WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Wake Forest struggled to contain Clemson's speedy receivers, and the 14th-ranked Tigers piled up the points. The result was yet another lopsided loss to a Top 25 opponent.
The Demon Deacons had no answers for Tajh Boyd, Sammy Watkins or the rest of Clemson's big-play offense in a 42-13 loss Thursday night.
Wake Forest let Boyd throw for a school-record 428 yards with five touchdown passes, couldn't stop Watkins from setting a Clemson record with 202 yards receiving and were blown out by another nationally ranked Atlantic Coast Conference team.
The Demon Deacons have played two such opponents — No. 11 Florida State and Clemson — and have been outscored 94-13 while allowing 1,146 total yards.
"I don't know that we didn't respect" the Tigers' speed, coach Jim Grobe said. "I think we didn't realize how fast those guys were."
Tanner Price was 27 of 44 for 232 yards for Wake Forest. He threw a pair of touchdown passes to Tommy Bohanon, but was clearly outdueled by Boyd — who was 27 of 38 and connected with Watkins for three plays of 50 or more yards, including a 61-yarder for a score.
"Tajh was just lights out," coach Dabo Swinney said. "And now maybe everybody will quit asking me about Sammy Watkins."
Watkins, who missed three games because of suspension and illness, had eight receptions. Boyd added touchdown throws of 9 yards to Brandon Ford, 12 yards each to Sam Cooper and DeAndre Hopkins and 2 yards to Charone Peake.
The Tigers (7-1, 4-1) scored the first 35 points, including a four-touchdown second quarter, in their fourth consecutive victory and fourth straight in the series with the Demon Deacons (4-4, 2-4).
Five days after Virginia Tech held Clemson to season lows in every significant offensive statistic except the final score, the Tigers rolled up 534 total yards and essentially ended this one at halftime.
"We expect to execute in a manner that we score every time we get the ball," Boyd said. "So when you don't do it, sometimes it's kind of frustrating. Sometimes it's kind of disappointing. But all you can do is just keep working, keep pushing."
Boyd broke Charlie Whitehurst's 10-year-old record of 420 yards passing after Watkins took care of the school's receiving mark of 197 yards set last month by Hopkins against Boston College.
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