WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Clemson scored on its first four possessions to start the game as quarterback Deshaun Watson ran for two touchdowns and threw for another for a 28-10 lead at the break.
Running back Wayne Gallman also scored on a 42-yard touchdown on the Tigers’ first offensive possession and rushed for 98 yards on eight carries. Watson finished the first half 17-of-23 for 149 yards, including a 15-yard touchdown pass to Mike Williams.
Clemson’s defense held Wake to 27 total yards in the first quarter, including just one-yard rushing. Wake was 0 for its first seven third downs. They finished the half 1-for-9 on third down.
On the Tigers’ first possession, Gallman rushed ran for 42 yards on a fourth-and-one play. Gallman broke the initial line of defense and out ran the secondary for the score with 11:24 to go in the opening half.
Watson made the score 14-0 with a three-yard touchdown on third-and-goal with 6:22 to go in the first. The touchdown run capped a seven-play, 59-yard drive.
Williams extend the lead to 21-0 with 1:10 to play in the opening quarter with a 15-yard touchdown on a fade to the end zone. Williams had four catches for 53 yards in the first half.
At one point, the Tigers converted on seven straight third down conversions and extend the lead to 28-0 with 12:44 to play in the half when Watson ran in from two yards out.
Wake Forest finally got things going when Ray Ray McCloud muffed a punt at the Clemson 27-yard line. Mike Weaver then nailed a 42-yard field goal four plays later to get on the board.
A 41-yard pass to tight end Cam Serigne set the Demon Deacons up deep in Clemson territory and running back Cade Carney finished the drive off with a 1-yard touchdown run. That made the score 28-10 with 3:31 to play in the half.
Clemson finished the opening half with 267 yards, while the defense held Wake to 93 total yards, including 31 rushing yards.