Games against Wake Forest have had a significant place in Clemson football history. The Tigers scored a school record 82 points against the Demon Deacons in their national championship season of 1981. On his way to setting the school record for wins at 165, Frank Howard tied the existing record with a win over Wake. And it was a loss to Wake Forest in 2008 that led to the firing of Tommy Bowden mid-season and the elevation of Dabo Swinney to head coach.
The rest, as they say, is history.
Swinney made history Saturday with the Tigers 17-12 win over the Deacons tying Howard for the most wins as a Clemson head coach. He can break the tie a week from Saturday in Miami. After Saturday’s win, Swinney shared his thoughts about what the coaching record at Clemson means to him.