Clemson has a two-touchdown lead at the break, but it feels like it should have been more.
The Tigers, who lead 14-0, came out hitting on all cylinders to start the game, scoring touchdowns on each of its first two possessions, while the defense was suffocating the entire half.
But the Tigers sputtered in the second quarter as Alex Spence hit the left upright on a 42-yard field goal attempt, and then quarterback Kelly Bryant fumbled on another potential scoring drive.
Clemson also had a holding call on Diondre Overton on the next possession that negated a Bryant first-down run, and then tight end D.J. Greenlee was called for a pass inference penalty on the next possession that cost the Tigers again on another potential scoring drive.
Clemson jumped out to a 7-0 lead on its first drive of the game thanks to a 28-yard touchdown pass from Kelly Bryant to Deon Cain. The drive covered 75 yards on seven plays at took 2:01.
The Tigers went up tempo on their first drive and Bryant executed with efficiency for their first touchdown. Bryant completed an 11-yard pass to Hunter Renfrow on the first play. The drive culminated in the 28-yard pass to Deon Cain on a fade rout to give Clemson the 7-0 lead with 12:59 to play in the first quarter.
Clemson gained a 14-0 advantage on its second drive on a four-yard run from running back Adam Choice. The drive lasted 5:07, covering 76 yards on 12 plays.
The Tigers again showed urgency on their second drive putting together a balanced attack. Bryant completed a pair of passes on third down to extend the drive, including a 15-yard pass down the middle to Renfrow on third-and-eleven. An 18-yard pass in the middle of the field to Overton put Clemson at the five where Adam Choice finished off the drive with a touchdown run.
Wake Forest had an opportunity to score after a 43-yard pass to wide receiver Greg Dortch plus a 15-yard personal foul penalty on the Tigers. However, kicker Mike Weaver missed his first field goal of the year from 34 yards out, keeping the Demon Deacons off the board.
Bryant led Clemson 152 yards passing on 18-of-24 passing, while also running for 31 yards on 10 carries. Tavien Feaster had 44 yards on seven carries, while Cain had three catches for 31 yards and Renfrow five for 32.
Clemson finished the first half with 285 total yards, but 206 were in the opening quarter. The defense limited Wake to 131 total yards and 2-of-7 on third down. The Tigers were 6-of-11 on third down and had 17 first downs to Wake’s six.
Clemson had 128 rushing yards and 157 passing yards.
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