CLEMSON – Holding a conference opponent to single-digits is a rare occurrence, yet Brent Venables’ crew did just that in the 56-7 drubbing of the Deacs.
It was the first time since 2011 at Virginia Tech (23-3) and only the fifth time in the last five seasons.
Clemson held Wake Forest scoreless for the final 46:17, which was the longest points’ drought for a Tigers’ opponent in a single-game since Coastal Carolina’s trip to Death Valley in 2009 (55:58).
The run defense was stout again, holding an opponent to 1.9 yards per carry for a second game in a row in Memorial Stadium – keeping Wake Forest to just 3.6 yards per play overall.
As you can imagine, Venables saw a lot of good on Saturday. His thoughts...
Tiger 'D' strong again
Tiger ‘D’ dominates in accomplishing the ‘No. 1 goal’: I’m real pleased with our guys. Outside of tackling, we had some shoddy tackling, but everything else is pretty good. Our guys prepared all week with a great deal of urgency all the way to our last meeting late (Saturday) morning. Hopefully that continues to validate the investment we have to make. It doesn’t happen by chance. We invest and hopefully gameday is the day you get paid.
We accomplished our No. 1 goal, which is to win, and really think our guys got settled in and got in a groove and played good. Our pressure upfront was good, and for the most part, we leveraged the football pretty good. We just have to clean up some tackling and on some spacing routes at different times.
Turnovers disrupt the Deacs: Turnovers are always a huge part of the game and make a big difference in momentum. Our guys really seized the moment and we complemented each other on both sides of the ball. (Offenses) are going to work you and you hate it, but forcing that fumble was huge and our guys played well.
Another complete Tigers’ effort: When you’re like that you’re hard to beat, when you complement each other like that. We roughed a punter (in the first half). That makes you want to punch yourself in the face, but our guys came out with a three-and-out and responded. I was as pleased with that stop as much as any in the half. That was big in keeping them from getting any momentum going into halftime.