NOTES: Tigers Travel to Wake

The Tigers return to action Thursday against No. 21 Wake Forest at Groves Stadium.

Clemson vs. Wake Forest Series
•Clemson owns 56 wins over Wake Forest in history, its second highest victory total over any opponent. Clemson has 63 wins over South Carolina. Forty-six of those wins against Wake Forest have taken place since the ACC was formed in 1953.

•Clemson won the 2006 game at Wake Forest, 27-17. Gaines Adams, now with the Tampa Bay Bucs of the NFL, had a game changing 66-yard fumble return on a botched field goal attempt in the fourth quarter to cut the Demon Deacons lead to 17-10. The Tigers scored 24 points in the fourth period to gain the victory.

•This is Clemson's third appearance at Wake Forest in the last four years. With the expansion of the ACC in 2004 and 2005 there were some changes made to the schedule and it forced Clemson to go to Wake Forest in consecutive years, 2005 and 2006. Wake Forest won the 2005 meeting 31-27 and Clemson won the 2006 game, 27-17.

•Clemson leads the series 56-16-1 overall, including a 32-7 record in games played at Clemson and a 28-7 mark in games played in Death Valley. Clemson has won 22 of the last 24 against Wake Forest 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. Wake Forest also won at Clemson in 1998.

• 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. Clemson won four in a row after that game and Wake Forest lost its last three games. In 2005, Wake Forest defeated Clemson 31-27. Clemson finished that season in the top 25 as well with an 8-4 record. So the last two wins for Wake Forest in the series they defeated Clemson teams that ended the season in the top 25.

•Clemson has a 46-8-1 edge in the series since 1953, a .845 winning percentage. Clemson has played Wake Forest in football 55 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 has a 20-9-1 lead in the series in games played at Wake Forest, including 12-5-1 in games played at Groves Stadium.

•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 11 out of 14 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 has a 7-2 record against Wake Forest under Tommy Bowden, but five of the seven Clemson wins have been decided by 10 points or less. The Tigers won 12-3 in 1999, 21-14 in 2001, 31-23 in 2002 and 37-30 in double overtime in 2004. The Tigers won 27-17 in 2006, but trailed 17-3 entering the fourth period.

•Clemson's only two large margins against Wake Forest under Bowden took place in 2000 when Clemson won by a 55-9 score and last year when Clemson won 44-10.

•The two teams have played at three neutral sites games over the years, 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 that season.

Clemson Only Team to beat Wake Forest Last Two Years
While Wake Forest has been given Clemson trouble since Jim Grobe became the head coach of the Demon Deacons in 2001, the Tigers have defeated Wake Forest each of the last two years, the only team that can make that claim. Clemson won the 2006 contest at Wake Forest by a 27-17 score, the year Wake Forest won the ACC championship.

Last year Clemson defeated Wake Forest 44-10 at Clemson in what proved to be a Atlantic Division race elimination game. That 44- 10 Clemson victory is Wake Forest's largest margin of defeat since 2004, a period of time dating 43 games. Tommy Bowden is 5-2 against Jim Grobe head-to-head, and Bowden is 7-2 against Wake Forest overall.

Last Game in Winston-Salem: Clemson 27, Wake Forest 17 (2006)
With No. 15 Clemson trailing 17-3 entering the fourth quarter, the Tigers scored the final 24 points to defeat unbeaten Wake Forest 27-17 at Groves Stadium on October 7, 2006. It was the third time in school history that the Tigers overcame a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter to gain victory.

The turning point came on the first play of the fourth quarter. Wake Forest lined up for a field goal that would have given it a 17-point lead. But Jon Temple was unable to cleanly receive the snap. He got up and tried to make a play, but Gaines Adams caused a fumble, grabbed the ball out of midair with one hand, and raced 66 yards for a score.

Clemson scored two more touchdowns and a field goal thanks in part to two more turnovers caused by its defense.

The Tigers started four drives inside their own five, including twice on the one. But, Clemson had a pair of 96-yard drives, the first time in Tiger history that it had two drives of 95 yards or more in the same game.

C.J. Spiller rushed for 104 yards on nine carries, while James Davis carried 26 times for 95 yards. Davis was kept out of the end zone, snapping his nine-game streak of scoring at least one rushing touchdown.

Will Proctor was 20-30 for 214 yards and came through with the game-tying score on a touchdown pass to Aaron Kelly. Kelly had five catches for 91 yards, both game-highs. Riley Skinner showed pinpoint accuracy, as he was 18-23 for 169 yards to lead the Demon Deacon passing attack.

Kevin Marion took the opening kickoff 93 yards to the Tiger seven. But C.J. Gaddis stripped De'Angelo Bryant on first-and-goal from the two, and Duane Coleman recovered at the one.

Clemson marched 96 yards in 14 plays on the ensuing drive, but settled for a Jad Dean 20- yard field goal after the drive stalled at the three.

Late in the first quarter, the Demon Deacons drove 67 yards in nine plays to take the lead. Skinner hit Morton down the sideline for 36 yards to move into Tiger territory. Then on third-and-goal, Skinner connected with Willie Idlette in the back of the end zone for a six-yard touchdown pass.

