Against Wake Forest on Saturday, Clmeson opened it up a little more than it had for most of the season.
All told, Clemson quarterback Charlie Whitehurst attempted seven passes of at least 20 yards and four of them went for completions. A fifth one would have, but an offensive penalty negated the play.
However, the Tigers didn't attempt a single downfield pass in the third quarter and only one in the fourth until they were forced to do so with the game on the line.
Davis Reaches Pay Dirt
It may have taken a little longer than first expected, but Clemson freshman tailback James Davis finally scored the first rushing touchdown of what is expected to be a very fruitful career.
Davis crossed the goal line for the first time on a one-yard run with 3:54 left in the first quarter. He got his second of the game and his career one quarter later with an 11-yard scamper with 0:59 left until halftime.
Red Zone Perfection
Entering the game, Clemson was one of only seven teams to be perfect in the red zone in terms of scoring. The Tigers were 14-for-14, with only six touchdowns scored and four field goals kicked.
Clemson added to that total with three touchdowns and a field goal in four attempts to remain perfect on the year.
Texas Tech led the nation in red-zone efficiency entering Saturday by going a perfect 29-for-29. Incredibly, the Red Raiders have scored a touchdown 28 times, compared to just one field goal.
Wake Forest quarterback Cory Randolph threw three touchdown passes Saturday. He had three in all of last season. … Whitehurst passed the 8,000-yard mark in passing yardage. He now sits 10th all-time in ACC history. …
After going 0-for-11 on third down conversions last week, Clemson finished the game 7-of-13 after converting its first two. … The first review of a play involving the Tigers came with 13:28 remaining in the second quarter. … Kelvin Grant returned his first kickoff of the season, a 29-yarder that gave Clemson possession at its own 34. …
In the ironic category, as both teams were warming up prior to the start of game, AC/DC's song "Hell's Bells" blared over the loud speakers. At the same time just on the outside of the stadium, a group of at least 100 were holding a mini-revival.
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