Clemson - Wake Game Notes

This is the first time since 2002 that Wake Forest has had the better record entering the game with Clemson. Clemson won that contest at Death Valley 31-23.

Clemson vs. Wake Forest Series
•Clemson owns 54 wins over Wake Forest in history, its second highest victory total over any opponent. Clemson has 62 wins over South Carolina. Forty-three of those wins against Wake Forest have taken place since the ACC was formed in 1953.

•Wake Forest has won two of the last three meetings with both contests taking place in Winston-Salem. The Deacs won 45-17 in 2003 against a Clemson team that finished the year 9-4 and ranked in the top 25 in the nation. Last year, Wake Forest defeated Clemson 31- 27. Clemson finished last season in the top 25 as well with an 8-4 record.

•Wake Forest will be looking to defeat Clemson in back to back seasons for the first time since 1993-94. If Wake Forest defeats Clemson Saturday it would give Jim Grobe's team three wins in four years against the Tigers. No Clemson senior class has lost three of four to Wake Forest since the senior of 1947. Wake Forest defeated Clemson six straight years between 1942-47.

•Clemson has a 43-8-1 edge in the series since 1953. Clemson has played Wake Forest in football 52 consecutive years, as the last year the two schools did not play was 1952. The two schools are in the same division, so they will continue to play annually.

•Clemson leads the series 54-16-1 overall, including a 31-7 record in games played at Clemson and a 27-7 mark in games played in Death Valley. Clemson did not lose at home to Wake Forest between 1962-92. Wake Forest broke the streak in 1993 when Jim Caldwell's first team defeated Clemson 20-16 at Death Valley. Clemson went on to finish that season 9-3.

•Clemson has a 17-9-1 lead in the series in games played at Wake Forest, including 10-5-1 in games played at Groves Stadium. Wake Forest has won the last two games played in Winston-Salem and averaged 38 points per game in the process.

•Only one coach in history won as many as four games against Clemson without a loss in Death Valley and the coach was from Wake Forest. Frank Howard and Peahead Walker had a close friendship, but Peahead had a 4-0 record against Howard in Death Valley.

•Clemson has won nine out of 12 against Wake Forest dating to 1994. The Demon Deacons won back-to-back games in 1992-93, the only time Wake Forest has won consecutive contests against Clemson since 1946-47.

•Clemson lost at Wake Forest 45-17 the last time the Tigers went to Winston-Salem. Clemson had 29 first downs and 405 yards of total offense, but lost by 28 points.

•Clemson has a 5-2 record against Wake Forest under Tommy Bowden, but four of the five Clemson wins have been close. The Tigers won 12-3 in 1999, 21-14 in 2001, 31-23 in 2002 and 37-30 in double overtime in 2004. Clemson's only blowout against Wake Forest took place in 2000 when Clemson won by a 55- 9 score.

•The two teams have played at three neutral sites in history, including Tokyo, Japan. Clemson won that game in 1982 by a 21-17 score to close out an ACC Championship season.

•Clemson defeated a Wake Forest team coached by current Virginia coach Al Groh on Halloween Day 1981 by an 82-24 score. That is the highest scoring game in ACC history involving two league teams. Clemson was 12- 12 on third down in that game, a school record. The Tigers went on to win the national championship.

Strength vs. Strength in Clemson-Wake Forest Game
Both Clemson and Wake Forest have some strong national statistics so far this year. Those national rankings will go head to head when Clemson is on offense and the Demon Deacons are on defense this Saturday. Here are some of the contrasting national rankings.

•Clemson ranks second in the nation in scoring offense (43.4) and Wake Forest is 9th in scoring defense (10.6).

•Clemson is seventh in the nation in rushing offense (240.6) and Wake Forest is 16th in rushing defense (78.2).

•Clemson is 10 th in the nation in fewest sacks allowed (4), while Wake Forest is 12th in the nation in quarterback sacks by its defense (3.4 per game).

•Clemson is 11th in the nation in total offense (445.2) and Wake Forest is 24th in total defense (273.0).

