Stoudt, Scott lead No. 19 Clemson
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Artavis Scott took a touch pass from Cole Stoudt 68 yards for the go-ahead touchdown with 10:53 left, and No. 19 Clemson pulled away to beat Wake Forest 34-20 on Thursday night.
Stoudt finished 27 of 42 for 282 yards with three touchdowns — two to Scott, one to Wayne Gallman — and Gallman added a late rushing score to help the Tigers (7-2, 6-1 Atlantic Coast Conference, No. 21 CFP) win their sixth straight.
John Wolford was 11 of 29 with two touchdown passes to Cam Serigne, covering 4 and 14 yards, for Wake Forest (2-7, 0-5).
Mike Weaver tied it twice with field goals, including a 31-yarder that made it 20-all with 11:08 left.
On Clemson's next play, Scott came in motion while Stoudt took the snap and tapped it forward. The freshman caught it and weaved through the right side and into the end zone.
Clemson's No. 2-ranked defense forced a three-and-out and Gallman made it a two-score game for the first time with his touchdown run with 6:36 left.
The Tigers outgained Wake Forest 427-119. The Demon Deacons, who have the worst rushing offense in the Bowl Subdivision, managed just 7 yards on the ground — Wolford was sacked five times — while losing their fifth in a row.
Gallman rushed for 106 yards, and Scott had 122 yards receiving.
Stoudt went the distance under center for the Tigers while injured freshman Deshaun Watson sat out his third straight game with a broken bone in his throwing hand.
Watson was in uniform and spent most of the night wearing an earpiece after coach Dabo Swinney said earlier in the week that he could play but probably wouldn't unless Clemson needed him.
For much of the night, it seemed like the Tigers might need him.
Clemson, a three-touchdown favorite, had beaten Wake Forest by at least 20 points four times since 2008.