No. 5 Clemson survived a defensive scare at No. 21 Wake Forest 51-45 in double overtime. The win extends the Tigers’ winning streak against the Demon Deacons to 14 games, a streak that began in 2014. It started in 2009 and this victory, like many others in the last ten years, seemed impossible.

DJ Ugalelei had his best game of the season, finishing second on the team with 371 total yards and five touchdowns. Yougalelei did a great job of taking the pressure off the Wake Forest Tigers starting quarterback, using his size and strength as an advantage not only in the running game, but to bring plays to life. Yougalele’s ability to score against receivers proved to be the difference, allowing Clemson’s defense to come up with two touchdowns in overtime and make the game-winning stop.

The loss not only ties Clemson by 13 straight heading into Saturday, but also hurts a Wake Forest program that has finished every meeting by double-digit margins since 2012. Sam Hartman put together a historic and at times heroic effort to lead the Wake Forest offense, finishing with 337 yards and a school-record six touchdowns on 20-for-27 passing. Wake Forest’s receivers went one-on-one against Clemson’s secondary on offense, as Jahmal Banks had six catches for 141 yards and two touchdowns and returned to the rotation after losing Donavon Greene to injury. Also to direct the air attack.

CBS Sports will update this story soon with more highlights and this ACC double overtime thriller.



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