WF's Jim Grobe: 'I just don't think we respected their footspeed enough'

'They were right where they needed to be. It was a combination of really good receivers and a quarterback that was dropping it on them'

Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins scores on a 61-yard touchdown play during the second quarter at BB&T Field in Winston-Salem, N.C.

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Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins scores on a 61-yard touchdown play during the second quarter at BB&T Field in Winston-Salem, N.C.

The Tigers were, apparently, faster in real life that they looked on film.

"I just don't think we respected their footspeed enough in the first half," said Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe after Clemson bolted to a 35-0 lead and beat the Deacons 42-13 Thursday night at BB&T Field in Winston-Salem.

"They got behind us a couple of time, but I thought that we had pretty good coverage and then it was just a foot race. I thought that Tajh Boyd did a good job dropping the ball on those guys.

"They were right where they needed to be. It was a combination of really good receivers and a quarterback that was dropping it on them."

Grobe said his team played better in the second half, but that it was too little, too late.

"We did a better job in the second half, but we just dug ourselves such a big hole," he said. "One of the things that was really disappointing was the fumble and then the short score. I think the short field was the hardest, but the big throws got us."

Grobe said the Tigers were able to punish Deacon coverage errors whenever they occurred.

"Sometimes it was the corners and then other times it was the safeties," Grobe said. "Sometimes you give up a big play or two and it gets everyone kind of spooked back there and then you end up giving up a couple more because you're not playing real aggressively. They have some good receivers that could catch the football. "

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