The second quarter began with Clemson facing a third and five from its own 45 yard line. The Tigers converted courtesy of an 18 yard pas completion to Jaron Brown. That moved the ball to the Wake Forest 37 yard line. After picking up just two yards on the next three plays, Dabo Swinney opted to go for it on fourth and eight. The gamble paid off with a completion to Sammy Watkins and a first down. However, the drive ended on the next play when Tajh Boyd threw an interception on a short screen pass that was returned six yards by Zach Thompson to the Clemson 36.
The Clemson defense forced Wake Forest to punt three plays later. After the punt, Clemson reclaimed possession on its own 20 yard line. From there the Tigers put together their second scoring drive of the afternoon. A 13 play drive, 5:39 second drive ended with a one yard touchdown run by Andre Ellington, his second score of the day. The extra point put Clemson up 14-7 with 5:46 left in the half.
Wake Forest moved the ball into Clemson territory on its next possession, but the drive stalled on the Tigers 30. The Demon Deacons attempted a 47 yard field goal, missing badly. It was the first time this season a team has missed a field goal against Clemson. Teams were 10-10 until the 47 yard miss.
Clemson went three-and-out on its next possession and Wake Forest opted to run out the clock to end the half.
Second quarter score: Clemson 14, Wake Forest 7