Clemson's Offense Falls Flat Against Deacons


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Wake Forest effectively ended Clemson's goal of going to the ACC championship game with a 12-7 win Thursday night.

Clemson's offense managed just one effective drive against Wake Forest, but somehow still found itself in a position to win the game with just nine minutes left in the game.

The Tigers scored its only touchdown on a 10-yard pass from Cullen Harper to Jacoby Ford late in the third quarter to go up 7-6 and had Wake backed up on its
own 8-yard line facing third down-and-24. The Tigers were poised to somehow steal a win from Wake.

Wake Forest quarterback Riley Skinner stepped back into his own endzone and found D.J. Boldin for a 28-yard pass completion. Twelve plays later Skinner found Boldin again for a 7-yard touchdown pass that gave Wake a win that effectively stopped Clemson's march to the ACC championship game 6 games early.

"We tried everything we had - we tried reverses, face punts, running wide, running up the middle," said Clemson coach Tommy Bowden, who saw his team fall to 3-3. "Everything we had we sure tried."

For most of the game, everything Clemson had Wake had an answer for.
Clemson's offense was ineffective in the first half. The Tigers had -7 yards rushing, mostly on attempts between the tackles that saw James Davis unable to find any holes. The Tigers finished with four first downs. There was 6:42 left in the half when they gained their first first down. It didn't help when C.J. Spiller limped off the field after his second carry and didn't return. He watched the second half in street clothes, finishing the night with 10 yards rushing.

On the final drive of the first half Clemson advanced the ball to the Wake 39, but was forced to punt. Clemson tried a fake punt that didn't fool Wake Forest. It added to the Tigers' negative rushing total during the first half when Wake stopped the play for a loss of 1 yard.

Wake Forest, however, was unable to capitalize. The Demon Deacons' first two drives produced 120 yards, but just three points, a 22-yard fieldgoal by Shane Popham.

Wake gained another 50 yards on its next drive, but it ended with a missed fieldgoal by Popham from 39 yards out. Wake's All-American kicker Sam Swank missed the game due to an injury.

The first half ended with Wake up 3-0.

After the Clemson defense stopped Wake on a fourth down play at the Clemson 30 late in the third quarter, the Clemson offense responded. Cullen Harper found Nelson Farber uncovered for a 35-yard completion on the next play. Suddenly, after controlling the game, the pressure was on Wake. Nine plays later Harper completed a 10-yard touchdown pass to Jacoby Ford that gave the Tigers a 7-3 lead.

Popham hit a 32-yard fieldgoal after Harper threw an interception deep in Clemson's own territory to make the score 7-6.

Clemson stopped Wake on two straight drives after the fieldgoal and appeared poised to pull the game out when it backed Wake up deep in its own territory before Skinner's completion to Boldin.

"He's been doing that since he was a freshman," Bowden said of Skinner.
Clemson had one more chance after Wake's touchdown but couldn't get the ball past midfield.


Date: Oct 09, 2008  Site: Winston-Salem, N.C.   Stadium: BB&T Field
Attendance: 33988

Score by Quarters     1  2  3  4   Score
-----------------    -- -- -- --   -----
Clemson.............  0  0  7  0  -  7
Wake Forest.........  3  0  0  9  - 12

Scoring Summary:
1st 01:23 WF - Popham, S 22 yd field goal
                                                   14 plays, 62 yards, TOP 6:03, CU 0 - WF 3
3rd 00:07 CU - Ford, J 10 yd pass from Harper, C (Buchholz, M kick)
                                                    8 plays, 70 yards, TOP 3:47, CU 7 - WF 3
4th 12:57 WF - Popham, S 32 yd field goal
                                                     4 plays, 2 yards, TOP 0:37, CU 7 - WF 6
    05:28 WF - Boldin, DJ 7 yd pass from Skinner, R (Skinner, R pass failed)
                                                  15 plays, 78 yards, TOP 5:05, CU 7 - WF 12

Kickoff time: 7:45 pm   End of Game: 10:55 pm  Total elapsed time: 3:10
Officials: Referee: Jeff Flanagan; Umpire: Terrence Ramsey; Linesman: Sam Stephenson;
Line judge: Todd LaPenta; Back judge: Virgil Valdez; Field judge: Frank Overcash;
Side judge: Angie Bartis; Scorer: Scott Wortman;
Temperature: 66        Wind: NE 2mph   Weather: Overcast