Clemson Veterans vs. Wake Forest
Gaines Adams (DE)—Had six tackles, including a tackle for loss, in 29 plays off the bench in Clemson's victory in 2004. Had five tackles, including a tackle for loss in 55 plays as a starter at Wake Forest in 2005.

Nathan Bennett (OG)—Had 88 percent grade and six knockdown blocks as a starter in 2004 game at Clemson. Started at offensive guard and had 6.5 knockdown blocks in 2005.

Cole Chason (P )— Had 41.3 average on three punts at Winston-Salem in 2003, then had 40.6 average on five punts in Clemson's victory in Death Valley in 2004. Had 34.5 average on two punts at Wake Forest in 2005. Has 39.6 average for 10 punts in his career against the Demon Deacons.

Donnell Clark (DT)—Had three tackles, including a sack in 33 plays as a starter at Wake Forest in 2005.

Duane Coleman (CB)—-Missed the 2004 Wake Forest game due to injury. Had two kickoff returns for 59 yards at Wake Forest in 2005. Played just five snaps in the secondary. Had 7-27 rushing and 3-11 receiving in 2003 game at Winston-Salem.

James Davis (RB)—Had 13 carries for 51 yards and scored two touchdowns at Wake Forest as a freshman in 2005. Also had career high five receptions for 25 yards. Jad Dean (PK)—Did not attempt a field goal in 2003 or 2004 against Wake Forest. Then was 2-2 on field goals, 21 and 47 yards, and 3-3 on extra points for nine points in the 2005 game.

Roman Fry (OG)— Had 13.5 knockdown blocks to lead the Clemson team against Wake Forest in 2005. Had seven knockdowns and 83 percent grade in 33 plays in overtime victory in 2004.

C.J. Gaddis (DB)—Had three tackles in 44 plays as a starter at Wake Forest in 2005. Sergio Gilliam (DB)—Had two tackles in 65 plays as a starter at Wake Forest in 2005.

Michael Hamlin (SS)—Had three tackles, including a tackle for loss in 29 plays off the bench in 2005.

Thomas Hunter (TE)—Had one reception for 14 yards in 32 plays off the bench in 2005 game.

Rashaad Jackson (DT)—Had four tackles, including a tackle for loss in 36 plays off the bench in 2005 as a freshman.

Aaron Kelly (WR)—Had two receptions for 13 yards at Wake Forest in 2005. Reggie Merriweather (RB)—Had 17- 92 and scored a touchdown at Wake Forest in 41 plays as a starter in 2005.

Chansi Stuckey (WR)—Completed 9-15 passes for 71 yards and two touchdowns at Wake Forest as a quarterback in 2003. Also had 4-35 rushing in that game, giving him 106 yards of total offense in the fourth quarter of that game. In 2004 had 8-112 receiving in Clemson overtime victory. He was Clemson's Chevrolet Player of the Game according to ABC Sports for that contest. Had seven receptions for 74 yards and three rushes for 16 yards in 2005 game at Winston Salem.

Nick Watkins (LB)—Had five tackles, including a tackle for loss in 21 snaps against Wake Forest in 2004. Had six tackles, including a tackle for loss in 2005 game.

Fifteen Tigers Making third Trip to Winston- Salem
There are 15 current Clemson players who will be making their third trip to Winston- Salem. The addition of Boston College to the ACC forced scheduling changes and that has resulted in Clemson having to make three trips in a four-year period to Wake Forest. This is the first time Clemson has had to go to play a school three times on the road in a four-year period since 1993-96 when Clemson played at Florida State three times (1993, 94-96) in a four-year period.

The 15 current Tigers making their third trip to Wake Forest are Gaines Adams, Nathan Bennett, Cole Chason, Duane Coleman, Jad Dean, Tim DeBeer, Marion Dukes, Dustin Fry, Roman Fray, Sergio Gilliam, Thomas Hunter, Reggie Merriweather, Brandon Pilgrim, Will Proctor, Chansi Stuckey.

