The Clemson Tigers won their first road game of the year as the defeated Wake Forest 30-10 Saturday afternoon at BB&T Field. The win makes the Tigers bowl eligible. The margin of victory was the most for the Tigers at Wake Forest since 1978.
“It was a good solid win. Better late than never for us to break through and finally get that road win that’s been escaping us all season long. It was a really good second half for us. We talked about it at halftime, trying to put the game away,” said Swinney.
Kyle Parker played perhaps the best game of his career as his completion percentage was the best in the ACC in eight years. Parker finished 15-17 for 194 yards and two touchdowns.
Tajh Boyd saw significant playing time in the second half. Boyd was 4-8 for 37 yards and one interception on the day.
Jamie Harper had another outstanding performance for the Tigers. Harper carried the ball 24 times for 142 yards including a 63 yard touchdown. Jamie also added 39 yard receiving on three catches.
Once again the Clemson defense was dominant. The Tigers held Wake Forest to 54 yards rushing and only 151 through the air. For the sixth week in a row Clemson only gave up one touchdown. The Clemson career record is seven which was set by the 1981 National Championship Team.
Coach Grobe believes the Tigers may have the best defense in the ACC.
“Give Clemson credit. There are some really good defenses in the league, but I don’t know that there’s any defense better than the one we played,” said Grobe.
DaQuan Bowers stands just one sack away from setting the Clemson single season record. Bowers had two sacks Saturday afternoon and now has 15.5 on the season.
The Tigers got on the board with 10:44 to go in the first quarter on a 43 yard field goal by Chander Catanzaro. With 8:06 to go in the half Catanzaro nailed another field goal, this one 22 yards.
Perhaps the play of the game came with 46 seconds to go in the first half. Clemson finally found the endzone as Kyle Parker passed 40 yards to Jaron Brown in the endzone.
The Tigers found the endzone again in the third quarter as Kyle Parker hit DeAndre Hopkins in the back of the endzone for a two yard score.
With 13:52 to go in the final quarter Catanzaro hit a 32 yard field goal. Jamie Harper finished Clemson’s scoring with a 63 yard touchdown run with 8:15 to go in the game.
With the win Clemson moves to 6-5 on the season and finish the ACC 4-4. Next week the Tigers finish the regular season as South Carolina comes to Death Valley.