10.) Nov. 12, 2011
Clemson 31 Wake Forest 28
Attempt No. 2 was true. The win guaranteed Clemson a spot in the ACC title game, the school's first trip since 2009. With the victory over Wake Forest Clemson finished 7-0 at home, its first perfect season at Memorial Stadium since 1990.
Wake Forest would have been in the driver's seat for the ACC Atlantic with a win. For a most of the second half, it appeared the Demon Deacons would do just that. Wake Forest took a 28-14 third quarter lead after scoring the first 21 points over a span of four minutes in the third quarter.
A 50-yard punt return for six by Michael Campanaro kick-started the charge. Two plays later, Wake Forest recovered an Ellington fumble, setting up a 19-yard score by Brandon Pendergrass, to give the Demon Deacons a 21-14 lead.
Another Clemson turnover, this one an interception, set up a 33-yard run by Pendergrass. Wake Forest held a 28-14 lead with 8:11 to play in the third quarter.
Despite the interceptions, Tajh Boyd threw for 343 yards and two touchdowns.
Boyd led Clemson's second half comeback.
The Tigers tied the game with 5:34 to play when Jaron Brown hauled in a 10-yard touchdown pass. Boyd completed six passes for 64 yards on the drive.
Clemson played most of the second half without star receiver Sammy Watkins, who was injured on a third-quarter kickoff return.
Andre Ellington, who finished with 98 yards rushing, scored two touchdowns.
They were pretty big. Clemson [9-1, 6-1] needed the win to clinch a spot in the ACC Championship. But a loss would have bumped the Tigers out of first-place.
Given the impressive 8-0 start, not winning the ACC Atlantic division title would have been devastating.
Before and after
The Tigers opened the season with eight wins in a row. Their streak was snapped two weeks earlier with a road loss to Georgia Tech.
Clemson did bounce back off the loss in Atlanta with division-clinching win. However, they closed the regular season with blowout road losses to N.C. State and South Carolina.
The Tigers would go on to win the ACC Championship on the first Saturday in December. But that was followed with an embarrassing Orange Bowl loss to West Virginia.