Clemson clinched its second ACC Atlantic division title in three years with a come from behind win over Wake Forest Saturday afternoon in Death Valley. Chandler Catanzaro hit a 43 yard field goal as time expired to give the Tigers a 31-28 victory over the Demon Deacons. The kick capped a 14 point second half comeback.
Clemson is no stranger to coming from behind this season. The Tigers rallied from double digits to beat Auburn and Maryland this season. Saturday’s win moves Clemson to 9-1 this season. It is the first time they have gone unbeaten at home since the 1990 campaign. It’s the first time in school history they have won seven home games in a season.
The Tigers completed their comeback Saturday without their most explosive offensive weapon. Sammy Watkins left the game late in the third quarter with a shoulder injury and did not return. Following the game Swinney said Watkins had a bruised AC joint. According to Swinney, the injury is not serious and Watkins could be back for next week’s game at N.C. State.
The news isn’t as optimistic for offensive lineman Phillip Price. The starting left tackle injured his knee in the third quarter. Swinney thought it was an MCL injury, but wasn’t sure. An MRI is scheduled and his status will be updated tomorrow.
Clemson will face N.C. State next Saturday in a game that is meaningless in terms of the ACC race, although the 10 win threshold will certainly be motivation. The kick off time for the game in Raleigh will be announced early Sunday.