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     === Boyd throws for 5 TDs as No. 14 Clemson rolls past Wake Forest ===
 
 Winston-Salem,  NC  (Sports Network) - Tajh  Boyd had five touchdown passes in
 the  first half as No. 14 Clemson rolled to a 42-13 win over Wake Forest in an
 ACC matchup on Thursday.
 
 Boyd  went 27-for-38 with  428 yards while Sammy Watkins had a huge game as he
 posted  eight catches for 202 yards and a score for the Tigers (7-1, 4-1 ACC),
 who  have won  four straight  since  opening conference  play with  a loss  to
 Florida State.
 
 "Thursday  is what we  call a 'Team Thursday' and that was the epitome of what
 today  was," said  Clemson head coach Dabo  Swinney. "It was a great team win,
 all  phases. We did some good things. We talk about holding the opponent to 17
 points  or less and we feel like when we do that we have a great chance to win
 a  lot of games. That's two weeks in a row we've been able to do that. But, it
 was  a  great job by the  team and our  staff and it was  good to get a win on
 Thursday night."
 
 Tanner  Price  was 27-for-44 with  two touchdown passes  and 232 yards for the
 Demon  Deacons  (4-4, 2-4), who  have dropped three  of their last four. Tommy
 Bohanon caught both touchdowns in the loss.
 
 It  was a slow start to the contest as each team punted twice, but Clemson got
 its offense on-track on its third touch.
 
 Starting  at its 20  and following one first down, Boyd lofted a pass down the
 left  sideline that  saw Watkins make the  catch for a 57-yard play. Two plays
 later,  Boyd dumped the  ball off to his right for Brandon Ford, who stretched
 into  the end  zone on a 9-yard score and  a 7-0 lead with 4:03 to play in the
 first.
 
 On  the first play of the second quarter, Watkins caught another bomb, broke a
 tackle  and raced down the left sideline into the end zone for a 61-yard score
 and a 14-0 lead.
 
 The  Tigers got into  the end zone again with a seven-play, 80-yard drive that
 was  capped  on a 12-yard catch  over the middle and  into the end zone by Sam
 Cooper for a 21-0 lead with 8:36 left in the half.
 
 DeAndre  Hopkins and  Boyd got together for  a 12-yard score with 3:56 to play
 and,  following  a fumble recovery  by the  Tigers in Demon Deacons territory,
 Boyd  and Charone Peake  combined for a 2-yard score and a 35-0 lead with 1:18
 to play.
 
 "I  just don't think  we respected their foot speed enough in the first half,"
 said  Wake  Forest head coach  Jim Grobe.  "We did a  better job in the second
 half,  but we  just dug ourselves such a  big hole. One of the things that was
 really  disappointing  was the  fumble and  then the short  score. I think the
 short field was the hardest but big throws got us."
 
 The Demon Deacons quickly got down the field and put seven points on the board
 as Price hit Bohanon for an 8-yard score to make it a 35-7 game at the break.
 
 Wake  Forest was able to cut further into its deficit in the third quarter. On
 3rd-and-2,  Josh Harris  busted a run for  43 yards down to the Clemson 18. On
 the  next  play, Price and  Bohanon got together  for another score. The extra
 point failed and it was a 35-13 game with 7:45 left in the frame.
 
 Clemson,  though, put down any attempts at a comeback with a five-minute drive
 in  the fourth that  covered 86 yards and on the 13th play D.J. Howard punched
 the  ball into the  end zone from a yard out for a 42-13 lead with under eight
 minutes to play.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Andre  Ellington  led the Clemson  rushing attack with  61 yards on 15 carries
 while  Josh Harris paced  Wake Forest with 10 carries for 76 yards ... Terence
 Davis  had seven catches  for 84 yards for Wake Forest ... Clemson totaled 534
 yards  while  Wake Forest managed  just 290 ...  Clemson has won four straight
 against  Wake  Forest and  holds a  commanding 60-17-1 edge  in the series ...
 Clemson plays at Duke next week ... Wake Forest hosts Boston College.
 
 
 
 
 10/26 00:22:07 ET