CLEMSON, S.C. — Wake Forest found out again Saturday that Death Valley is a scary place to play if you don't wear orange, but not before the Demon Deacons threw a scare into No. 14 Clemson.
The Tigers relied on a pair of long touchdown runs by Joe Henderson in the final period to rally for a 31-17 victory.
The victory, coupled with Maryland's 27-14 loss to North Carolina, leaves the Tigers, 7-1 overall, alone atop the Atlantic Coast Conference at 4-1. North Carolina is 3-1, and Maryland is 3-2.
Wake Forest, which has lost three straight, is now 5-3 and 2-3.
It was Henderson who made the difference, rushing 20 times for a career-high 131 yards.
Henderson, a sophomore, got his chance to play when Wesley McFadden dislocated his thumb in pregame drills.
Clemson trailed, 17-10, at the half, but tied the game on Terry Allen's 5-yard run that ended a 13-play, 65-yard drive with 7:40 left in the third period.