No. 4 Clemson Defeats Wake Forest, 35-13
Nov. 19, 2016

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- No. 4 Clemson outpaced Wake Forest 35-13 on Saturday night in front of 31,512 fans at BB&T Field.

Wake Forest (6-5, 3-4 ACC) could not overcome a tough first quarter in which Clemson (10-1, 7-1 ACC) tallied 21 points and held the Deacons scoreless. The Deacons scored 10 in the second and added a field goal in the third but could not make up the difference.

Redshirt freshman quarterback Kyle Kearns started in place of an injured John Wolford and passed for 122 yards. Running back Cade Carney had 59 yards rushing with one touchdown. Cam Serigne had 41 receiving yards while Chuck Wade had 55 yards.

Jessie Bates III led Wake Forest with 12 tackles including six solo. Marquel Lee had 12 tackles and five solo stops while Josh Okonye had a career-high 12 tackles.

Clemson scored on its first possession as Wayne Gallman ran for a 42-yard touchdown, converting on 4th-and-short. Deshaun Watson increased the Tigers' lead to 14-0 on a 3-yard touchdown run midway through the opening frame.

The Tigers increased their lead to 21-0 after a Mike Williams 15-yard touchdown catch. Clemson added a touchdown from Watson in the second quarter, which was followed by a 42-yard field goal for Wake Forest from Mike Weaver to make it 28-3.

Late in the second quarter, Wake Forest added a touchdown from Cade Carney on a 1-yard rush. In the drive leading up to the touchdown, Kearns hit Serigne for a 41-yard pass to take the Deacons into Clemson territory.

Clemson led Wake Forest 28-10 at halftime.

Halfway through the third quarter, Wake Forest drove down the field thanks to a 22-yard run from Colburn and a 51-yard catch from Wade. Weaver kicked a 23-yard field goal to make it 28-13.

Gallman ran for a 1-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to close out the scoring.

Kearns Gets the Start
Redshirt freshman quarterback Kyle Kearns earned his first career start on Saturday. This marks the third consecutive year that Wake Forest has started a freshman quarterback. Kearns has played in three games previous to his start vs. Clemson. John Wolford sat out Saturday's game due to an injured ankle.

Kearns finished the game 7-for-18 with 126 yards passing and no turnovers.

Just for Kicks
Mike Weaver moved up a spot in the history books on Saturday. Weaver kicked two field goals for a total of 19 on the season. That ties Sam Swank's 2005 mark for second-most field goals in a season for Wake Forest. Weaver ranks third in school history for most career field goals with 45. He is two away from tying Matthew Burdick (1996-99), who is second in school history.

450th Wake Forest Game
Saturday's game against Clemson was the 450th consecutive game that Bill Faircloth has attended. Faircloth, the Assistant Athletic Director for Football, is in his 51st year of college football as a coach or administrator and his 39th on the Wake Forest football staff. Faircloth is a 1964 Wake Forest graduate and was an All-ACC Academic selection and the starting tackle for the Deacons.

Here Comes the Boom
Punter Dom Maggio had a rocket of a punt in the third quarter for an 80-yard kick. It was the third-longest punt in Wake Forest history and the third-longest in FBS this season.

Serigne's Streak Intact
Tight end Cam Serigne caught just one pass against Clemson but it gives him a catch in 34 consecutive games (every game he has played). He ranks among the nation's leaders in catches made in consecutive games.

Tackling Trio
Wake Forest's defense continues to be led by Jessie Bates III and Marquel Lee. Bates had a team-high 12 tackles including six solo stops and one breakup. Lee matched that team-high with 12 tackles and five solo stops.

Bates or Lee have led Wake Forest in tackles in every game this season.

Force the Turnover
Coming into Saturday's contest, Wake Forest was tied for ninth nationally with a +9 turnover margin which led the ACC. The Deacons recovered a muffed punt in the second quarter which led to a field goal for the Demon Deacons. Wake Forest did not turn the ball over in the game.