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Clemson Wins ACC Atlantic Division with 35-13 Victory Over Wake Forest

#4 Clemson won its 5th share of the ACC Atlantic Division Title in 8 years with a dominant 35-13 win at Wake Forest Saturday night. It's the Tigers' sixth consecutive season with 10 or more wins.

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Wayne Gallman rushed for a season-high 161 yards and two touchdowns to lead No. 4 Clemson (10-1) to its second straight ACC Atlantic Division title with a 35-13 win over Wake Forest on Saturday. The Tigers will play in the ACC Championship Game in Orlando, Fla., on December 3 at 8 p.m. after securing the program’s sixth consecutive 10-win season. Wake Forest fell to 6-5 with the loss.

“We have always responded well from the few losses we’ve had,” Dabo Swinney said. “I’m proud of a bunch of young men that came out and responded in a great way. This was our next goal, and we’ve got a chance to play for a second straight ACC title. We appreciate our fans for showing out here tonight. We’ll enjoy this one and look forward to next week.”

The Tigers finished a second straight campaign with an unblemished road record, due in large part to Gallman’s effort. But he was not alone, as Deshaun Watson accounted for three touchdowns, one through the air and two on the ground. Clemson finished with 456 yards of total offense, showing great balance with 254 on the ground and 202 through the air.

For the fifth time this season, the Tigers scored 21 points in a quarter. The first-quarter flurry was sparked by Gallman’s 42-yard touchdown on fourth and 1. Watson was sharp in the opening frame, hitting 11 of 14 passes for 114 yards and accounting for two scores in all. Clemson led 28-0 after scoring on each of its first four drives, but Wake Forest responded with 13 straight of its own in the second and third quarters.

After a scoreless third, the Tigers rebounded in the fourth. Jordan Leggett made a critical play on third-and-long, stretching for a first down after catching a pass from Watson in the flats. Gallman cashed in later in the drive from a yard out, his second score of the game, to push the lead to 35-13.

The Tigers return home for their regular season finale on Saturday, Nov. 26 against rival South Carolina. The game time will be announced tomorrow.

NOTES

TEAM

  • Clemson won its second straight ACC Atlantic Division title (shared with Louisville), and fifth in eight seasons (shared in 2013) under head coach Dabo Swinney.

  • Clemson produced the program’s sixth consecutive 10-win season. The program had seven total prior to Swinney’s appointment as head coach in 2008.

  • The Tigers have won their last 10 road games, the nation’s third-longest active streak behind Alabama and Oklahoma (11).

  • Clemson finished its second straight regular season with a perfect road record (5-0).

  • The senior class won its 45th game on Saturday and can match the Clemson record (set by the 2015 seniors) next week at home against South Carolina.

  • Clemson’s senior class won its 28th ACC regular season game, matching the 2015 group for the program record.

  • Clemson scored 21 first quarter points and has outscored its opponents 70-3 on the road in the opening quarter this season.

  • It was the fifth time this season the Tigers scored at least 21 points in a quarter.

  • Clemson finished with over 200 rushing and 200 passing yards, the fourth occurrence this season. The program is now 79-0-1 all time when posting 200 of both in the same game.

  • Clemson has recorded a sack in 41 consecutive games, a streak that extended on Kendall Joseph’s 10-yard stop late in the first half.

INDIVIDUAL

  • Deshaun Watson moved to 28-3 all time as Clemson’s starting quarterback.

  • Watson accounted for three scores Saturday, putting him just two shy of becoming the second player (Tajh Boyd) in program history responsible for 100 touchdowns.

  • Watson secured his 20th career rushing touchdown on a three-yard scamper in the opening quarter.

  • Watson scored multiple rushing touchdowns for the first time this season, and for the fifth time in his career.

  • Watson finished with 249 yards of total offense, pushing his career mark to 10,579 yards. He is now fourth in ACC history for total offense, trailing only Philip Rivers of NC State, Boyd and Joe Hamilton of Georgia Tech.

  • Wayne Gallman surpassed 3,000 career rushing yards on a 42-yard touchdown run on Clemson’s opening drive. He is the sixth runner in school history to reach 3,000.

  • Gallman set a Clemson record by posting his 16th career 100-yard rushing effort. The previous mark of 15 had been held by Raymond Priester since 1997. He finished with a season-high 161 yards.

  • Gallman now has 3,125 career rushing yards, putting him fifth in Clemson history. He passed Travis Zachery (1998-01) on the career list.

  • Gallman finished with 22 carries, his high tally since opening the season with 30 rushes at Auburn.

  • Gallman matched his rushing touchdown total from 2015 with two more Saturday, giving him 13 on the season.

  • Mike Williams went over 1,000 receiving yards on a 15-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter. Williams joins Rod Gardner and Sammy Watkins as the only players in Clemson history with two seasons of at least 1,000 receiving yards.

  • Carlos Watkins recorded a sack, giving him a team-high 7.5 on the season. His total is the highest by a Clemson defensive tackle since Trevor Pryce also had 7.5 in 1996.

  • Mark Fields recorded his first career sack on a corner blitz in the third quarter.

  • Joseph finished with two tackles for loss, pushing his season total to 10, second behind Christian Wilkins. He celebrated his 21st birthday Saturday.

  •    Richard Yeargin posted a career-high 1.5 tackles for loss.

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