TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — After leaving the NC State game with a concussion, Clemson running back Wayne Gallman made his return known during No. 3 Clemson’s 37-34 win over No. 14 Florida State in Doak Campbell Stadium on Saturday night in Tallahassee, Florida.
“It felt great. I have had so much energy,” Gallman said. “These past two weeks, I just have not been able to contain myself so getting back out there has felt really good. I hate being on the sideline.”
Gallman finished with a total of 84 yards and two touchdowns in the Tigers’ win on Saturday. One of his touchdowns came at the beginning of the first quarter as he scored on a one-yard run. His other was on a two-yard plunge with 11:30 to play in the game, which at the time pulled Clemson within two points.
“I was asking for the rock and I hope it keeps coming. I know the backs can make a difference,” Gallman said. “We never want to go into the game expecting to lose. The goal is to obviously win. If we are down, we are going to try our best to win. If we are up we are going to try our best to win,” Gallman said.
And that is what they did. Battling it out with Florida State all night, the Tigers refused to give up on the road even when it looked bad after falling behind eight points, 28-20, with 43 seconds left to play in the third quarter on a 70-yard Dalvin Cook touchdown.
Following Gallman’s own two-yard score and a 46-yard Greg Huegel field goal that gave it a brief lead, Clemson still had to rally following another Cooke touchdown, his fourth of the night, with 3:23 to play in the game.
However, with 2:06 left in the the Tigers got a Jordan Leggett 34–yard touchdown pass from quarterback Deshaun Watson for what turned out to be the winning touchdown.
After getting the ball back, the Seminoles (5-3, 2-3 ACC) drove the ball to the Clemson 35-yard line put procedure penalties plus back-to-back sacks by linebacker Ben Boulware and defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence sealed the Tigers’ win.
“I remember I told one of the guys, you know we have 40 seconds left. We haven’t won yet until that clock runs out,” the senior said.
The Tigers’ win makes it their first at Doak Campbell Stadium since 2006.
“My freshman year, I remember we came here and we lost in overtime and I will never forget all the Florida State fans chanting as we went into the locker room. That hurt. I couldn’t tell you how many people were crying in that locker room, but just to come out here and win it is just a good feeling,” Gallman said.