Quarterback Homer Jordan completed nine of 14 passes to lead Clemson to a 21-17 victory over Wake Forest in the sixth annual Mirage Bowl in Tokyo yesterday, giving the Tigers their second consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference title. They finished a game ahead of Maryland.
Clemson, placed on probation last week by the National Collegiate Athletic Association for recruiting violations, ended its season with a 9-1-1 record, 6-0 in the ACC, while Wake Forest completed its season at 3-8. The game was played at Olympic Stadium in front of a capacity crowd of 80,000.
Wake Forest quarterback Gary Schofield rallied the Deacons in the fourth quarter and finished the game with 304 yards passing, marking the fourth straight game the junior has surpassed the 300-yard mark.
Clemson led, 19-10, with 5:30 remaining in the game, when Schofield and wide receiver Tim Ryan combined on a 65-yard touchdown pass play to bring Wake Forest within two points.
The Tigers were assured the final margin of victory when Schofield was tackled in his own end zone for a safety with 43 seconds left in the game.
Clemson, playing without the services of leading rusher Cliff Austin, managed just 167 yards rushing on 45 attempts. Jordan's nine completions were good for 119 yards.