Coming into Saturday’s game Clemson players and coaches hyped up Wake Forest as a legitimate contender in the division and highlighted the team’s improvement from its past. While the Demon Deacons are much improved the second-ranked Tigers had little trouble on Saturday afternoon.
Clemson shut down Wake Forest winning 28-14 on homecoming in Memorial Stadium. Clemson’s offense showed good production despite a pair of turnover totaling 453 yards of total offense.
Wake Forest (4-2, 1-2 ACC) entered the game allowing an average of 185 yards per game through the air. Clemson passed for 263 yards on Saturday with the majority of production coming from its starting quarterback Kelly Bryant.
Bryant did not have a perfect game on Saturday but did what he had to do for the Tigers (6-0, 4-0 ACC) to walk away with another Atlantic Division victory. He finished the day 21-of-29 for 200 yards with an interception and 39 yards on the ground and a fumble.
The pair of turnovers proved inconsequential and Bryant executed well enough to lead Clemson to a win.
The Calhoun Falls, S.C., native got off to a quick start leading the Tigers to scores on each of their first two drives.
To begin the game Bryant opened up with a first-down completion to Hunter Renfrow before rushing for another first down. He finished the drive completing a deep ball on a fade route to Deon Cain for 28 yards and his only touchdown.
On the second drive, Bryant delivered with a 15-yard strike to Hunter Renfrow on third down to extend the drive and later hit Diondre Overton for 18 yards to set up an Adam Choice touchdown run.
Following his interception in the third quarter Bryant led another commanding drive to give Clemson a 21-0 advantage. Bryant completed a pair of first-down passes and rushed for 8 yards to set up a 1 yard touchdown run for Travis Etienne.
Unfortunately for Clemson, Bryant left following that drive due to an injury. It appeared to be a left ankle injury and he did not return for the remainder of the game.
Bryant does not have much time to recover as Clemson returns to action in just six days as they travel to New York to face Syracuse in the Carrier Dome on Friday.