Last year vs. Wake Forest
Wake Forest 31, Clemson 27
Wake Forest scored 10 fourth-quarter points, including a touchdown with 33 seconds remaining, to defeat Clemson 31-27. Following the Demon Deacon touchdown, the Tigers moved the ball 77 yards in four plays, but wide receiver Curtis Baham was stopped at the three-yard line as time expired.

After three Reggie Merriweather runs gained 19 yards to start the game, Charlie Whitehurst's first pass attempt was deflected into the air, and Jon Abbate intercepted. The Demon Deacons needed only six plays to move 37 yards, and Cory Randolph capped the drive with a fouryard touchdown run.

The Tigers answered on their next possession with a 15-play, 80-yard drive that culminated with a one-yard touchdown run by James Davis, his first score as a Tiger. The drive took 7:15 off the clock.

It took the Demon Deacons only three plays to regain the lead. On a third down from the Wake Forest 26, Randolph dropped back and found Kenneth Moore wide open along the Demon Deacon sideline, and he raced untouched into the endzone.

Abbate again picked off a Whitehurst pass that was deflected into the air on the first play of the ensuing drive, giving the Demon Deacons the ball deep in Tiger territory. However, the Tiger defense did not allow a first down, and Sam Swank missed wide right on a 40-yard field goal attempt.

Clemson was able to move the ball into Wake Forest territory to begin the second quarter, but an intentional grounding call helped bring the drive to a halt. Cole Chason's punt was blocked and Wake Forest began a drive in Clemson territory for the third time in the first half. On a third-and-15 play, Randolph rolled left and found Nate Morton all alone behind the Tiger secondary for a 34-yard touchdown and a 21-7 lead.

The next Clemson drive ended with a punt, and the Demon Deacons moved the ball into Tiger territory before the defense made a play that shifted the momentum. Gaines Adams busted through the line and forced a fumble by Randolph that was recovered by Tramaine Billie.

Whitehurst hit Kelvin Grant for a 21- yard gain to put Clemson in scoring position, and Merriweather then scored on a 14-yard run. After a three-and-out by the Wake Forest offense, the Tigers went on the offensive again.

Another big pass play helped move the Tigers deep into Deacon territory, as Whitehurst hit Baham over the middle for 37 yards. On third down from the Wake Forest 11, Davis ran left and dove over the pylon in the end zone for a touchdown. The teams went into halftime with the score tied 21-21. Clemson opened the second half much like the way it ended the first. Wake Forest received the second-half kickoff, but lost nine yards in three plays.

The Tigers followed with a 10-play, 45- yard drive, but could not get closer than the Demon Deacon two-yard line. Jad Dean hit a 21- yard field goal to give Clemson its first lead of the day.

Clemson again forced a three-and-out and began its next drive at its own 29. Whitehurst hit Baham for 18 yards over the middle and into Wake Forest territory, and Davis had two runs that produced a first down. A holding call made the drive stall, but Dean continued his hot kicking with a 47-yarder to give the Tigers a six-point lead. With under three minutes left, Wake Forest began a six-play drive that ended with a six-yard touchdown pass from Randolph to Kevin Marion.

Clemson got the ball back at its 20-yard line with 33 seconds left. Whitehurst hit Chansi Stuckey for 30 yards on first down, with Stuckey making a spectacular one-handed grab. Two passes to Davis gained 20 yards, and with eight seconds left, Whitehurst found Baham over the middle, but the Tiger receiver was tackled by four Wake Forest defenders at the three-yard line just as time expired. It was the third consecutive loss for the Tigers that was decided on the final play of the game.

Clemson out-gained Wake Forest 454- 355 and out-rushed the Demon Deacons 150-133 despite them leading the ACC in rushing entering the game.

Whitehurst connected on 28 of 42 passes for 304 yards, his first 300-yard passing game since 2003. Merriweather led the Tigers in rushing with 92 yards on 17 carries. Stuckey caught seven passes for 74 yards, and Baham's three receptions were good for 82 yards.

