banner

College Football

more stats

7
Final 1234Score
Wake Forest70007
21  Clemson211414756
Preview | Matchup | Log | Wrap | Box
56


Wake Forest (2-2) at (3) Clemson (3-0)



Saturday, September 28, 3:30 p.m. (et)

The Sports Network

By Scott Haynes, Senior College Football Editor

GAME NOTES: The third-ranked Clemson Tigers continue their quest for an ACC championship when they welcome the Wake Forest Demon Deacons to Death Valley.

Dabo Swinney's Tigers were the preseason pick to win the conference crown. Clemson has won each of its first three games in 2013, including opening up league play last week with a hard-fought 26-14 victory over NC State in Raleigh.

A tough ACC road win against a strong defensive squad was encouraging for Swinney.

"That's why I'm excited about our team right now," Swinney said, "because we have found different ways to win and complemented each other at critical times...so it's been a pretty complete effort by our football team these first three games."

Jim Grobe's Demon Deacons will attempt to derail Clemson's plans this weekend. Wake Forest has split its first four games, with wins over Presbyterian and Army sandwiched around losses to Boston College and ULM.

Clemson holds a decisive 60-17-1 advantage in the all-time series. The Tigers have won four straight over the Demon Deacons and six of the last seven matchups overall. Last season, Clemson cruised to a 42-13 victory in Winston- Salem.

Wake Forest beat Army at its own game last week, using a strong rushing attack to pull to .500 on the season. The Demon Deacons rushed for a season-high 228 yards and two touchdowns in a 25-11 victory.

It was a bit above the norm for the season. On the year, Wake Forest is averaging 334.8 yards of total offense, with a modest 121.8 ypg on the ground. Tailback Josh Harris leads the way out of the backfield, although he is netting just 37.8 ypg.

The team has had a little more success through the air, as quarterback Tanner Price has completed 55.2 percent of his throws, for 852 yards (213 ypg), with five touchdowns.

Wide receiver Mike Campanaro is off to a fast start and is clearly the top option in the passing game. The 5-foot-11 senior is averaging 118.0 yards per game and leads the team in receptions (25) and receiving yards (354), with two scores.

Wake Forest's defense has had a great deal of success in 2013, especially against the pass, holding opponents to just 143.2 yards per game (eighth nationally). Overall, foes are netting just 311.5 total offense yards to rank 28th nationally. In addition, Wake has recorded 11 takeaways thus far.

Senior linebacker Mike Olson leads the team with 34 tackles. Senior nose tackle Nikita Whitlock is a monster in the middle of the line, posting 31 tackles, with 9.0 TFL and 3.0 sacks in four games.

The Wake Forest defense will be put to the test against the Tigers, who have been an offensive force for several years, especially with veteran quarterback Tahj Boyd at the helm.

Boyd leads an offense that is averaging 464.7 yards per game in 2013, getting it done with balance. The Tigers are churning out 183.7 yards rushing and 281.0 yards passing.

Boyd's top target is All-American Sammy Watkins, who has returned to form following a down season in 2012. Watkins has 19 receptions through three games, for 242 yards and one TD.

The ground game is paced by tailback Roderick McDowell (5.5 ypc), although Boyd adds another threat when he tucks the ball in and runs. The team has four rushing TDs thus far, with Boyd responsible for three of those scores.

The Clemson defense is once again a step or two behind the offense in terms of production, but is making strides. Foes are averaging 388.0 yards per game.

Linebackers Stephone Anthony and Spencer Shuey have led the charge with sideline-to-sideline play. Anthony leads the team with 37 total tackles, 4.0 TFL and 1.5 sacks. Shuey is a close second in stops (35). Defensive end Vic Beasley (eight tackles) has been a force in terms of rushing the passer, with a team-high five sacks. Freshman end Shaq Lawson (11 tackles, 4.5 TFL, one sack) brings pressure off the edge as well.

Lawson commented on the defense's ability to change the perception in Death Valley.

"If we show up and make big plays, people will change their thoughts about Clemson - they will think of us not just for the offense, but the defense, too."

Grobe recognizes the enormous challenge his Demon Deacons face on the road this week.