Team Statistics 

                                     CU       WF

FIRST DOWNS...................       10       21
  Rushing.....................        2       10
  Passing.....................        7        9
  Penalty.....................        1        2
NET YARDS RUSHING.............       21      156
  Rushing Attempts............       23       46
  Average Per Rush............      0.9      3.4
  Rushing Touchdowns..........        0        0
  Yards Gained Rushing........       53      198
  Yards Lost Rushing..........       32       42
NET YARDS PASSING.............      177      186
  Completions-Attempts-Int....  15-35-1  22-36-0
  Average Per Attempt.........      5.1      5.2
  Average Per Completion......     11.8      8.5
  Passing Touchdowns..........        1        1
TOTAL OFFENSE YARDS...........      198      342
  Total offense plays.........       58       82
  Average Gain Per Play.......      3.4      4.2
Fumbles: Number-Lost..........      0-0      1-0
Penalties: Number-Yards.......     7-59     3-17
PUNTS-YARDS...................    7-284    5-173
  Average Yards Per Punt......     40.6     34.6
  Net Yards Per Punt..........     40.3     34.6
  Inside 20...................        2        4
  50+ Yards...................        1        0
  Touchbacks..................        0        0
  Fair catch..................        3        3
KICKOFFS-YARDS................    2-138    4-223
  Average Yards Per Kickoff...     69.0     55.8
  Net Yards Per Kickoff.......     40.5     38.0
  Touchbacks..................        0        0
Punt returns: Number-Yards-TD.    0-0-0    2-2-0
  Average Per Return..........      0.0      1.0
Kickoff returns: Number-Yds-TD   4-71-0   2-57-0
  Average Per Return..........     17.8     28.5
Interceptions: Number-Yds-TD..    0-0-0    1-9-0
Fumble Returns: Number-Yds-TD.    0-0-0    0-0-0
Miscellaneous Yards...........        0        0
Possession Time...............    24:08    35:52
  1st Quarter.................     5:19     9:41
  2nd Quarter.................     6:43     8:17
  3rd Quarter.................     7:02     7:58
  4th Quarter.................     5:04     9:56
Third-Down Conversions........  2 of 14 10 of 21
Fourth-Down Conversions.......   1 of 4   0 of 1
Red-Zone Scores-Chances.......      1-1      3-5
Sacks By: Number-Yards........      0-0     4-30
PAT Kicks.....................      1-1      0-0
Field Goals...................      0-0      2-4

Individual Statistics 

Clemson

Rushing         No Gain Loss  Net TD Lg  Avg
--------------------------------------------
Davis, J        12   27    2   25  0  8  2.1
Spiller, C       2   10    0   10  0 10  5.0
Ford, J          1    2    0    2  0  2  2.0
Hamlin, M        1    0    0    0  0  0  0.0
Harper, C        7   14   30  -16  0  8 -2.3
Totals...       23   53   32   21  0 10  0.9

Passing         Att-Cmp-Int Yds TD Long Sack
--------------------------------------------
Harper, C         35-15-1   177  1   35    4
Totals...         35-15-1   177  1   35    4

Receiving        No.  Yds   TD Long
-----------------------------------
Ford, J            5   43    1   12
Kelly, A           3    9    0    5
Grisham, T         2   38    0   22
Davis, J           2   27    0   20
Faerber, N         1   35    0   35
Dye, X             1   19    0   19
Harper, J          1    6    0    6
Totals...         15  177    1   35

Punting          No.  Yds   Avg Long In20   TB
----------------------------------------------
Maners, J          2   92  46.0   47    0    0
Zimmerman, D       5  192  38.4   54    2    0
Totals...          7  284  40.6   54    2    0

                  Punts   Kickoffs  Intercept
All Returns     No.Yds.Lg No.Yds.Lg No.Yds.Lg
---------------------------------------------
Ford, J          0   0  0  2  26 18  0   0  0
Kelly, A         0   0  0  1  19 19  0   0  0
Spiller, C       0   0  0  1  26 26  0   0  0
Totals...        0   0  0  4  71 26  0   0  0

Field goal attempts
----------------------------------------

Kickoffs         No.  Yds  TB  OB   Avg
---------------------------------------
Buchholz, M        2  138   0   0  69.0



Wake Forest

Rushing         No Gain Loss  Net TD Lg  Avg
--------------------------------------------
Skinner, R      11   74    1   73  0 21  6.6
Adams, J        12   64    8   56  0 23  4.7
Pendergrass, B  12   40    7   33  0 13  2.8
Boldin, DJ       4   19    8   11  0 19  2.8
Harris, K        1    1    0    1  0  1  1.0
TEAM             4    0    4   -4  0  0 -1.0
Brown, D         1    0    5   -5  0  0 -5.0
Williams, Marsh  1    0    9   -9  0  0 -9.0
Totals...       46  198   42  156  0 23  3.4

