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Clemson vs. Wake Forest score, takeaways: No. 5 Tigers survive tough ACC battle in double overtime English Headline


No. 5 Clemson survived an upset scare at the hands of No. 21 Wake Forest 51-45 with a defensive stand in double-overtime. The win extends the Tigers’ winning streak against the Demon Deacons to 14 games, a streak that dates back to 2009, and this victory seemed as improbable as any other win in the last decade. 

DJ Uiagalelei had his best game of the season, totaling 371 yards and five touchdowns passing while also finishing as the team’s second-leading rusher. Uiagalelei used his size and strength as an advantage not only in the run game but to keep plays alive as Wake Forest did a good job of applying pressure on the Tigers starting quarterback. It was Uiagalelei’s ability to connect with receivers in scoring position that proved the difference as his two touchdowns in the overtime period allowed Clemson’s defense to go make the stand that won the game. 

This loss hurts for a Wake Forest program that had not only lost 13 straight to Clemson coming into Saturday but had seen every meeting since 2012 finish with a double-digit margin. Sam Hartman put together a historic and, at times, heroic effort leading the Wake Forest offense, finishing with 337 yards and a school-record six touchdowns on 20-for-27 passing. The offense was thriving thanks to Wake Forest receivers winning one-on-one matchups against Clemson’s secondary, as Jahmal Banks had six catches for 141 yards and two touchdowns and Donavon Greene, back in the rotation after missing 2021 with an injury, added two touchdowns as well to lead the aerial attack.

CBS Sports will update this story shortly with more highlights and takeaways from this ACC double-overtime thriller. 





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