ACC Football: Wake Forest vs. Clemson Final Report

Joshua AllenContributor IINovember 12, 2011

CLEMSON, SC - SEPTEMBER 4:  Running back Yusef Kelly #5 of the Clemson University Tigers jumps over the pile at the goaline during an Atlantic Coast Conference game against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons on September 4, 2004, at Clemson Memorial Stadium in Clemson, South Carolina. Clemson won 37-30. (Photo By Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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Clemson pulled out a close game this afternoon against Wake Forest with a last minute field goal to win 31-28.

Both sides showed problems, but none that haven't been seen before. Tajh Boyd almost cost Clemson the game. Wake fell apart late after holding a big lead. Business as usual.

The game was a pretty good one from a non-partisan point of view. Wake came out strong in the third quarter and scored 21 straight points to lead 28-14. Brandon Pendergrass put the team on his back as he rushed through the Clemson defense as if it were butter.

Clemson came back behind the arm of Tajh Boyd, who threw two interceptions and could have easily thrown five more. But Clemson was the superior team and it showed as the game progressed with the offense becoming nearly unstoppable in the fourth quarter.

In the end, this has major implications for the ACC, as a Wake win would have likely sent them to Charlotte rather than Clemson. Now, Clemson will go play either Virginia or Virginia Tech for a chance to go to the Orange Bowl.

Up next for both teams: Clemson is playing a strange NC State team (they lost to Boston College this week despite beating UNC); Wake Forest has Maryland next weekend in Winston-Salem and will likely make a bowl game.

Clemson and Wake are both solid teams and will likely continue to have success for the rest of the season as well as the next few years.