Deacs Defeat Clemson, 31-27

The Demon Deacon offense woke up in the first half Saturday afternoon. After averaging under 20 points per game in the Deacons' first four games, Wake Forest's offense erupted for 21 first half points on Saturday in Winston-Salem. In the second half, the Deacon offense did just enough to help the Deacs to victory, marching 66-yards on their final drive for the game winning touchdown.

With more a more open style of play calling and Cory Randolph at the helm of the Demon Deacon offense, the Demon Deacons scored three first half touchdowns including a 4-yard Randolph run and two Randolph touchdown passes. Kenneth Moore and Nate Morton caught touchdown receptions of 74 and 34-yards, respectively. Clemson also tacked up 21 points in the first half to send the game into halftime knotted at 21.

Things settled down for both teams in the second half. Clemson's Jad Dean connected on field goals of 21 and 47-yards to give Clemson a 27-21 lead after three quarters. Deacon kicker Sam Swank responded with a 33-yard field goal in the 4th.

With just over three minutes remaining the the 4th quarter, junior linebacker Anthony Waters intercepted a pass from Deacon quarterback Cory Randolph setting up a chance for a Clemson field goal to help give the Tigers a larger cushion. The Tigers faked the field goal and kicker Jad Dean was tackled for an eight yard loss.

Starting at their own 34-yard line, the Demon Deacons manufactured the points needed to win the game as Randolph led the Deacs on an eight play, 66-yard drive that ended with a touchdown catch by Kevin Marion with 33 seconds left. Clemson's last ditch attempt to win the game was thwarted as the Wake defense stopped Clemson as time expired with the Tigers at the Demon Deacon four yard line.

On the game, Cory Randolph completed 20-25 passes for 225-yards and three touchdowns in addition to one touchdown rushing. The Demon Deacon ground game was led by Chris Barclay who rushed 22 times for 105-yards.

With the win, the Demon Deacons improve to 2-3 overall, 1-1 in conference play. Clemson falls to 2-3 overall, 1-3 in the ACC. Wake Forest will face off with Florida State in Tallahassee, Florida next weekend.


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