Tye Hill made 11 tackles, including three tackles for loss, and Waters registered another double-digit tackle game with 10 stops.

Wake Forest has Better Record
Wake Forest enters Saturday's game with a 5-0 record, its first 5-0 start since 1987. Clemson is 4-1, its best five-game start since 2001, but the Demon Deacons have the better record entering the contest. This is the first time since 2002 that Wake Forest has had the better record entering the game with Clemson. Clemson won that contest at Death Valley 31-23. That was also the case in the 1999 game, when Clemson won, 12-3. Thus Tommy Bowden is 2-0 against the Demon Deacons when Wake Forest enters the contest with the better overall record.

Wake Forest Productive vs. Clemson Under Grobe
Clemson has a 5-2 record against Wake Forest under Tommy Bowden and a 3-2 record against the Demon Deacons since Jim Grobe has been the head coach. But, the Demon Deacons have been productive against the Tigers. In the fivegames Jim Grobe has coached against Clemson the Tigers his Demon Deacons have gained 1294 yards rushing, an average of 258.8 yards per game. They have picked up 407.4 yards of total offense per contest. Wake Forest has averaged 28.6 points per game against Clemson the last five years.

Tigers Coming Off Consecutive 50-Point Scoring Games
Clemson ranks second in the nation to Louisville in scoring with 43.4 points per game. The Tigers already have three 50-point games in the bank this year, a 54-6 season opening victory against Florida Atlanta, a 52-7 win over North Carolina and a 51-0 triumph over Louisiana Tech last Saturday.

The victories over North Carolina and Louisiana Tech have come in consecutive games, the first time Clemson has scored at least 50 points in consecutive games since the 2000 season when the Tigers defeated Missouri , 62-9, and Wake Forest, 55-7. That was Tommy Bowden's second season as Clemson's head coach and the wins took place during the Tigers 8-0 start to that season. This is just the second time in Clemson history the Tigers have scored at least 50 points in consecutive games. Obviously, Tommy Bowden has been the Clemson head coach both times it has occurred.

Clemson has scored at least 50 points in each of its three home games this season, the first time the Tigers have had three consecutive 50-point scoring games at home since the last two games of 1950 and the first home game of 1951. Clemson defeated Duquesne, 53-20 and Furman 57-2 in the last two home games of 1950, then downed Presbyterian 53-6 in the home opener of 1951.

The three 50-point scoring games in 2006 have already tied a Clemson record for a season. The teams of 2000 and 1950 each had three 50-point scoring games. Nationally there have been 31 games in which a team has scored at least 50 points so far this year and Clemson has three of the 31. Clemson now has nine 50-point games under Tommy Bowden, including the three this season. Clemson's 51-point scoring margin over Louisiana Tech was the best by a Clemson team since a 62-9 victory over Missouri in 2000. Clemson has just one other 50-point victory margin under Tommy Bowden, a 58-7 win over Duke at home in 1999. Overall, the 51-0 win over Louisiana Tech was the 33rd win by at least 50 points in Clemson history.

Tigers average 9.1 Yards per Play vs. Louisiana Tech
Clemson had one of its most productive offensive games in history in the 51-0 win over Louisiana Tech. Clemson gained 526 yards of total offense in just 58 plays, an average of 9.07 yards per play That was the fourth best yards per play average in Clemson history and the best since 1947. That year Clemson averaged 10.41 yards per play (531 yards on 51 plays) in a victory over Presbyterian. The record is 11.18 yards per play when Clemson had 615 yards on 55 plays in 1903 against Georgia Tech. John Heisman was in his last year as Clemson head coach before leaving to go to Georgia Tech. Clemson's rushing game was the big contributor to that high per play average against Louisiana Tech. Clemson had 41 rushes for 393 yards, an average of 9.59 yards per carry.