Later in the quarter Morton lofted a perfectly-thrown 19-yard strike to Skinner on an end-around pass to put Wake Forest up 14-3. Sam Swank added a field goal to make the count 17-3 going into the fourth period.

A Proctor interception late in the third period gave the Demon Deacons possession again in Tiger territory. Five plays netted 15 yards to the Tiger 24. That is when Adams came through with the play-of-the-game on the botched field-goal attempt. Adams' 66-yard fumble return on the first play of the fourth quarter was his only touchdown as a Tiger.

Brandon Cannon stripped Skinner on Wake Forest's ensuing drive, and Donnell Clark recovered at the Demon Deacon 43. Five plays later, Proctor zipped a 20-yard touchdown pass to Kelly to tie the score.

Clemson's defense forced a three-and- out, but Swank pinned the Tigers inside their own five again. After Thomas Hunter's 10-yard catch on third down, C.J. Spiller sprinted 72 yards for the go-ahead touchdown with 7:22 left. It was the longest run by a Tiger running back since 1993.

Wake Forest drove into Tiger territory on the ensuing drive, but was called for a penalty. Gaddis later intercepted Skinner's pass and returned the ball near midfield.

The Tigers drove inside the 10 before settling for Dean's field goal that gave Clemson a 10-point lead with 1:12 left.

Tigers Unusual Schedule Continues
Clemson just completed a four-game home stand in four consecutive weeks, the first time that has happened since 1989. Now the Tigers are in a stretch in which they will play just one home game in a 48-day period. That game will be against Georgia Tech on October 18.

First, Clemson will travel to Wake Forest to play the Demon Deacons on Thursday, October 9. The Wake Forest and Georgia Tech games are the only games on the schedule in October for the Tigers. This is the first time since 1918 that Clemson plays just two games in the month of October, That year Clemson had just one October game and it was against Georgia Tech. Clemson plays just on just one of the four Saturdays in October this year.

Clemson will concluded the season with five games in November, including three ACC games on the road, at Boston College, at Florida State and at Virginia. This will be the first time Clemson has played five games in November since 1958, exactly 50 years ago. That year Clemson won four of its last five to finish with an 8-2 mark and gain a berth in the Sugar Bowl for the only time in school history.

Tigers Have Started Four Different OL Combinations in Five Games
Clemson has had four different starting combinations in the offensive line over the first five games of the season. Injuries to three starters have led to the changes over the course of the first month of the season. It was not an area that Clemson could afford to have injuries because the Tigers were replacing four starters from last year's team that led the conference in scoring.

The problems began when Barry Humphries suffered a knee injury against Alabama. The starting guard has not returned since. Chris Hairston, starting tackle, then sustained a knee injury in a moped accident after The Citadel game. He returned to limited action against Maryland. David Smith, a starting guard, suffered a high ankle sprain against South Carolina State and did not play against Maryland.

At times Clemson has started three red-shirt freshmen in the offensive line at the same time, a first since 1943. Bobby Hutchinson started the last game at a guard. The senior was suppose to spend the season as a student assistant coach, but the injuries have brought him to the active roster.

Despite the injuries, the Tigers have faired well in the ACC stats so far this year. As a team, Clemson is fourth in the ACC in scoring at 30.6 points per game, sixth in rushing offense at 165.6 yards per game and fourth in passing offense at 220.2 yards per game. Clemson is second in the conference in pass efficiency offense at 134.5 and is third in total offense at 385.8 yards per game.

Center Thomas Austin is the only Tiger to start all five games at the same offensive line position. Austin and tackle Cory Lambert are the only two to start all five games.

Tigers Gain 221 Yards Rushing vs. Maryland
Clemson rushed for 221 yards in its 20-17 loss to Maryland on September 27. It marked the first time since 1999 that Clemson lost a game in which it ran for at least 200 yards. Clemson had won 30 consecutive games since a loss at Georgia Tech in 1999 when it had gained at least 200 yards rushing. Clemson is now 33-2 under Tommy Bowden when it gains at least 200 yards rushing.

Spiller Has Had Long Plays vs. Wake Forest
Clemson running back C.J. Spiller has 11 touchdown runs of at least 50 yards in his career and two of them have come against Wake Forest, one in each of the last two years. As a freshman in 2006, Spiller had a 72-yard touchdown run in the fourth period in Clemson's 27-17 victory. Last year, Spiller had a 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against Wake Forest, the second longest play of his three-year career. The only play that is longer is a 96-yard kickoff return for a score against Alabama earlier this year.

Davis Nearing 100-yard Rushing Game Record
Clemson senior running back James Davis had his 14th career 100-yard rushing game against Maryland on September 27. Davis now needs just one 100-yard rushing game to tie Raymond Priester's career record of 15 set between 1994-97. Priester is Clemson's career rushing leader with 3966 yards and Davis is second with 3505. Thus, Davis needs 462 to break the career mark.

Davis had 17 attempts for 126 yards and a touchdown against Maryland, but the Tigers dropped a 20-17 decision. It was the first time Clemson had lost a game in which Davis gained at least 100 yards so the record is now 13-1. Davis averaged 7.4 yards per carry against Maryland and now has a 6.15 average for the season. Davis has a 5.45 yards per carry figure for his career, 17th best in the nation among active Division I players.

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