The Wake Forest ground game was all that and then some Saturday afternoon in Winston-Salem.
Behind running back Chris Barclay, the Deacons ran up over 320 yards on the ground and turned three first half turnovers into 14 points, while cruising to a 35-0 halftime lead.
Clemson could manage only 17 points in the second half in falling to Wake Forest 45-17.
Barclay, who tied a career high with 163 rushing yards, would get the Deacons on the board on the first drive of the game, scoring from 5 yards out on 4th down to give his team a 7-0 lead.
The Tigers would move the ball effectively on their first possession, but would fail to convert in Wake Forest territory, giving the Deacons the ball back in good field position.
The Deacons would capitalize on their next drive when faced with a fourth down-and-1 on the Tigers' one yard line. Barclay again ran it in for a quick 14-0 lead early in the 2nd quarter.
The back breaking play of the game occurred when Charlie Whitehurst tried to connect with Kelvin Grant on a quick out pattern deep in Wake Forest territory on the following possession.
Grant wasn't ready for the pass and the football bounced straight off of his facemask into the hands of the Deacons' Eric King. King raced untouched down the right sideline for the score, and a commanding 21-0 lead.
The Clemson offense moved the ball all day long, but once again, the Tigers' inability to move the ball in the redzone and turnovers prevented any hopes of a comeback.
Wake Forest would close the 2nd quarter with 2 more touchdowns, one coming from Jyles Tucker when he returned a fumble 12 yards for the final score of the half.
Wide receiver Kevin Youngblood had seven catches for 101 yards for Clemson and back up QB Chansi Stuckey came in midway through the 3rd quarter to provide two late touchdowns to lead the way for the Tigers.
Stuckey finished 9-for-15 for 71 yards and two touchdowns.
The Tigers will next do battle with the Florida State Seminoles in Bowden Bowl V this Saturday evening in Death Valley. Kickoff is set for 7:45 and the game will be televised on ESPN or ESPN-2.
Tigers Fall to Wake Forest
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