Instant Analysis: Clemson 31, Wake Forest 28

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Instant Halftime Analysis: Clemson 31, Wake Forest 28

What went right:

The Tigers managed to get the win after trailing 28-14. Chandler CatanzaroChandler Catanzaro
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Greenville, SC

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missed an earlier kick that would have given the Tigers the win, but hit a 43-yarder as time expired to give the Tigers the ACC Atlantic Division championship and a berth in the ACC Championship Game.

Quarterback Tajh BoydTajh Boyd
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Hampton, VA

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shook off a slow start and a sluggish performance to lead three late scoring drives as the Tigers came back for the win.

The Tigers had 522 total yards of offense, but it was veterans like Dwayne AllenDwayne Allen
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Fayetteville, NC

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, Nuk Hopkins and Jaron BrownJaron Brown
RS Jr. Wide Receiver
#18 6-2, 200
Cheraw, SC

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that came through at the end when the Tigers needed scoring drives.

The defense stuffed two Wake threats late in the fourth quarter that helped seal the win.

What went wrong:

Boyd threw two interceptions and Wake could have had at least three more. He struggled with identifying the coverage, and then at times he waited too long to make a decision.

The defense was gashed time and time again as Wake – which came in averaging 104 yards per game on the ground – rushed for 145 yards.

Turning Point of the Game :

The defense sacked Wake QB Tanner Price with 52 seconds remaining that set up Catman’s field goal.

Stat of the Game: Tajh Boyd started out 9-for-20 but finished by hitting 18 of his last 23 passes and he wound up with 343 yards through the air.

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