WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Wayne Gallman isn’t the kind of guy to brag about himself. It’s not who he is. So to get a feeling on how he felt about setting Clemson’s all-time mark for career 100-yard games, one has to go to the source where it always begins for a running back – his offensive line.
“That makes me so happy for him. The guy works so hard,” an emotional Jay Guillermo said following No. 4 Clemson’s 35-13 victory over Wake Forest on Saturday at BB&T Field in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. “Day in and day out there is never a day off for him. There is not another team-player like Wayne Gallman.
“I will tell you one thing, if he is not getting as many touches that a lot of people think he should be getting, you don’t hear a peep from him. He does not complain. He just goes to work. That is why he has that record.”
That record is now 16 career rushing games with at least 100 yards. Gallman rushed for a season-high 161 yards on 22 carries against the Demon Deacons, pacing Clemson’s 254 yards on the ground.
Gallman broke Raymond Priester’s record of 15 100-yard games, which he set between the years of 1994-’97.
“It’s nice, but it’s because of my offensive line. They are the ones up there blocking and opening the holes for me,” said Gallman, who also had two rushing touchdowns on Saturday.
When asked if the offensive line should get credit for Gallman’s record as well, Guillermo said, “We pave the way, but he does the running.
“Once again, all the credit goes to him. Obviously, we are proud, just because we were able to help him get there, but at the end of the day, he is the one running the football. He has great vision, he is a power runner and he does a really good job.”
Gallman also surpassed 3,000 career rushing yards on a 42-yard touchdown run on Clemson’s opening drive. He is the sixth runner in school history to reach 3,000 yards. Gallman now has 3,125 career rushing yards, putting him fifth in Clemson history. He passed Travis Zachery (1998-01) on the career list.
Guillermo speaks out. The Clemson center said he was not happy with what people have been saying about the offensive line the last week and they wanted to come out against Wake Forest and show people what they could do.
Last week, the Tigers rushed for just 50 yards against Pitt. Clemson came back on Saturday and rushed for a season-high 254 yards as a team in the win over Wake Forest.
“I know as an offensive line we are tired of hearing how soft we are and how bad we are and how we cannot block nobody and push anyone back. I now as an offensive line we came in and we knew what we could do and we did it. We wanted to dominate and I believe we did,” Guillermo said.
Atlantic Division Champs: Clemson won its second straight ACC Atlantic Division title (shared with Louisville), and fifth in eight seasons (shared in 2013) under head coach Dabo Swinney. The Tigers also produced the program’s sixth consecutive 10-win season. The program had six total prior to Swinney’s appointment as head coach in 2008.
Road Warriors. The Tigers have now won their last 10 road games, the nation’s third-longest active streak behind Alabama and Oklahoma (11). Clemson finished its second straight regular season with a perfect road record (5-0).
Clemson scored 21 first quarter points and has outscored its opponents 70-3 on the road in the opening quarter this season. It was the fifth time this season the Tigers scored at least 21 points in a quarter.
Not perfect, but close. Clemson finished with over 200 rushing and 200 passing yards, the fourth occurrence this season. The program is now 79-0-1 all time when posting 200 of both in the same game.
Two from the century mark. Quarterback Deshaun Watson accounted for three scores Saturday, putting him just two shy of becoming the second player (Tajh Boyd) in program history responsible for 100 touchdowns.
Watson finished with 249 yards of total offense, pushing his career mark to 10,579 yards. He is now fourth in ACC history for total offense, trailing only Philip Rivers of NC State, Boyd and Joe Hamilton of Georgia Tech.
Two is better than one: Wide receiver Mike Williams went over 1,000 receiving yards on a 15-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter. Williams joins Rod Gardner and Sammy Watkins as the only players in Clemson history with two seasons of at least 1,000 receiving yards.