Wake Forest started the fourth quarter with a first down on its own 42 yard line. The Demon Deacons moved across midfield into Clemson territory before the drive stalled and they were forced to punt. That punt was downed on the Clemson three yard line where the Tigers took over.
Just before the fourth quarter Clemson officials announced they would not have Sammy Watkins for the rest of the game because of an “upper body” injury. Clemson moved the ball to its own 33 where it faced a fourth and inches situation. Dabo Swinney rolled the dice and ran a quarterback sneak with Tajh Boyd, but Wake Forest stuffed the play and took over on downs.
Wake Forest drove to the Clemson15 before they were stopped on third down and forced to attempt a 32 yard field goal. The kick was wide left, keeping the score at 28-21.
After the missed field goal Clemson took over on its own 20. Tajh Boyd led the Tigers down the field with another 10 play drive that ended with a 10 yard touchdown pass to Jaron Brown. The extra point tied the game at 28 with 5:27 left to play.
The Clemson defense did its job on the next possession, forcing a three-and-out for Wake Forest. The Demon Deacons punted from their own 15 and Clemson took over on their own 48 with 3:58 to play.
Clemson moved the ball to the 12 yard line, but came up short on a third and five conversion. Facing a fourth and inches play Swinney opted for the field goal attempt. Chandler Cantanzaro missed the kick though, and Wake took over on its own 20.
After forcing a Wake Forest punt Clemson took over on its own 33 with :43 left and two time outs. Tajh Boyd hit Dwayne Allen for 16 yards on first down, and then found Allen again for 17 more yards on the next play. That gave Clemson the ball on the Wake 34 with 15 seconds to play. After an eight yard completion to the Wake 26 the Tigers burned a timeout with seven seconds to play.
From there Chandler Catanzaro had a 43 yarder to win the game. He hit it to give the Tigers a 31-28 lead as time expired.
Final score: Clemson 31, Wake Forest 28