Clemson QB Kelly Bryant leaves Wake Forest game with apparent ankle injury


No. 2 Clemson (6-0, 4-0 ACC) kept the wins coming with a 28-14 victory in Death Valley over Wake Forest (4-2, 1-2 ACC), but the health of starting quarterback Kelly Bryant will be in the spotlight.

Saturday, Bryant was limping before getting checked out in the medical tent and replaced by Zerrick Cooper with a 21-0 lead in the third quarter. Bryant tested his legs with a few short jogs once he came out and remained on the sidelines with teammates.

After the game, coach Dabo Swinney told reporters that Kelly "rolled his ankle".

The Wren product has put together an efficient 66.2 completion percentage (22nd nationally/third in the ACC), ranking ninth in the ACC in QB rating (137.58) but fourth in yards per pass attempt (8.1) with three touchdowns to three interceptions.

Wake Forest had its most productive period at the end, gaining both its touchdowns and 136 of its 336 yards of total offense in the fourth quarter.

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No one went unbeaten this past weekend with our picks, though there was a much better showing by all involved as opposed to previous weeks. Etienne, a freshman, had 67 yards rushing along with his touchdown.

The Tigers' second scoring drive was capped by a 4-yard run by running back Adam Choice.

The Clemson football team will host the Wake Forest Demon Deacons for Homecoming today. The Tigers held Wake Forest scoreless the 51 minutes until Scotty Washington's 16-yard touchdown catch spoiled the shutout. Wake Forest failed on several key chances to make things closer as normally reliable Mike Weaver (he opened the season 10-of-10 on field goals) missed two against the Tigers.

"In the first half, Hinton was a little shaky, because he hadn't played in a while", Clawson said.

UP NEXT: The Tigers travel to Syracuse for a Friday night (7 p.m., ESPN) game against the Orange.