WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Clemson rallied from eight points down in the second half to force overtime and then earned a hard-fought, 51-45, victory in double overtime over No. 21 Wake Forest.
The Tigers (4-0, 2-0 ACC) got 371 passing yards and five touchdown passes from quarterback DJ Uiagalelei, while running back Will Shipley rushed for 104 yards and scored one touchdown on 20 carries.
Here are a few notes from Clemson’s win at Truist Field on Saturday:
- Clemson won its 10th consecutive game to extend the nation’s longest active winning streak.
- Clemson improved to 70-17-1 all-time against Wake Forest. Wake Forest became the second opponent against which Clemson has won 70 games all-time, including its 72 all-time wins against South Carolina.
- Clemson won its 14th consecutive game against Wake Forest, dating to 2009. It marks Clemson’s second 14-game winning streak in series history, trailing a 15-game streak from 1977-91.
- Clemson improved to 32-4 in true road games since 2015.
- Clemson improved to 25-7 against AP Top 25 teams since 2015.
- Clemson improved to 29-1 all-time against Wake Forest in games in which the Tigers are ranked in the AP Top 25. Clemson’s only loss to Wake Forest while ranked was in 1945. Ranked Clemson teams have now won 29 consecutive games against the Demon Deacons spanning the 1948-2022 seasons.
- Swinney improved to 33-3 all-time against teams from the state of North Carolina.
- The victory evened Clemson at 8-8 in overtime games all-time and represented Clemson’s third overtime win under Dabo Swinney.
- Clemson earned its first overtime victory since Oct. 15, 2016, a 24-17 win against NC State.
- Clemson is now 33-7 in one-possession games since 2011, the highest winning percentage in the country in one-score games in that span (82.5 percent).
- Clemson played its 16th overtime game in school history and its first since Sept. 25 last season at NC State. It was the sixth multi-overtime game in school history and Clemson’s third in three years.
- The 300-yard passing game was Uiagalelei’s first of the season and the third of his career, pulling him with one of the career total of his position coach Brandon Streeter (four from 1996-99). It was Uiagalelei’s first 300-yard game since his career-high 439-yard effort at Notre Dame in 2020.
- Uiagaleleiengineered his fourth career fourth-quarter comeback win, tying Deshaun Watson for the second-most by a Clemson quarterback since 2000.
- Uiagalelei became the first Clemson player to throw for 300 or more yards, rush for 50 or more yards and throw three touchdowns in a game since Deshaun Watson accomplished the feat against Louisville on Oct. 1, 2016.
- Uiagaleleiproduced the first game by a Clemson player with at least 370 passing yards, at least five touchdowns and no interceptions since Watson at NC State in 2015.
- On Clemson’s first play from scrimmage, Shipley(1,091) surpassed 1,000 career rushing yards with a career-long 53-yard rush.
- Shipleyscored on a one-yard touchdown run on a second effort in the fourth quarter. Shipley has now rushed for a touchdown in seven consecutive games, dating to last season. His streak is Clemson’s longest since Travis Etienne rushed for a touchdown in seven straight games in 2020.
- Shipley’s touchdown streak ties Kenny Flowers (seven consecutive games in 1985) and Travis Etienne (seven-game streaks in 2018 and 2020) for the sixth-longest streak of consecutive games with a rushing touchdown in Clemson history.
- Wide receiver Brannon Spectorscored his first career touchdown on a career-long 41-yard reception on Clemson’s second drive.
- Tight end Davis Allen caught four passes for 36 yards with two touchdowns. He became the first Clemson tight end to catch multiple touchdown passes in a game since Braden Galloway against Miami (Fla.) in 2020.
- Allenscored his first touchdown of the season on a five-yard pass from Uiagalelei in the third quarter. Allen added a 21-yard touchdown catch in the second overtime period.
- The touchdown catches were Allen’s eighth and ninth of his career, pulling him into a tie with K.D. Dunn (nine from 1981-84) for the sixth-most by a tight end in Clemson history.
- Following the Allen touchdown, Uiagaleleiconnected with Beaux Collins for a successful two-point conversion. It was Clemson’s first successful two-point conversion since the College Football Playoff National Championship Game against LSU to conclude the 2019 season, when Amari Rodgers converted the try on a pass from Trevor Lawrence.
- Wide receiver Beaux Collinscaught a 21-yard pass from Uiagalelei in the first overtime period.
- Collinshas now caught a touchdown in four straight games for the first time in his career. He became the first Clemson player with a touchdown catch in four straight games since Tee Higgins’ five-game streak late in the 2019 season.
- Collinsbecame the first Clemson player to post a receiving touchdown in each of the first four games of a season since Sammy Watkins in 2011.
- Wide receiver Antonio Williamsmade his first career start and recorded a career-long 39-yard reception from Uiagalelei on a third-down conversion in the second quarter.
- Clemson concluded the first half with a 15-play, 51-yard drive that culminated in a 38-yard T. Potterfield goal. In terms of plays run, it was Clemson’s longest drive of the season and its longest since a 16-play touchdown drive in last year’s Cheez-It Bowl.
- Potter finished 3-for-3 on field goals and 4-for-4 on PATs.
- On his fourth PAT of the day (which tied the game 45-45), Potter(204) passed Chandler Catanzaro (203 from 2010-13) for second on Clemson’s leaderboard for career PATs.
- Potter’sthird field goal of the game, a career-long-tying 52-yarder, tied the game at 38 late in the fourth quarter. On the kick, Potter (60) joined Nelson Welch, Chandler Catanzaro, Obed Ariri and Chris Gardocki as the only players in school history with 60 career field goals.
- Potter’s52-yard field goal added to his existing Clemson records for career field goals of 40 yards or more (27) and 50 yards or more (eight).
- With 13 points in the game, Potter(384 career points) passed Greg Huegel (379 from 2015-18) for fourth in school history in career points.
- Clemson converted 16-of-23 third downs. Clemson’s 16 third-down conversions were a school single-game record, surpassing its 15 against Western Carolina in 1983.
- Clemson has now produced back-to-back 40-point performances for the first time since last year’s UConn and Wake Forest games. Clemson has also scored 45 points in back-to-back games for the first time since the Pitt and Virginia Tech games to end the 2020 regular season.
- Clemson has now scored 35 points in four consecutive games for the first time since a seven-game streak to open the 2020 season. Clemson also reached the 30-point mark for the ninth time in a 10-game span, dating to last season.
- Clemson won despite 120 penalty yards, its most since the 2013 Orange Bowl vs. Ohio State (144).
- The game included 11 combined passing touchdowns between the two teams, the most in a Clemson game in records dating back to 1950.
- The game was only the third in Clemson history in which both teams scored at least 45 points, joining Clemson’s 2011 win against Maryland (56-45) and its 2012 win against NC State (62-48).
- The game marked only the third time in history that Clemson and Wake Forest had met in a matchup of two AP-ranked teams. In the previous two meetings, No. 10 Clemson defeated No. 19 Wake Forest, 21-14, in 1948, and No. 16 Clemson defeated No. 17 Wake Forest, 13-12, in 1950.
- Wake Forest took a 21-20 lead with 12:13 remaining in the third quarter. It ended a streak of 440 minutes and 50 seconds in which Clemson had not trailed, dating to last year’s game against UConn. It had been the longest active streak in the country.
- Head Coach Dabo Swinneycoached his 190th career game as Clemson’s head coach to pull within one game of North Carolina and Wake Forest’s Bill Dooley (191) for third-most career games as an ACC head coach.
—Clemson Athletic Communications contributed to this story
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