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November 1, 2003
Wake Forest coasts to a 45-17 win over the Tigers
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Chris Barclay set the tone with a pair of early touchdowns and matched a career high with 163 yards as Wake Forest built a huge lead and coasted to a 45-17 Atlantic Coast Conference rout of Clemson.
Barclay notched his second 163-yard effort in three weeks, also reaching that total on October 18 in a 42-13 romp over Duke. The Demon Deacons (5-4, 3-3 ACC) built a 42-0 lead in that one and opened up a 45-0 advantage against Clemson.
Barclay's five-yard TD run in the first quarter opened the scoring and he added a two-yard TD plunge on the first play of the second quarter. Defensive back Eric King ran back his third interception of the season 85 yards for a score and a 21-0 cushion with 10:51 left before halftime.
Quarterback Cory Randolph scored on a one-yard keeper and defensive end Jyles Tucker added a 12-yard touchdown off a fumble return for a 35-0 halftime cushion.
Clemson (5-4, 3-3) dropped its third straight road game and avoided the shutout with 17 fourth-quarter points. Backup quarterback Chansi Stuckey threw a pair of touchdown passes in the final 10 minutes.
The 45 points for Wake Forest is the most it has ever scored against Clemson, surpassing its total in a 41-12 victory in 1943.