Clemson averaged more yards per rush than it did per pass attempt in that game. Clemson averaged 7.8 yards per pass attempt in the win over Louisiana Tech. Clemson's 9.59 yards per rush was the third best in Clemson history and the best since 1945 when Clemson averaged 10.3 yards per rush in a victory over Presbyterian. For the season, Clemson is averaging 6.6 yards per game, a Clemson record pace. The existing season record is 6.16 yards per play set in 1950.

Tigers Open 4-1
Clemson has opened with a 4-1 record for the first five games of the season. This is Clemson's best record through five games since the 2001 season when Clemson won four of its first five contests behind quarterback Woody Dantzler. Clemson won its first eight games of 2000, so this is the third time Clemson has been at least 4-1 to open the season under Tommy Bowden.

Prior to Bowden's arrival, Clemson had not gone at least 4-1 to open a season since 1993, Ken Hatfield's last season. So, this is just the third time in the last 13 years that Clemson has been at least 4-1 to open a season.

Clemson will be looking for a 5-1 record open to the season with a win at Wake Forest on October 7. Clemson has been at least 5-1 through six games just once since 1990, and that was in 2000 when Clemson started 8-0.

Clemson Faces Undefeated Wake Forest Team
Clemson will face a 5-0 Wake Forest team in Winston-Salem, NC on Saturday at noon in a nationally televised contest on ESPN. This is the first time Clemson has faced a team with a perfect record at least five games into the season since 2002 when NC State came to Clemson with an 8-0 record. NC State won that game 38-6 at Clemson.

Clemson has played 17 games in its history against teams with a perfect record of at least five games into the opponent's season and the Tigers have a 5-12 record in those games. Clemson's last victory against a team with a record f 5-0 or better took place in 1992 when Clemson defeated a 5-0 and 10th ranked Virginia team in Charlottesville, VA by a 29-28 score. Clemson defeated a pair of 6-0 NC State teams in 1989 and 1991, both at Clemson.

Clemson actually won four games in a row over undefeated teams with at least five wins between 1988-92. Tommy Bowden is 0-2 against undefeated teams with at least five wins, the loss to NC State in 2002 and a loss to his father and Florida State in Bowden Bowl I in 1999. This will be the best record Wake Forest has had coming into a game with Clemson since 1944. The Demon Deacons were 6-0 coming into that game at Winston-Salem and they defeated the Tigers in that game, 13-7.

Tigers At Top of Many ACC Stats
Clemson leads the league in leading the league according to the latest ACC stats. Clemson paces the conference in more categories on the league's official stat sheet than any other team. The Tigers lead the ACC in seven offensive categories, two defensive categories and the team category of turnover margin.

Individually, Clemson has the ACC leader in rushing, passing efficiency, receptions per game, punt returns touchdown scoring, kick scoring and sacks.

Clemson leads the ACC in total offense and total defense this week. No ACC team has done that for the course of a season since 2000 when Florida State led in both areas. That is the only time it has happened since 1994. Clemson has led the ACC in total offense and total defense in the same year four times (1957, 1960, 1978 and 1991) Here is a listing of Clemson's top ranking among ACC teams this week:

Team Categories
•Total Offense (445.2 yards per game)
•Rushing Offense (240.6 yards per game)
•Scoring offense (43.4 points per game)
•Pass efficiency offense (143.0 rating points)
•Total Defense (239.6 yards per game)
•Pass Efficiency Defense (85.8 rating points)
•Turnover Margin (+1.0 turnovers per game)
•First Downs (110)
•Third Down Conversion Percentage (.492)
•Fewest sacks allowed (4)

Individual Categories
•James Davis, Rushing yards per game (102.4)
•James Davis, Scoring (13.2 points per game)
•James Davis, Touchdowns (11)
•Chansi Stuckey, Receptions per game (tied) (5.0)
•Will Proctor, Pass Efficiency (148.0 rating points)
•Jacoby Ford, Punt Returns (16.8)
•Jad Dean, Kick Scoring (8.2)
•Gaines Adams, Quarterback Sacks (4.5) Top Stories