GAMEDAY College Football

Clemson 51, Wake Forest 45

(AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

By AARON BEARD
AP Sports Writer

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - DJ Uiagalelei kept delivering the ball on target downfield for No. 5 Clemson in a shootout with No. 21 Wake Forest.

That offered enough cover for a defense that struggled for stops - right up until finally coming up with the winning play to cap a double-overtime classic.

Nate Wiggins broke up Sam Hartman's fourth-down pass in the end zone to help the Tigers hold off the Demon Deacons 51-45. That marked their 14th straight win in the series, this one coming in a tense road game pairing two of the Atlantic Coast Conference's top teams.

Uiagalelei threw for 375 yards and five touchdowns to lead Clemson (4-0, 2-0 ACC), including the go-ahead score over the middle to Davis Allen to start the second overtime.

"Honestly, man, that was a crazy game," Uiagalelei said, adding: "You could just see the heart of our team - the heart of the offense, the heart of the defense. When plays had to be made, we made the plays. That just shows a great sign of a good football team."

Or, at the least, plenty of perseverance - particularly for Wiggins.

He had been targeted frequently by Hartman and the Wake Forest receivers but came through to knock away Hartman's final ball for A.T. Perry. He fell to the end zone turf, then sprung up to join his team in celebration after a wild shootout between the reigning Atlantic Division champion Demon Deacons and the preseason league favorite Tigers.

Before that stop, Wiggins had thrice been flagged for pass interference in an injury-battered secondary and was beaten on Donavon Greene's 25-yard TD haul.

"The only good thing about the game (defensively) is we gave up six touchdown passes - we didn't give up seven," Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said with a chuckle. "That's the only good thing I can say. And they never quit and they kept battling and they played one more play - and Nate came up with it right there at the end."

Hartman threw for 337 yards and the six TDs to set a program record for Wake Forest (3-1, 0-1), including two each to Greene and Jahmal Banks. But the Demon Deacons stalled out near midfield on a potential winning drive to end regulation, then couldn't stop the Tigers in the first OT after starting off with Hartman's TD throw to Perry.

"That locker room right now is hurting," Wake Forest coach Dave Clawson said. "It's a football team that has invested a lot and they care a lot and expected to win this game."

THE TAKEAWAY

Clemson: This was the start of a two-week stretch that could give the Tigers control of the league's Atlantic Division race. The Tigers took early control by scoring touchdowns on their first two drives to take a 14-0 lead, only to see the Demon Deacons' high-scoring offense get rolling by pushing the ball downfield. On this day, the Uiagalelei-led offense had to keep coming up with big plays to stay on pace - and did.

Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons have accomplished plenty under Clawson, highlighted by last year's push to tie the program record with 11 wins to reach the ACC championship game. But Clemson continues to bedevil them, with Wake Forest last winning in 2008 and only one of the previous 13 straight losses coming by fewer than 14 points. Wake Forest also fell to 1-65 all-time against teams ranked in the top 10 of The Associated Press college football poll, with the only win coming against No. 4 Tennessee in 1946.

A BIG STOP

Wake Forest appeared on the verge of ending its long skid in the series when it pushed near midfield on a potentially winning drive late in regulation. But 300-pound lineman Tyler Davis stuffed Justice Ellison on a run then teammed with linemate Myles Murphy to sack Hartman and eventually force the Demon Deacons to punt for OT.

"We battled and felt like we were in that game until the end," Hartman said. "But at the end it's a play here, a play there."

BRESEE'S RETURN

Clemson defensive tackle Bryan Bresee returned after missing last week's win against Louisiana Tech while being home with his family following the death of his 15-year-old sister, Ella, to brain cancer. He had two tackles and batted Hartman's second-down pass at the line in the second OT.

"I just never lost confidence in us," he said.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

The Tigers are near the top of the AP Top 25 with little room to climb despite a tough road win. The Demon Deacons aren't likely to slide much, if at all, after giving the Tigers all they could handle.

