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.