"I think we know going down there is tough. Since I've been here we haven't beat Clemson in Death Valley. This is probably a year that is as tough a year to beat them as any year I've been here. They're as talented as possibly any team in the country and very well coached. It will take a great effort on our part. We've had some great games down there, and they've worn us out a couple times. We really have to go down there focused. We have to play for four quarters at a high level to have a chance. This is probably the best Clemson team we've played since I've been here."

The Clemson defense should have a good game against Wake Forest, which has yet to show consistency on the offensive side of the football this season. The Tigers will get after Price and force him to make plays. Meanwhile, Boyd and company will continue to move the ball at will, en route to a lopsided victory.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Clemson 38, Wake Forest 10

09/25 10:37:38 ET

Other Stories

  • NFL: Detroit at Atlanta

    Tomorrow at 9:30 am on FOX50

  • NFL: Seattle at Carolina

    Tomorrow at 1:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: Indianapolis at Pittsburgh

    Tomorrow at 4:25 pm on WRAL-TV

  • World Series: Kansas City at San Francisco

    Tomorrow at 7:30 pm on FOX50

  • NFL: Detroit at Atlanta

    Tomorrow at 9:30 am on 99.9 The Fan

  • NFL: Carolina Panthers vs. Seattle Seahawks

    Tomorrow at 1:00 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • World Series: Kansas City at San Francisco

    Tomorrow at 7:30 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • NFL: Green Bay at New Orleans

    Tomorrow at 8:25 pm on 99.9 The Fan

Scoreboard
Local
Final
UVA 27
UNC 28
Final
NCCU 42
SAVST 14
 
8:07pm Tonight
SFG
KAN
Final
WISC 52
MD 7
Final
SMU 10
MEM 48
Final
ILL 28
MINN 24
 
Final
RICE 41
UNT 21
Final
NEB 42
RUTG 24
Final
KST 23
TEX 0
Final
ARK 45
UAB 17
Final
UVA 27
UNC 28
Final
EMICH 17
NILL 28
Final
NAVY 41
SJST 31
Final
BST 35
AKR 21
 
Final
GASTATE 31
GASO 69
 
Final
TOL 42
UMASS 35
 
Final
WMICH 42
OHIO 21
 
4th
COL 31
UCLA 31
 
4th
UMO 10
KSU 3
 
3rd
WAKE 3
BC 17
 
3rd
BUF 14
CMICH 14
 
3rd
MARS 14
FATL 16
 
3rd
PITT 14
GT 28
 
3rd
SMISS 7
LATU 10
 
3rd
MSU 14
MICH 3
 
3rd
KENT 10
MSST 17
 
3rd
STAN 35
ORST 7
 
Half
TCU 37
TTU 20
 
3rd
OKST 10
WVU 17
 
2nd
WKENT 35
ODU 30
 
2nd
UTST 17
UNLV 7
 
Half
MIZZ 10
VANDY 7
 
1st
UCF 10
TEMPL 0
 
6:00pm Tonight
WASU
ARZ
7:00pm Tonight
CLEM
SYR
7:00pm Tonight
LAMON
TXST
7:00pm Tonight
TXSANANTO
UTEP
7:00pm Tonight
COLST
WYO
7:15pm Tonight
LSU
MISS
7:30pm Tonight
TENN
ALA
7:30pm Tonight
AUB
SCAR
8:00pm Tonight
PSU
OSU
10:00pm Tonight
UTAH
USC
10:45pm Tonight
WASH
ARST
11:59pm Tonight
HAW
NEV
2nd Intermission
SJS 0
BUF 0
 
7:00pm Tonight
TOR
BOS
7:00pm Tonight
NYI
DAL
7:00pm Tonight
PHI
DET
7:00pm Tonight
OTT
NJD
7:00pm Tonight
MON
NYR
8:00pm Tonight
STL
CHI
8:00pm Tonight
NAS
PIT
8:00pm Tonight
MIN
TAM
9:00pm Tonight
ARI
FLA
10:00pm Tonight
CAL
WAS
Final
NCCU 42
SAVST 14