THEY SAID IT

"You hate for anybody to lose a game like that. That was an unbelievable college football game - two teams that fought with every ounce of everything they had. That's what (top-25) matchup should look like, especially on the road." - Swinney.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter ClemWake
Clem TD 8:09 Jake Briningstool 12 yd pass from DJ Uiagalelei (B.T. Potter kick) 7 0
Clem TD 5:09 Brannon Spector 41 yd pass from DJ Uiagalelei (B.T. Potter kick) 14 0
Wake TD 4:13 Jahmal Banks 36 yd pass from Sam Hartman (Matthew Dennis kick) 14 7
Second Quarter ClemWake
Clem FG 7:49 B.T. Potter 24 yd FG 17 7
Wake TD 5:49 Jahmal Banks 5 yd pass from Sam Hartman (Matthew Dennis kick) 17 14
Clem FG 0:14 B.T. Potter 38 yd FG 20 14
Third Quarter ClemWake
Wake TD 12:13 Donavon Greene 28 yd pass from Sam Hartman (Matthew Dennis kick) 20 21
Wake TD 7:47 Blake Whiteheart 19 yd pass from Sam Hartman (Matthew Dennis kick) 20 28
Clem TD 4:29 Davis Allen 3 yd pass from DJ Uiagalelei (Beaux Collins 2pt pass from DJ Uiagalelei) 28 28
Wake TD 1:19 Donavon Greene 25 yd pass from Sam Hartman (Matthew Dennis kick) 28 35
Fourth Quarter ClemWake
Clem TD 11:16 Will Shipley 1 yd run (B.T. Potter kick) 35 35
Wake FG 8:07 Matthew Dennis 29 yd FG 35 38
Clem FG 4:01 B.T. Potter 52 yd FG 38 38
OT ClemWake
Wake TD   A.T. Perry 8 yd pass from Sam Hartman (Matthew Dennis kick) 38 45
Clem TD   Beaux Collins 21 yd pass from DJ Uiagalelei (B.T. Potter kick) 45 45
2nd OT ClemWake
Clem TD   Davis Allen 21 yd pass from DJ Uiagalelei (failed 2pt pass) 51 45
Team Stats
  Clemson Wake Forest
First downs 25 28
  Rushing 10 9
  Passing 14 13
  Penalty 1 6
3rd Down Efficiency 16-23, 70% 5-12, 42%
4th down efficiency 0-0, -% 0-1, 0%
Rushes-Yards 45-188 39-110
Passing Yards 371 337
Return Yards 66 26
Completions-Attempts-Int 26-41-0 20-29-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 1--9 3--18
Punts 4 5
Punts-Average 32.8 40.4
Fumbles Lost 1-0 1-0
Penalties - Yards 10-120 3-45
Time of Possession 37:34 22:26
Clemson Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
D. Uiagalelei 26 41 371 5 0
Wake Forest Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
S. Hartman 20 29 337 6 0
Clemson Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
W. Shipley 20 104 5.2 1
D. Uiagalelei 14 52 3.7 0
P. Mafah 7 26 3.7 0
K. Pace 3 7 2.3 0
A. Williams 1 -1 -1.0 0
Wake Forest Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
J. Ellison 21 73 3.5 0
C. Turner 10 27 2.7 0
S. Hartman 8 10 1.3 0
Clemson Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Ngata 4 84 21.0 0
J. Briningstool 6 72 12.0 1
B. Collins 4 60 15.0 1
A. Williams 3 51 17.0 0
B. Spector 1 41 41.0 1
D. Allen 4 36 9.0 2
W. Shipley 3 15 5.0 0
E. Williams 1 12 12.0 0
Wake Forest Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Banks 6 141 23.5 2
D. Greene 2 53 26.5 2
A. Perry 4 51 12.8 1
B. Whiteheart 2 31 15.5 1
K. Williams 2 22 11.0 0
J. Ellison 1 22 22.0 0
T. Morin 3 17 5.7 0
Clemson Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Wake Forest Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Clemson Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
A. Swanson 4 131 32.8
Wake Forest Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
I. Mora 5 202 40.4
Clemson Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
W. Taylor 1 0 0
Wake Forest Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
T. Morin 2 5 2.5
Clemson Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
D. Swinney 2 16 8.0
A. Williams 1 26 26.0
W. Shipley 1 24 24.0
Wake Forest Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
D. Greene 1 21 21.0
Clemson Missed FG
Player Length
Wake Forest Missed FG
Player Length




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