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No. 2 Clemson tops Wake Forest 28-14 as Bryant injured

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) Kelly Bryant smiled and joked after No. 2 Clemson improved to 6-0 for a third consecutive season with a 28-14 victory over Wake Forest on Saturday. Whether he'' remain smiling later in the week is anyone's guess.

Bryant sprained his left ankle in the third quarter. He tried to jog a bit on the sidelines after coming out, but with Clemson up 21-0, no one on the Tigers wanted to risk more serious damage.

Bryant, the junior who's capably taken over for All-American Deshaun Watson as offensive leader, will get checked by doctors Sunday and go through treatment all week to try and get ready to face Syracuse on Friday night.

How that goes will determine if he'll play, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said.

''We've been repping three quarterbacks all fall,'' the coach said. ''Who's ever ready to go Friday will go. We'll see what happens.''

Bryant threw for 200 yards and a touchdown before coming out. He also rushed for 39 yards. Backup Zerrick Cooper was 2-of-6 passing for 16 yards while third-string Hunter Johnson completed all five of his passes including a 13-yard TD throw to tight end Cannon Smith.

Swinney thought Cooper and Johnson both did well to keep the Tigers moving. Each might have to do a bigger job come next week.

Clemson (6-0, 4-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) beat the Demon Deacons (4-2, 1-2) for a ninth straight time.

Bryant walked in a black, protective boot - complete with an orange Tiger paw logo - around his left ankle. ''Got the win so I'm, great,'' Bryant said with a smile.

He said he got hit on his ankle on Travis Etienne's 1-yard TD run.

Bryant's 28-yard scoring pass to Deon Cain got the Tigers started. Etienne, a freshman, had 67 yards rushing along with his touchdown. Adam Choice added a rushing TD and Cannon Smith added a 13-yard touchdown catch from third-string passer Hunter Johnson.

Clemson's defense continued to show why it's among the country's best. The Tigers held Wake Forest scoreless the 51 minutes until Scotty Washington's 16-yard touchdown catch spoiled the shutout. Clemson has held opponents scoreless in 15 of 24 quarters this season.

Wake Forest fell to 0-22 against opponents who entered 5-0 or better.

''We've still got to execute at a high level,'' Wake Forest coach Dave Clawson said. ''I don't like to use this as a measuring stick. It's a one week season and we didn't measure up this week.''

Clemson looked like it might crush the Demon Deacons its first two drives went for quick and easy touchdowns in the game's opening nine minutes. The Tigers, though, managed only 134 yards the rest of the half. No matter, as Clemson's defense did what it usually does and kept the Demon Deacons in check most of the way.

''I think everyone's buying in, committing to the grind,'' Clemson linebacker Dorian O'Daniel said. ''We're far from perfect and we're far from where we can be as far as our potential.''

THE TAKEAWAY

Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons are certainly improved, but not yet ready to take down the Tigers. Wake Forest failed on several key chances to make things closer as normally reliable Mike Weaver (he opened the season 10-of-10 on field goals) missed two against the Tigers.

Clemson: The Tigers' offense has been tailored to Bryant's penchant to run and its strong quartet of running backs. If Bryant's injury is significant, Clemson might have to open things up with strong armed backups Zerrick Cooper and Hunter Johnson.

FOURTH QUARTER STRONG

Wake Forest had its most productive period at the end, gaining both its touchdowns and 136 of its 336 yards of total offense in the fourth quarter. Demon Deacons coach Clawson did not want to make this a tale of a team hanging tough. ''We kept playing hard, we kept competing. I think that's a good habit,'' he said.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

It's looking more and more like a two-team race to the national championship game once more. Clemson is a solid No. 2 behind top-ranked Alabama and has a defense that can withstand problems and changes on offense.

HANDLING THE ATLANTIC

Clemson has won 20 straight over ACC Atlantic Division opponents, a streak that dates back to a 23-17 overtime loss at Florida State in 2014.

INJURIES

Wake Forest quarterback John Wolford did not play because of a left shoulder injury. Sophomore Kendall Hinton opened the game for the Demon Deacons. Hinton started three games previous in his college career. Given the week off, Clawson want confident that Wolford will be back for the Demon Deacons next game in two weeks. Clawson said if Hinton had gotten hurt, Wolford could've seen action.

UP NEXT

Wake Forest takes next week off before heading to Georgia Tech on Oct. 21.

