No. 1 Clemson dominates Wake Forest to reach 11-0

clemfoot-21Top-ranked Clemson defeated Wake Forest 33-13 on Saturday, moving the Tigers to 11-0 for the first time since 1981.

“I’m excited to be 11-0,” said head coach Dabo Swinney. “That’s what this senior group has done…they’ve won and made this program better and they’re leaving it better than when they came, which is what a legacy is all about. We have state championship week now and a chance to go 12-0, so we have to play our best game of the year, and we are going to prepare to do that.”

The Tiger defense lit the fire early with a caused fumble by Ben Boulware, which was recovered by Kevin Dodd. Overall, the defense allowed only 152 yards.

Deshaun Watson ignited the offense by completing 24-35 passes with four touchdowns in the first half. The offense totaled 552 yards, including 381 passing and 171 rushing.

Deon Cain joined Sammy Watkins in becoming the second first-year freshman in Clemson history to record a touchdown in four consecutive games.

After an electric first half, the Tigers took a more relaxed approach in the second half, allowing more of their players to see action on the field.

Clemson finished the ACC regular season with an 8-0 record for the first time in history.

The Tigers’ next contest is Saturday, November 28 at Williams-Brice Stadium against South Carolina. Kickoff is set for noon.

Photo courtesy of CU Athletics

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