Clemson Downs Wake Forest 28-14
Oct. 7, 2017

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By Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeFB)

CLEMSON, S.C. -- Wake Forest suffered a 28-14 loss to No. 2 Clemson Saturday at Memorial Stadium. After the reigning national champions took a 28-0 lead, the Demon Deacons answered with a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns. The rally came up short as Wake Forest fell to 4-2 overall and 1-2 in the ACC, while Clemson (6-0, 4-0 ACC) won its 11th consecutive game.

Kendall Hinton, making his first start of the season, led the Demon Deacon offense with 92 yards rushing and 203 yards passing, including a pair of touchdown passes. Greg Dortch led the team in receiving with five catches for 78 yards.

Clemson opened the games strong, scoring on its first two drives to take an early 14-0 lead on a 28-yard pass from Kelly Bryant to Deon Cain and a four-yard run by Adam Choice. The Demon Deacon defense tightened and held the Tigers off the scoreboard for the remainder of the half as Clemson led 14-0 at the break.

The Tigers added a 1-yard rush by Travis Etienne and a 13-yard pass from back-up quarterback Hunter Johnson to Cannon Smith to extend the advantage to 28-0 early in the fourth quarter.

Wake Forest rallied with a pair of touchdown drives to cut the lead in half. A 9-play, 78-yard drive was capped by a 16-yard touchdown pass from Hinton to Scotty Washington. On the next drive, the Deacs went for it on 4th-and-Goal from the 11-yard line and Hinton found Cam Serigne in the end zone to complete a 10-play, 60-yard touchdown drive.

The Wake Forest defense forced two turnovers, a fumble recovered by Carlos Basham, Jr., and an interception by Amari Henderson. The Demon Deacons were led by Cameron Glenn and Jessie Bates III, who recorded 11 and 10 tackles, respectively.

The Demon Deacons will have a bye week before returning to action on October 21 at Georgia Tech.