Clemson has a short week as it goes to Syracuse on Friday night.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 2:28
7-M.Weaver extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
28
Touchdown 2:28
2-K.Hinton complete to 85-C.Serigne. 85-C.Serigne runs 11 yards for a touchdown.
12
plays
70
yds
04:05
pos
13
28
Point After TD 8:32
7-M.Weaver extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
28
Touchdown 8:32
2-K.Hinton complete to 7-S.Washington. 7-S.Washington runs 16 yards for a touchdown.
9
plays
78
yds
03:09
pos
6
28
Point After TD 11:48
41-A.Spence extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
28
Touchdown 11:48
15-H.Johnson complete to 84-C.Smith. 84-C.Smith runs 13 yards for a touchdown.
5
plays
37
yds
01:20
pos
0
27
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 7:31
41-A.Spence extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
21
Touchdown 7:31
9-T.Etienne runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
9
plays
68
yds
03:38
pos
0
20
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 6:18
41-A.Spence extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
14
Touchdown 6:18
26-A.Choice runs 4 yards for a touchdown.
12
plays
76
yds
05:07
pos
0
13
Point After TD 12:59
41-A.Spence extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
7
Touchdown 12:59
2-K.Bryant complete to 8-D.Cain. 8-D.Cain runs 28 yards for a touchdown.
7
plays
75
yds
02:01
pos
0
6
Team Stats
1st Downs 16 25
Rushing 7 12
Passing 8 13
Penalty 1 0
3rd Down Conv 4-16 9-19
4th Down Conv 2-3 3-3
Total Net Yards 322 435
Total Plays 65 89
Avg Gain 5.0 4.9
Net Yards Rushing 133 190
Rush Attempts 35 48
Avg Rush Yards 3.8 4.0
Net Yards Passing 189 245
Comp. - Att. 14-30 29-41
Yards Per Pass 6.3 6.0
Sacked - Yards Lost 3-14 1-18
Penalties - Yards 4-25 9-79
Touchdowns 2 4
Rushing TDs 0 2
Passing TDs 2 2
Other 0 0
Turnovers 1 1
Fumbles - Lost 1-1 0-0
Int. Thrown 0 1
Punts - Avg 7-45.3 5-40.6
Return Yards 80 61
Punts - Returns 3-15 4-58
Kickoffs - Returns 3-65 1-3
Int. - Returns 1-0 0-0
Kicking 2/4 4/5
Extra Points 2/2 4/4
Field Goals 0/2 0/1
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Wake Forest 4-2 0001414
2 Clemson 6-0 1407728
189 PASS YDS 245
133 RUSH YDS 190
322 TOTAL YDS 435
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
K. Hinton 2 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
46.7% 203 2 0 125.5
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
58.1% 382 4 0 163.5
K. Hinton 14/30 203 2 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
K. Hinton 2 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
24 92 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
37 118 1
K. Hinton 24 92 0 37
A. Byrd 5 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 21 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
49 267 1
A. Byrd 5 21 0 14
M. Colburn 22 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 20 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
47 180 2
M. Colburn 6 20 0 14
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
G. Dortch 89 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 78 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
35 430 5
G. Dortch 5 78 0 43
C. Wade 9 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 38 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
9 103 0
C. Wade 1 38 0 38
J. Freudenthal 86 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 26 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 26 0
J. Freudenthal 1 26 0 26
S. Washington 7 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 25 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
10 200 1
S. Washington 2 25 1 16
C. Serigne 85 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 20 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
12 184 5
C. Serigne 3 20 1 11
A. Byrd 5 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 9 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 13 0
A. Byrd 1 9 0 9
T. Hines 1 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 7 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
13 185 0
T. Hines 1 7 0 7
A. Bachman 17 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 36 1
A. Bachman 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
W. Dunn 14 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-1 0 2.0
W. Dunn 2-0 1.0 0
A. Henderson 4 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-1 1 0.0
A. Henderson 0-0 0.0 1
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
M. Weaver 7 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/2 2/2
SEASON FG XP
10/12 20/22
M. Weaver 0/2 0 2/2 2
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
D. Maggio 48 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
7 45.3 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
38 43.4 0
D. Maggio 7 45.3 0 51
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
G. Dortch 89 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 21.7 27 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
11 20.4 27 0
G. Dortch 3 21.7 27 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
G. Dortch 89 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 5.0 11 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
16 9.2 11 0
G. Dortch 3 5.0 11 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
K. Bryant 2 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
72.4% 200 1 1 134.8
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
67.3% 1259 4 4 137.1
K. Bryant 21/29 200 1 1
H. Johnson 15 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
100% 42 1 0 236.6
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
91.7% 81 1 0 175.9
