WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Clemson is 30 minutes away from defending its ACC Atlantic Division title, though Wake Forest gathered a little momentum midway through the second quarter.
The Tigers lead 28-10 at the orange slices and will receive the second-half kickoff on a breezy, bitterly-cold night at BB&T Field.
Running back Wayne Gallman has racked up 96 yards on eight carries, including a 42-yard touchdown scamper on fourth down to cap Clemson’s first drive. Quarterback Deshaun Watson has completed 17 of 23 passes for 149 yards and a touchdown, in addition to two short rushing touchdowns on the ground. Mike Williams hauled in a back-shoulder fade throw on third down for a 15-yard score, Williams’ seventh touchdown this year.
Clemson is outgaining Wake Forest 267-93, and has 11 first downs to just four for the Demon Deacons. Both teams have nine third-down plays; the Tigers have six conversions to Wake’s one.
However, as the Tigers were leading 28-0 and ready to regain possession, returner Ray-Ray McCloud coughed up a punt return (his second muff of the night) and Wake Forest recovered on the Clemson 28-yard-line. The Demon Deacons got a field goal out of the deal and seized momentum, followed by a 64-yard touchdown drive to draw closer to Clemson.