Turning Point: 'Deep shot' interference penalty, Boyd TD run get Tigers rolling again

After a mid-first half offensive lull, Clemson offense gets back on track

Clemson football - Tajh Boyd falls in to the end zone for a touchdown

Photo by Mark Crammer

Clemson football - Tajh Boyd falls in to the end zone for a touchdown

After scoring 21 points and rolling up 220 yards in the game's first seven and a half minutes, things looked to be smooth sailing for Clemson's Tigers Saturday against Wake Forest.

Although it turned out that way in the end, the Tigers needed another spark midway through the second quarter to pull themselves from an unexpected offensive lull.

The Tigers went three-and-out on three consecutive series, twice after suffering negative-yardage plays on first down.

Wake Forest had shown signs of life, as Tanner Price guided the Deacons on a 54-yard, eight-play touchdown drive that pulled his team within two touchdowns, at 21-7.

The Tigers, who set the early tone with a deep touchdown connection between Tajh Boyd and Sammy Watkins, went back to the same script, with Watkins running deep down the left sideline. This time, the Tigers' deep shot netted an interference penalty, and on the next play Boyd teamed up with Adam Humphries for a 31-yard gain.

Six plays later, following a pair of seven-yard keepers by Boyd, the Tigers' quarterback willed his way into the end zone on a fourth-and-one play from the two, and Clemson was back on track en route to its 56-7 victory.

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