And as close as the Tigers (8-2, 5-2 ACC) are to wining their first-ever Atlantic Division and playing for the first ACC title since 1991, head coach Tommy Bowden said this 2007 team hasn't accomplished a darn thing.
"We've got eight wins and eight wins is really not significant," he said. "Eight wins gets you eight months of headaches. That's what it got me. The game next week is what's really important. … Eight wins is not a big deal. It's not a very significant number."
Tailback James Davis, who is truly the leader of the entire team, said the team's not about to stop now and mirror last year's disappointing collapse.
"We've been working for this all year long," he said. "We've got the ACC in hand and we don't want to let go."
KELLY IS TOPS: Junior wide receiver Aaron Kelly now stands as the school's all-time leader in touchdown receptions in a single season after hauling in two more against Wake Forest Saturday.
Kelly has 11 on the season, which breaks the old mark of 10 set by Derrick Hamilton in 2003.
Kelly also tied another school record by catching a scoring pass in five straight games, which was also done by Hamilton in 2003.
"If the ball is in my area, I'm going to go get it," he said. "It's great to have the record. It's a big deal, but it really says more about the team and its accomplishments than just one person."
Kind of ironic that quarterback Cullen Harper and Kelly hold so many prominent records when the two were no-name recruits.
ON THE MARK: Placekicker Mark Buchholz, who has been the subject of much criticism by fans this year, was perfect on the day and he did something no other kicker in school history has done.
The junior made field goals from 48, 52 and 43 yards to become the first Tiger to make three in one game from 43 yards or more.
He also becomes the first kicker in a decade to split the uprights from beyond 50 yards. The last Clemson kicker to do it was David Richardson in 1997.
"I felt good out there today," Buchholz said. "It was definitely good to make some long ones. People have been doubting that I can make some long ones. Hopefully I proved them wrong."
QUICK HITS: This year's Clemson defense will not be know as the worst pass rushing team in school history after recording five sacks against Wake Forest. The five give the Tigers 20 on the season, besting the lowest mark of 16, set in 1980. Sacks started being kept as a statistic in 1979. …
The Tigers tried all sorts of trick plays against Wake Forest. Receiver Tyler Grisham was set to throw a pass on a reverse and earlier, the Tigers tried to do a triple-reverse pass, but both were snuffed out. …
Wake Forest's 52-yard field goal by Sam Swank meant it was the first time in Clemson history that it played in a game where each team booted one from beyond 50. … C.J. Spiller became the first player in school history to have kickoff returns for touchdowns in back-to-back games. … It was also his ninth touchdown of 50 yard or longer, increasing his own school record. …
Davis moved into third on Clemson's all-time career rushing list with 2,926 yards, passing Kenny Flowers. Davis stands just 133 yards from taking over second place from Travis Zachery. … Clemson's scoring drive of 7:29 in the fourth quarter was the longest scoring drive of season in terms of time. …
There were no significant injuries other than Christian Chancellor sustaining a slightly sprained ankle. … Defensive lineman Kwam Williams has been kicked off the football team for the rest of the year due to a violation of athletic department policy. He will remain in school and is on scheduled to graduate in December.
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