Clemson received to start the second half. The Tigers picked up one first down before they punted it back to Wake Forest. After a 39 yard Dawson Zimmerman punt, Wake Forest started its first drive of the second half on its own 37.
Wake Forest took advantage of a defensive holding call that negated a Clemson interception followed and a face mask penalty to move the ball inside the Tiger 20. A few plays later the Demon Deacons faced a forth and inches inside the Clemson five yard line. Jim Grobe went for it and the Tigers stuffed the quarterback keeper. The stop gave Clemson the ball back and kept the Tigers lead intact at 14-7 with 11:33 left in the quarter.
The Clemson offense was only able to move the ball out to the 12 yard line before they were forced to punt. Dawson Zimmerman’s kick was returned 50 yards by Wake Forest flanker Mike Campanaro for a Demon Deacons touchdown. Following the extra point the score was tied at 14 with 9:43 left in the third quarter.
On the ensuing possession Clemson running back Andre Ellington fumbled a second down carry on the Tigers’ 26 yard line. It was recovered by Wake Forest setting up a short field for the Demon Deacons. Two plays later Brandon Pendegrass scored on a 19 yard running play to put Wake on top 21-14 with 8:06 to play.
Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd threw an interception on the Tigers next possession. That pick gave Wake the ball back on the Clemson 45 yard line. It only took the Deacons four plays to score another touchdown. Pendegrass found the end zone on a 33 yard run to put Wake up 28-14 with 5:32 left in the quarter.
Clemson cut Wake’s lead in half with a touchdown on its next possession. The Tigers went 68 yards in 10 plays with the drive ending in a seven yard touchdown pass from Tajh Boyd to Brandon Ford. That made the score 28-21 Wake Forest.
Third quarter score: Wake Forest 28, Clemson 21