Clemson needed to get back on track Saturday night in Winston-Salem and that’s exactly what the Tigers did in a 35-13 win over Wake Forest. The win erased the sting of last week’s loss to Pitt and clinched another Atlantic Division title and spot in the December 3rd ACC Championship game.
Clemson came out of the gate on a mission. The Tigers scored a touchdown on each of their first four possessions, including three in the first quarter. Wayne Gallman started the scoring with a 42 yard touchdown run on a 4th-and-one play on the opening possession of the game. Deshaun Watson scored on a three yard run on the Tigers second drive. Watson hit Mike Williams on a 15 yard touchdown pass for the third score. Clemson out gained Wake Forest 192 to 27 in the opening 15 minutes.
Clemson scored on its forth possesion when Deshaun Watson ran it in from 2 yards out to put the Tigers up 28-0 in early in the second quarter. Then came the first and only major hiccup of the game. Ray-Ray McCloud muffed a punt and that set up the Demon Deacons for their first score of the game. That field goal was the first of 13 unanswered points and that made the game at least appear somewhat respectable. That said, there was never any question that Clemson was a in control.
Gallman finished with 22 carries for 161 yards and two scores. It was his 16th career 100 plus yard game, a Clemson record. He put the game away with a one yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
Deshaun Watson had modest, but effective numbers. He completed 23-33 passes for 202 yards and a score. He rushed for another 47 yards with two scores. With the game in check he sat the final six minutes of the fourth quarter.
A week after giving up 43 points to Pitt, the Clemson defense bounced back with a solid outing against Wake Forest. The Deacons offense to 197 total yards and nine first downs.
DABO SWINNEY OPENING STATEMENT:
DABO SWINNEY ON RAY-RAY MCCLOUD’S MUFED PUNT:
DABO SWINNEY LOOKING AHEAD TO USC GAME: