If the uniforms were stripped of the two teams playing Thursday night, no one would know which one of them was ranked in the Top 25.
Despite owning college football’s worst offense, the 2-6 Wake Forest Demon Deacons are tied 17-17 with the No. 21 Clemson Tigers at halftime.
Both teams benefited from special teams miscues, but it was the play of Wake Forest cornerback Kevin Johnson that stood out.
Johnson’s interception in the first quarter set up the the Demon Deacons’ initial touchdown. Later in the second quarter, the senior defensive back recovered a muffed punt that led to Wake Forest’s second touchdown of the first half.
This is a program that only averages 14.8 points per game. Statistically, Wake Forest is the worst offense in college football. Yet, they’re tied with a nationally-ranked program.
Despite having a lead, Clemson has to be concerned. It took a late touchdown pass from Clemson quarterback Cole Stoudt to freshman Artavis Scott to clinch the Tigers’ first lead of the contest.
The Demon Deacons only have 79 yards of total offense. But their play-calling has been aggressive on both sides of the ball. It wasn’t until Stoudt found running back Wayne Gallman on a screen pass to counter Wake Forest’s blitzes that Clemson finally found the end zone.
Clemson couldn’t move the ball in the first quarter.
But Stoudt and the offense started to gain their footing in the second half with 129 yards. The Tigers are clearly the more talented team. If the defense continues to rattle Wake Forest quarterback John Wolford, then Wake Forest shouldn’t be able to score another point. Meanwhile, Clemson’s offense looks to be getting on track.
Dave Clawson‘s coaching staff can’t hold back with its play-calling in the second half if they plan to muster the biggest win of their season. It may be an uphill battle, but the Demon Deacons are in position to surprise the Tigers if they make a couple plays late in the game.