NCAAF Game Recap - Wake Forest at Clemson
Sat Nov 16, 2019 3:30 PM EST

LSU
58
Miss
37
F
OHSt
56
Rut
21
F
Wake
3
Clem
52
F
Ala
38
MisSt
7
F
UGA
21
Aub
14
F
Ariz
6
Oreg
34
F
Minn
19
Iowa
23
F
UCLA
3
Utah
49
F
Ind
27
PSU
34
F
Okla
34
Bayl
31
F
Fla
23
Mizzu
6
F
MSU
10
Mich
44
F
Wisc
37
Neb
21
F
Navy
20
ND
52
F
Cin
20
SoFL
17
F
Mem
45
Hou
27
F
NM
9
Boise
42
F
Tex
21
IASt
23
F
Kans
13
OkSt
31
F
E Mi
42
Akr
14
F
WestMI
37
Ohio
34
F OT
NIU
31
Toled
28
F
BGSU
3
MiaOH
44
F
Buff
27
Kent
30
F
UNC
27
Pitt
34
F OT
LaTec
10
Marsh
31
F
Fres
7
SDSU
17
F
Tul
21
Temp
29
F
TCU
33
TxTch
31
F
UMass
6
NW
45
F
AlaSt
12
FlaSt
49
F
VMI
6
Army
47
F
UTEP
10
UAB
37
F
Troy
63
TxSt
27
F
CoCar
27
ArkSt
28
F
ULMon
29
GaSo
51
F
IdSt
10
BYU
42
F
C Mi
45
Ball
44
F
KY
38
Vand
14
F
WVU
24
K St
20
F
VaTec
45
GATec
0
F
(N/A)
28
NMSt
41
F
Hawaii
21
UNLV
7
F
Wyo
21
UtSt
26
F
Syr
49
Duke
6
F
Stan
22
WaSt
49
F
Rice
31
MidTN
28
F
ULLaf
37
SoAl
27
F
SMiss
36
UTSA
17
F
AF
38
ColSt
21
F
App
56
GASt
27
F
AzSt
34
OreSt
35
F
SCar
6
TxAM
30
F
Lou
34
NCSt
20
F
USC
41
Cal
17
F

Nov 16, 2019, 3:30 PM EST

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Wake Forest (7-3)

3

0

0

0

3

(3) Clemson (11-0)

14

17

14

7

52

Lawrence throws 4 TDs as No. 3 Clemson tops Deacons 52-3
Sat Nov 16, 2019 8:25 PM

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) Trevor Lawrence wasn’t going to slow down after clinching the ACC Atlantic a week earlier. No. 3 Clemson didn’t, either.

Lawrence tied his career high with four touchdowns, three to Tee Higgins, and No. 3 Clemson won its 26th straight game and completed a second straight perfect Atlantic Coast Conference regular season with a 52-3 victory over Wake Forest on Saturday.

Tigers coach Dabo Swinney said the team has played its best football the past six games as the postseason approaches.

“It’s not like we’re trying to score a certain amount of points,” he said. “We just let them play. We’re doing the things you need to do to win a championship.”

Much of that starts with Lawrence, who after a sometimes shaky start to the season has steadied himself to look like the stellar passer who led Clemson to the national title a year ago.

Lawrence has thrown for 19 TDs and three interceptions in the past six games - and was front and center of Clemson’s latest blowout.

The Tigers (11-0, 8-0, No. 3 CFP) opened quickly and, after an uncomfortable stretch of four series with just a field goal, turned it on again right before halftime to win their 11th in a row over the Demon Deacons (7-3, 3-3).

“It showed that we’re focused. We don’t feel like we’ve arrived,” Lawrence said. “We have a lot more ahead of us.”

Especially if the Tigers play like this.

Lawrence and Higgins connected on a 14-yard scoring pass on Clemson’s first drive and Travis Etienne followed with a 14-yard run for a 14-0 lead five minutes into the game. The Tigers got it going again in the half’s final minute with Lawrence finding Higgins between a pair of defenders on another 14-yard scoring pass with 42 seconds left. Cornerback A.J. Terrell got an interception with 20 seconds left - the second pick thrown by Wake Forest passer Jamie Newman - and Lawrence threw a perfect strike to Higgins from 30 yards out as Clemson led 31-3 at the break.

“We came out strong, then we lost a little tempo in the first quarter,” Higgins said. “We decided to get back on track.”

Lawrence’s last scoring throw was a 10-yarder to Frank Ladson. That matched Lawrence’s career best accomplished twice last season against Georgia Tech and Florida State.

This one figured to have more at stake as surprising Wake Forest had only one ACC loss heading into November and looked for an upset at Clemson to gain the ACC Atlantic’s spot in the league championship game. But he Demon Deacons were beaten at Virginia Tech, 36-17 last week and Clemson clinched its fifth consecutive division crown with a 55-10 win at North Carolina State a week ago.

Wake Forest lost two straight games for the first time this season. The Demon Deacons, who were averaging 487 yards a game, managed just 105 yards in this one.

