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
•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
•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-
•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
•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
Strength vs. Strength in Clemson-Wake
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
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
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
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
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-
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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:
•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)
•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)
Clemson - Wake Game Notes
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