H. Johnson 5/5 42 1 0
Z. Cooper 6 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
33.3% 16 0 0 55.7
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
50% 57 1 0 107.8
Z. Cooper 2/6 16 0 0
W. Spiers 48 P
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
100% 5 0 0 142.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
100% 5 0 0 142.0
W. Spiers 1/1 5 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
T. Etienne 9 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
15 67 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
46 378 5
T. Etienne 15 67 1 20
T. Feaster 28 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
11 54 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
59 332 2
T. Feaster 11 54 0 15
K. Bryant 2 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
12 39 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
97 401 7
K. Bryant 12 39 0 14
A. Choice 26 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 26 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
28 136 4
A. Choice 7 26 1 6
C. Fuller 27 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 6 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
28 122 3
C. Fuller 2 6 0 5
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
H. Renfrow 13 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
6 61 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
29 282 0
H. Renfrow 6 61 0 29
T. Higgins 5 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 39 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 65 0
T. Higgins 3 39 0 20
D. Cain 8 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 38 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
17 244 2
D. Cain 4 38 1 28
R. McCloud 34 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 38 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
26 291 1
R. McCloud 5 38 0 9
D. Overton 14 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 26 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 105 0
D. Overton 2 26 0 19
C. Powell 17 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 15 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 48 1
C. Powell 2 15 0 10
Ca. Smith 84 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 13 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 13 1
Ca. Smith 1 13 1 13
A. Rodgers 3 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 11 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 35 0
A. Rodgers 2 11 0 6
T. Feaster 28 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 9 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 79 1
T. Feaster 1 9 0 9
A. Choice 26 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 8 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 20 0
A. Choice 2 8 0 5
T. Chase 18 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 5 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 5 0
T. Chase 1 5 0 5
M. Richard 80 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
9 114 0
M. Richard 0 0 0 0
C. Fuller 27 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 24 0
C. Fuller 0 0 0 0
T. Israel 10 QB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
T. Israel 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
A. Bryant 7 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 1 0.0
A. Bryant 2-0 0.0 0
X. Kelly 22 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 1.0
X. Kelly 1-0 1.0 0
C. Ferrell 99 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-3 0 1.0
C. Ferrell 1-0 1.0 0
N. Pinckney 44 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
N. Pinckney 1-0 1.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
Al. Spence 47 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/1 4/4
SEASON FG XP
1/3 13/14
Al. Spence 0/1 0 4/4 4
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
W. Spiers 48 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 41.5 3
SEASON NO AVG IN20
28 44.0 3
W. Spiers 4 41.5 3 51
C. King 97 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
1 37.0 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
2 43.0 0
C. King 1 37.0 0 37
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
T. Higgins 5 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 3.0 3 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 3.0 3 0
T. Higgins 1 3.0 3 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
R. McCloud 34 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
4 14.5 23 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
15 10.1 23 0
R. McCloud 4 14.5 23 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:53 WAKE 21 1:20 3 8 Punt
6:11 WAKE 30 1:29 5 54 FG Miss
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
0:23 WAKE 25 0:00 3 9 Punt
10:05 CLEM 40 1:15 5 2 Punt
6:07 WAKE 4 1:38 6 18 Punt
0:59 WAKE 17 0:55 9 44 Halftime
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 WAKE 25 1:05 3 4 Punt
12:38 WAKE 36 1:25 4 32 FG Miss
7:31 WAKE 25 0:52 3 0 Punt
5:40 WAKE 50 3:39 7 33 Downs
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:12 WAKE 6 0:51 3 -2 Punt
11:41 WAKE 22 3:09 9 78 TD
6:33 WAKE 40 4:05 12 60 TD
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 CLEM 25 2:01 7 75 TD
11:25 CLEM 24 5:07 12 76 TD
4:37 CLEM 20 4:08 12 55 FG Miss
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:06 CLEM 24 4:01 10 36 Fumble
8:41 CLEM 20 2:23 6 27 Punt
4:17 CLEM 40 3:11 8 11 Punt
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:43 CLEM 48 0:59 3 -12 INT
11:09 CLEM 32 3:38 9 68 TD
6:17 CLEM 17 0:28 3 5 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
1:55 CLEM 17 1:54 9 24 Punt
13:08 WAKE 32 1:20 5 37 TD
8:32 CLEM 25 1:47 3 9 Punt
2:26 WAKE 42 2:17 5 18 Game