It was Wake Forest’s first game without receiver Sage Surratt, who had been leading the ACC with more than 111 yards a game.

“We’re not at that level yet and we’re certainly not close to that level when we’re short-handed,” Demon Deacons coach Dave Clawson said.

Lawrence, the 6-foot-6 sophomore, left in the third quarter, finishing 21 of 27 for 272 yards.

Etienne had 121 yards, his sixth consecutive game with 100 or more yards and his seventh this season.

Clemson reached 11-0 for the third time in five seasons. It can finish a second straight undefeated regular season when it faces state rival South Carolina on Nov. 30.

THE TAKEAWAY

Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons could get little going. They had just 54 yards in the opening quarter as the Tigers quickly figured out how to handle Wake Forest’s exaggerated mesh-point handoff schemes. The Demon Deacons can still finish high in the ACC by handling business in their final two league games against Duke and Syracuse, who came into this week a combined 7-11.

Clemson: The Tigers certainly proved they had no equal in the ACC regular season. The defending national champions also look like they’re rounding into shape for whichever College Football Playoff opponent they draw. They’ve scored at 45 points in six straight games and have not allowed an opponent to score more than 14 points in that stretch.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Clemson has won and slid before this season. But can’t imagine the Tigers fall from the No. 3 spot they hold in both the AP rankings and the College Football Playoff poll.

BANGED UP?

Clemson starting receivers Amari Rodgers and Justyn Ross both came out with injuries in the first half. Swinney said neither was serious and both should play at South Carolina in two weeks. Rodgers hurt his right shoulder on an early punt return while Ross fell on his ribs late in the second quarter.

UP NEXT

Wake Forest concludes its home season against Duke on Saturday.

Clemson takes a week off before closing the regular season at state rival South Carolina on Nov. 30.

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Passing

Wake Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
J. Newman 14 6 42.9 0 41 10 2 10.7
Clem Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
T. Lawrence 27 21 77.8 4 272 55 0 148.2
C. Brice 8 5 62.5 1 76 21 1 93.8

Rushing

Wake Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
K. Flowers 9 27 3.0 7 0
J. Newman 12 19 1.6 10 0
Clem Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
T. Etienne 16 121 7.6 25 1
L. Dixon 6 34 5.7 22 1

Receiving

Wake Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
K. Hinton 2 17 8.5 10 0
D. Greene 2 12 6.0 7 0
Clem Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
T. Higgins 4 64 16.0 30 3
L. Dixon 2 62 31.0 55 0

Fumbles

Returning

Wake KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
K. Walker III 1 15.0 0 15 0 - 0 0
C. Beal-Smith 1 18.0 0 18 0 - 0 0
Clem KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
D. Kendrick 2 25.5 0 32 1 4.0 0 4
A. Rodgers 0 - 0 0 2 28.5 0 53

Punting

Wake Punt Yds Avg LgPu
D. Maggio 9 519 57.7 66
Clem Punt Yds Avg LgPu
W. Spiers 2 72 36.0 42
S. Sawicki 2 95 47.5 53

Takeaways

Wake Int Yds InTD
K. Good 1 0 0
Clem Int Yds InTD
A. Terrell 1 37 0
T. Muse 1 0 0

Team Stats Comparison

Wake Clem
Points For 3 52
Total Yards 105 516
Rushing Yards 64 168
Passing Yards 41 348
Passing Completions / Attempts 6/14 26/35
Turnovers 2 1
Interceptions Thrown 2 1
Fumbles - Lost 0/0 1/0
First Downs 5 26
Penalties - Yards 3/25 4/35
Time Of Possession 25:25 35:35
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 2/13 4/11
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 0/1 0/1
Punts - Average Yards 9/58 4/42

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter Wake Clem
Clem 3:20 TD Tee Higgins 14 yd pass from Trevor Lawrence (B.T. Potter kick) 0 7
Clem 5:05 TD Travis Etienne 14 yd run (B.T. Potter kick) 0 14
Wake 13:31 FG Nick Sciba 30 yd FG 3 14
2nd Quarter Wake Clem
Clem 6:15 FG B.T. Potter 35 yd FG 3 17
Clem 14:18 TD Tee Higgins 14 yd pass from Trevor Lawrence (B.T. Potter kick) 3 24
Clem 14:47 TD Tee Higgins 30 yd pass from Trevor Lawrence (B.T. Potter kick) 3 31
3rd Quarter Wake Clem
Clem 4:20 TD Frank Ladson Jr. 10 yd pass from Trevor Lawrence (B.T. Potter kick) 3 38
Clem 7:55 TD Lyn-J Dixon 9 yd run (B.T. Potter kick) 3 45
4th Quarter Wake Clem
Clem 3:11 TD Joseph Ngata 21 yd pass from Chase Brice (B.T. Potter kick) 3 52

Game Information

Stadium: Memorial Stadium, Clemson, South Carolina
Attendance: 80,875
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