Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant left Saturday's game against Wake Forest with an ankle injury, and his status going forward is uncertain. Bryant came out of the game in the third quarter with an apparent lower-body injury that left him limping.
The Tigers (6-0, 4-0 in ACC) haven't lost to Wake Forest (4-2, 1-2) since Dabo Swinney became Clemson's coach midway through the 2008 season.
The Demon Deacons finally broke through in the fourth quarter for their only score of the day as Kendall Hinton found Scotty Washington for a 16-yard touchdown pass and added another late touchdown as Hinton found Cam Serigne in the end zone.
Clemson's defense continued to show why it's among the country's best. Johnson recorded his first career touchdown pass and Smith his first touchdown reception on the same play.
After earning recognition from the Manning and O'Brien Awards this week, Bryant's case rests in his total offense contributions, ranking 10th nationally and third-best among quarterbacks in rushing touchdowns (7). No matter, as Clemson's defense did what it usually does and kept the Demon Deacons in check most of the way. 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.
"I'm happy with the win", Swinney said. "We were locked in early today and one side of the ball was always there to pick the other one up".
"In the first half, Hinton was a little shaky, because he hadn't played in a while", Clawson said.
In the fourth quarter, quarterback Hunter Johnson and tight end Cannon Smith both had significant firsts on the same play. S Cameron Glenn led Wake Forest with 11 tackles.