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Wake Forest routed by No. 14 Clemson, 42-13

Associated Press Published: October 25, 2012
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"We knew that was coming," offensive coordinator Chad Morris said of Watkins. "You see that spark, and it just gives everybody that much energy. ... Getting him going at the right time — this team's going to need him the most at this point in time in the season."

Morris said the coaches left Boyd in well into the fourth quarter because they wanted him to reach 400 yards passing for the first time — and wound up with the record when he hit Martavis Bryant for 37 yards.

D.J. Howard added a late 1-yard touchdown run for Clemson, which was legitimately concerned after its lackluster 38-17 victory over the Hokies. In that game, the Tigers managed just 160 yards passing, 135 yards rushing and 295 total yards — a performance that left Morris vowing it wouldn't happen again.

It certainly didn't — at least, not during an overwhelming first half.

The defending ACC champions eclipsed last week's yardage total by halftime, gaining 343 yards before the break.

Watkins, who sat out for the Tigers' first three plays because he was three minutes late for a team meeting, got the offense rolling on its third possession. He slipped behind the Wake Forest secondary and Boyd found him down the left sideline for the 57-yard pass that set up his touchdown pass to Ford.

Watkins then made it 14-0 on the first play of the second quarter when he took a throw from Boyd near the sideline, shook off two tacklers and outran two more on his way to his first touchdown reception of the season.

"You give up a big play or two, that kind of gets everybody a little bit spooky back there and then you give up a couple more by not playing real aggressively," Grobe said.

Boyd, who also threw for five TDs last year in a home win against North Carolina, then hit Cooper with a scoring pass 6 minutes later, and by then, the Tigers were well on their way to their sixth win in seven meetings with Wake Forest.