Clemson at Wake Forest: Game Notes

Who: No. 5 Clemson (3-0, 1-0) vs. Wake Forest (3-0, 0-0)

When: Saturday, Sept. 24 at 12 PM

TV: ABC (Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge, Molly McGrath) 

Radio: Clemson Athletic Network (Don Munson, Tim Bourret, Reggie Merriweather)

Line: Clemson by 7 (Over/under 55.5) 

Last Meeting: Clemson 49, Wake Forest 27 (Death Valley, Nov 20 2021)

Clemson owns 69 all-time wins over Wake Forest, its second-highest victory total against any opponent (72 wins vs. South Carolina). Clemson has a 59-9-1 lead in the series since the formation of the ACC in 1953, an .862 winning percentage.

Clemson has played Wake Forest in football 70 consecutive years, as the last year the two schools did not play was 1952. With the pandemic interrupting Clemson’s series against South Carolina in 2020, Clemson’s 70 straight years facing Wake Forest comprise its longest active string of consecutive seasons against one opponent. That streak of consecutive years playing one another will end in 2024 by virtue of the ACC moving to a new scheduling model.

Clemson has won 13 in a row in the series, all under Dabo Swinney, by a combined score of 527-167. That represents an average victory margin of 27.7, and Clemson has scored at least 28 points in all 13 games.

Clemson enters this year’s game against Wake Forest in search of its 14th consecutive victory against the Demon Deacons. Clemson’s 13-game winning streak is its longest active winning streak against any FBS foe.

The Tigers have produced 10-game winning streaks against opponents eight times in school history. 

Clemson has recorded three winning streaks of 10 or more games against Wake Forest in comparison to a combined five 10-game streaks against all other opponents (Furman, Virginia, The Citadel, Presbyterian and Boston College).

To commemorate wins against ranked teams away from Death Valley, Clemson constructed a graveyard at the entrance to the Clemson practice fields near the Poe Indoor Facility and the Allen N. Reeves Football Complex.

At the time of its inception, the graveyard initially commemorated Top 20 road wins. It has since expanded to include any Top 25 win away from home. Under Dabo Swinney’s watch, the Tigers have added 24 tombstones to the graveyard — including four during Clemson’s 2016 national championship campaign and another three during its 2018 national title run.

A win on Saturday would represent Clemson’s first tombstone victory since the 2020 ACC Championship Game against No. 2 Notre Dame in Charlotte.

Dabo Swinney has a 32-3 all- time record against teams from North Carolina.

Swinney’s only losses to teams from North Carolina were at North Carolina in 2010 (21-16) and at NC State in 2011 (37-13) and 2021 (27-21).

Swinney is also 17-4 in games played inside the state limits of North Carolina (including six ACC Championship Game wins in Charlotte) with wins in 15 of his last 17 trips to the state.

Clemson has six scholarship players from the state of North Carolina on its current roster, including two players specifically from Winston-Salem, the site of Saturday’s game. Defensive end K.J. Henry is the son of former Wake Forest assistant coach Keith Henry. He, along with DE Zaire Patterson are from Winston-Salem.

Others from North Carolina: RB Will Shipley, LB Trenton Simpson, DT Payton Page, OL Mitchell Mayes.

***Courtesy of Clemson Athletics***

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