Passing         Att-Cmp-Int Yds TD Long Sack
--------------------------------------------
Skinner, R        34-22-0   186  1   28    0
Williams, J        1-0-0      0  0    0    0
Boldin, DJ         1-0-0      0  0    0    0
Totals...         36-22-0   186  1   28    0

Receiving        No.  Yds   TD Long
-----------------------------------
Wooster, B         5   36    0   12
Pendergrass, B     5   32    0   19
Brinkman, C        4   31    0    9
Boldin, DJ         3   35    1   28
Williams, Marsh    2   34    0   24
Harris, K          1   11    0   11
Adams, J           1    8    0    8
Belton, R          1   -1    0    0
Totals...         22  186    1   28

Punting          No.  Yds   Avg Long In20   TB
----------------------------------------------
Popham, S          5  173  34.6   42    4    0
Totals...          5  173  34.6   42    4    0

                  Punts   Kickoffs  Intercept
All Returns     No.Yds.Lg No.Yds.Lg No.Yds.Lg
---------------------------------------------
Smith, A         2   2  2  0   0  0  1   9  9
Brown, D         0   0  0  2  57 38  0   0  0
Totals...        2   2  2  2  57 38  1   9  9

Field goal attempts
----------------------------------------
Popham, S       1st 09:07  25 yds - Missed
Popham, S       1st 01:23  22 yds - Good
Popham, S       2nd 01:48  39 yds - Missed
Popham, S       4th 12:57  32 yds - Good

Kickoffs         No.  Yds  TB  OB   Avg
---------------------------------------
Popham, S          4  223   0   0  55.8

FUMBLES: Clemson-None. Wake Forest-Brown, D 1-0.

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Clemson's Offense Falls Flat Against Deacons
B-Meist®
you kiddin***
iptay2k5
flat is being generous
74TIGER
Thanks for the update!!! We had no clue!!!!***
gtyoung10
Wow i did not know that...just thought we did not show up***
LHSTiger88
So do we need to "Jump Ship" now or do we need to "Move On"?***
hunter61
Bowden said we tried everything we knew to. Straight from
Judge Keller
More like Offense digs grave***
MackDaddy®
Re: More like Offense digs grave***
1orangeblood
this says it all
Playdough
Pitiful Summation!***
tigerpaw68®
Tried everything.????? Everything except ...
1cutigers76®
Re: A - freakin' - MEN!!!!!***
hunter61
Wake tried their very best to give us that game
bigjoe404
So blame this one on the offensive line...
One4Tygers
Downfield passing worked but Spence called runs & screens.
Razzmatazz
Yes!***
hunter61
Re: Downfield passing worked but Spence called runs & screens.
Tigerfan010
If TB is honorable, he will do the right thing and resign.***
Razzmatazz
Re: Clemson's Offense Falls Flat Against Deacons
Cuadtigers
Re: Clemson's Offense Falls Flat Against Deacons
icebucket
The day a stubborn idiot became a genius
tigerpaw68®
That was everything we had?
jtfox12
Have you watched CJ this season?
TigerXJ
Re: Have you watched CJ this season?
jtfox12
O-line gave Harper time. Skinner evaded the pass rush.
Razzmatazz
Re: O-line gave Harper time. Skinner evaded the pass rush.
jtfox12
Moot. Bowden just announced Korn will start against GT.***
Razzmatazz
Re: Clemson's Offense Falls Flat Against Deacons
cubobby80
Re: Clemson's Offense Falls Flat Against Deacons
insanetigerfan08
Re: Clemson's Offense Falls Flat Against Deacons
JVTiger
Question, How will we finish? Please respond if you wish.
Tigerfan010
Left out BC......
Tigerfan010
1-5 with Harper & Spence. 7-0 with Korn & Swinney.***
Razzmatazz
Re: 1-5 with Harper & Spence. 7-0 with Korn & Swinney.***
jtfox12
We win out, 6-0, go to the Peach Bowl and get blown out by
hunter61
Good news: Bowden announced Korn will start. Bad news:
Razzmatazz
Re: Good news: Bowden announced Korn will start. Bad news:
jtfox12
Where are those who called me Coot & idiot for dissing TB?
Razzmatazz

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