Clemson crushes Wake Forest to stay alive in ACC race
Wake Forest hung around for awhile, but Clemson ended up pulling away in the second half of its 48-27 victory over the Demon Deacons on Saturday.
The Tigers led by just seven at halftime, but forced multiple second-half turnovers that helped stall Wake Forest’s explosive offense. Clemson’s offense also played its best game of the season, scoring on five consecutive drives — including 4 touchdowns — to end the game.
Running backs Kobe Pace and Will Shipley did most of the damage, leading the Tigers to 333 rushing yards on the day. Shipley also threw for a touchdown in the first half.
Receiver Beaux Collins was sensational, catching 4 passes for 137 yards and 1 touchdown. His day included a one-handed grab down the left sideline that ended up being a score.
Wake Forest was able to move the ball through the air, as expected. Sam Hartman threw for 312 yards on the day, but he needed 43 passes to do it. The other problem for the Demon Deacons came in the running game, as they gained just 36 yards on 31 carries.
This result sets up an intriguing week in the ACC Atlantic next Saturday. Wake Forest can still clinch the division with a win at Boston College. But if the Demon Deacons fall again, NC State would be in position to go to the ACC title game. If the Wolfpack drop a game in either of the next two weeks, then it would be Clemson who would be in line for a trip to Charlotte.