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Clemson vs. Wake Forest Postgame Notes

Nov. 12, 2011

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Clemson Team Notes * Mark Buchholz kicked a 35-yard field goal as time expired at South Carolina to beat the Gamecocks 23-21. This is also the first time since 1948, when the stat began being tracked, that Clemson has won at home on a field goal as time expired.

* Clemson now holds a 59-17-1 record all-time against Wake Forest, including a 35-7 record at Clemson. The Tigers have also now won three straight against the Demon Deacons and 10 of the last 13 against Wake Forest.

* Clemson will finish the season with a perfect 7-0 record at home. It is the first time since 1990 that the Tigers have achieved a perfect record at home. That season, Clemson went 6-0 in Death Valley.

* With seven wins at home this season, it is just the second time that Clemson has won seven home games in a season. In 1987, Clemson went 7-1 at home. Therefore, today’s victory gives Clemson its first 7-0 home record in history.

* Today’s victory marks the seventh time in school history that Clemson has clinched an ACC Championship or a division title with a win at Clemson. In 2009, Clemson defeated Virginia, 34-21, to win the Atlantic Division title and advance to the ACC Championship game.

* Wake Forest kicker Jimmy Newman’s missed field goal in the second quarter was the first missed field goal by an opposing kicker against Clemson this season. Entering today, opposing kickers were 10-for-10 against the Tigers. Clemson was the only team in the country that had not had an opponent miss a field goal this season. Newman went on to miss another kick in the fourth quarter, so opposing kickers have missed two in a row after making 10 straight.

* Clemson finished today’s game with 522 yards of total offense. The Tigers are now 57-0-1 when gaining at least 500 yards of total offense.

*Entering this season, Clemson had overcome a deficit of 14 points or more to gain victory just nine times. Clemson has now done it three times this year. The win over Auburn at Clemson, at Maryland and now today.

Clemson Player Notes * With his second reception of the game in the second quarter, Aaron Kelly was the last Clemson player to accomplish the feat when he recorded 1081 receiving yards in 2007. The only other Clemson player to record 1000 receiving yards is Rod Gardner, who did so twice. In 1999, he the Clemson single record for receiving yards with 1084 and then record 1050 receiving yards the following year in 2000.

* Watkins finished the game with five receptions for 62 yards, two rushes for 32 yards and four kickoff returns for 103 yards giving him 197 all-purpose yards for the game.

* Jaron Brown recorded a career-high six receptions for 78 yards and one touchdown. Ironically, his previous career-high in receptions came against Wake Forest in 2010 when he caught five passes.

* Andre Ellington rushed the ball 25 times for 98 yards giving him 2,020 rushing yards for his career. Ellington also scored two touchdowns, giving him nine for the season. In addition, Ellington had three receptions for 42 yards giving him 140 all-purpose yards for the game.

* Cullen Harper’s record of 27 touchdown passes in a season (2007).

* Michael Palmer in 2009.

* Adam Humphries had three receptions for 24 yards, both career highs.

* After Clemson’s opening drive, Kyle Young, Glenn Rountree, Charlie Whitehurst and Eric Harmon as the only other Clemson players to play at least 2800 snaps in a career.

* When Chad Diehl played in today’s game, he tied the Clemson record for games played in a career with 53.