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson at the end of a play. Last week, Boulware was called for a targeting penalty -- which was overturned on review -- on a shoulder-high hit on Boston College quarterback Patrick Bowles.Boulware worried his image has been skewed from tough-minded defender to cheap-shot artist.People are saying that Im like the most hated player in college football and Im dirty, Boulware said this week. People saying that are just jumping to conclusions.Boulware is a leader on a young defense ranked ninth in the country despite losing seven starters from last years ACC champions and national title runners up. The senior was taught to play the game fullout and wont dial it down for anyone.He said he was simply holding onto Jackson to prevent him from making a play.Were not playing golf or tennis, Boulware said. This is an aggressive sport. You can see that Im annoyed by it because its been blowing up the past two weeks.Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said theres nothing dirty about Boulware, except maybe that beard hes got.North Carolina State has relied on its strong defense this season to be the only other ACC Atlantic team without a league loss. The Wolfpack are eighth nationally and held Notre Dame to three points in soggy, 10-3 victory playing under Hurricane Matthews soaking rains.NC State coach Dave Doeren said the defense has steadily improved over his four seasons in charge and he believes his team is better equipped to challenge Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson and the teams high-powered attack.You have to look at improvements weve had since Ive gotten here, he said. 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DETROIT --?Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford suffered a PIP (proximal interphalangeal) joint dislocation and torn ligaments to the middle finger of his throwing hand Sunday and will be required to play the rest of the season with a glove, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.The top of Staffords finger was bent downward at a 90-degree angle and he had no control over the top part of digit, the source said.Stafford had the finger taped up, and while the injury would sideline many, he is determined to bring a division title to Detroit and lead the Lions into the playoffs.But just as?Oakland Raiders?quarterback Derek Carr has been playing with a glove to protect a dislocated finger, Stafford now will have to do the same.Stafford injured the finger in the first quarter of Sundays 20-17 win over Chicago when his right hand clapped hands with Chicagos Leonard Floyd on a play in which he also was called for intentional grounding.Stafford went to the sideline after the drive, put a glove on his right hand and then started throwing with the glove. He played with it the rest of the game but said it affected his grip and the velocity on his throws.Was just trying to figure out what was the best way to manage it, Stafford said. You know, the training room guys, the equipment staff, everybody did a great job. Got me all ready to go, and then I just, I havent thrown with one in a long time. Trying to get the feel back was a little difficult.ddddddddddddStafford ended up completing 21 of 35 passes for 223 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions and rushed four times for 15 yards, including the winning touchdown.Stafford also had his first red zone interception since Week 16 of the 2014 season and threw his first interception that was returned for a touchdown this year.Four of his interceptions this season have come against the Bears. He has three combined against every other team hes faced.Just tried to play through it, Stafford said. Play as good as I could. I let those guys know that it may not be pretty coming in there, but those guys made some great plays for me. Obviously didnt play as well as I can.You know, those two turnovers hurt us, but our defense played great. Then we were able to put together a drive late to go win it.The Lions also got linebacker DeAndre Levy back for the first time since he injured a knee in Week 1. Levy said he knew going into the game that he would play a limited number of snaps, and Lions coach Jim Caldwell said it would be insane to play Levy a full complement of snaps since he hasnt played since Week 1.Levy said his knee felt all right Saturday and then felt better Sunday morning, so he knew hed be able to play.Information from ESPNs Adam Schefter was used in this report. 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