Clemson QB Kelly Bryant leaves game vs. Wake Forest with injury


Wake Forest will have next week off, which is needed after back-to-back losses against Florida State and Clemson.

Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant left Saturday's game against Wake Forest with an apparent leg injury.

How that goes will determine if he'll play, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said. Clemson had score don their first two offensive possessions of the game in the first quarter, but the offense did enough to avoid a decent scare at home against Wake Fores, although Wake Forest scored a couple of touchdowns in the fourth quarter.

"I didn't want to force it and make it worse than it was", Bryant said after the game.

Before being forced out of the game, Bryant accounted for 200 yards passing and one touchdown and 39 yards rushing.

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But Clemson delivered a couple of early body blows, then left it up to its defense to apply the finishes touches.

The Tigers improved to 5-0 with a win over Virginia Tech last week and now are looking to advance in ACC play against Wake Forest. I didn't like how we finished, though, but we're playing a lot of guys and we're committed to doing that. No matter, as Clemson's defense did what it usually does and kept the Demon Deacons in check most of the way. They needed only six plays on their opening drive to cover 47 yards before Bryant found Deon Cain from 28 yards out to put the Tigers in front.

Redshirt freshman Zerrick Cooper and true freshman Hunter Johnson both saw action at quarterback after Bryant was injured.

That being said, when Swinney goes on rants in his press conference, the Tigers just show up more focused and ready to go. Sophomore Kendall Hinton opened the game for the Demon Deacons. WR Scotty Washington's 16-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter was the first touchdown catch of his career.