Ranking Dabo's wins: 16

Fresh off a much-needed bye week, C.J. Spiller led Clemson to a 38-3 win over visiting Wake Forest in October of 2009.

16.) Oct. 17, 2009


Clemson 38 Wake Forest 3

What happened
Clemson reached pay dirt on its first drive of the game when Kyle Parker hooked up with Michael Palmer for a 1-yard touchdown strike.

The Tigers raced out to a 31-7 halftime lead and never looked back.

Spiller had 106 yards on nine carries, including a 66-yard touchdown run that pushed Clemson's lead to 24-3, just moments after Wake Forest scored its only points of the game.

On the scoring run, Spiller became the first player in ACC history to go over 6,000 career all-purpose yards. He also became the 27th player in FBS history to reach 6,000 all-purpose yards.


Wake Forest gained under 200 yards of total offense.
Parker rushed seven times for 31 yards and completed 10 of 17 passes for 132 yards with a touchdown. He also scored on a 3-yard touchdown run.

Palmer caught four passes for 49 yards with a score.

Clemson held Wake Forest to under 100 yards rushing and under 100 yards passing. Demon Deacon quarterback Riley Skinner entered the game first in the ACC in passing efficiency [163]. The Tiger defense held him to an efficiency rating of 57.6.

The stakes
The stakes were huge for Clemson, which sported a 2-3 record [1-2 ACC] before Wake Forest came calling.

Before and After
As if the 2-3 record wasn't bad enough, the Tigers made the wrong kind of news during the bye week. Rumors of a dust up between Dabo Swinney and offensive coordinator Billy Napier left Clemson with an eventful week off.

The disagreement began, according to Swinney, when he called Parker "soft" during practice. Napier took up for his quarterback.

Swinney said Parker pitched to the running back on an option play when he should have kept the ball and run it himself.

On the same play in the Wake Forest game, Parker opted to keep the ball and dove into the end zone for a 3-yard score, absorbing hits from several Demon Deacon defenders.

The win was first of six-straight for the Tigers and propelled them into a spot in the ACC Championship game.


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