Wake Forest Media Relations
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Wake Forest’s offense scored a pair of touchdowns and two field goals in posting a 43-24 win over the defense on Saturday at BB&T Field.
The Demon Deacons used a scoring system that allotted the offense a point for each first down and four points for explosive plays in addition to traditional scoring. The defense could earn points by stopping a drive, making a fourth down stop and by forcing a turnover.
The offense’s two touchdowns both came on the ground with Cade Carney scoring on a 1-yard run and Matt Colburn on a 15-yard carry. Mike Weaver hit a 38-yard field goal and Dom Maggio was successful on a 27-yard attempt.
The defense earned 12 points by stopping a drive, three points each for a pair of fourth down stops, and six points for forcing a turnover. Following a long completion to Alex Bachman, Jaboree Williams knocked the ball free and Jessie Bates III made the recovery.
Wolford alternated at quarterback with Wake Forest’s four other quarterbacks. Wolford completed five of seven passes for 132 yards while starter Kendall Hinton was three-for-eight for 45 yards. Jamie Newman hit on four of nine passes for 32 yards, Kyle Kearns was five-for-five for 111 yards and Kyle Driscoll was one-for-two for three yards.
Hines’ 66-yard reception was the longest of the day. Kearns tossed a 45-yard pass to Greg Dortch and Brandon Chapman had a 38-yard catch from Kearns.
James Sriraman led all receivers with five receptions, gaining 39 yards. Bachman finished with four receptions for 82 yards and Hines had 81 yards on three catches.
Colburn finished as the game’s leading ground gainer with 48 yards on 12 carries. Freshman Christian Beal had 11 carries for 25 yards.
Defensively, the Deacons were led by cornerback Amari Henderson with eight tackles and linebacker Jaboree Williams with six. Redshirt freshman Sulaiman Kamara recorded the lone sack, catching Hinton for a three-yard loss.
Head coach Dave Clawson was generally pleased with the performance of the Demon Deacons on Saturday.
“The offense is coming along, we’re making progress on offense,” said Clawson. “We’re older, I think our talent level is better. You saw some explosive plays that we made today. The defense was short-handed. We didn’t play (defensive end) Duke (Ejiofor) much, obviously didn’t have (safety) Cam Glenn out there. We’ve got to get healthy, we’re a little thin up front. When we’re thin up front and the O-line is healthy, for the first time in three years, there’s probably an advantage there for the offense. When you have more time to throw it and guys have more time to get open, you’re going to make more plays. I think there was a huge gap between the offense and the defense when we got here and I think that gap is starting to get closed a little bit.”
Clawson was asked about the performance of Hinton who was not at 100 percent on Saturday.
“Kendall looked a little inconsistent,” said Clawson. “He had a hip flexor issue and we weren’t going to play him but he felt good today then he just couldn’t move around the way he normally can and I think it affected his throwing. He missed all of last year with an injury and he needs these reps and he needs this game experience. But he wasn’t completely healthy and I think that impacted his play.”
As in all practices, the Deacon quarterbacks wear green jerseys and are not tackled during play.
“The other thing with Kendall is when you don’t go live that never helps him,” said Clawson. “Part of his quarterbacking skill set is the ability to make people miss, the ability to create plays and our ability to run the quarterback with him in there. In a scrimmage when he’s wearing a green shirt and he’s not live and he’s got a little bit of a hip flexor, that always impacts his play.”
Clawson also took time to summarize the 2016 season and set the stage for 2017.
“I think our goal is always to get better,” said Clawson. “Our theme for this year is ‘Keep Building.’ Quite honestly, I think our guys don’t like hearing that they had a great year last year. It wasn’t a great year. We improved, we got better. But we don’t want 7-6 to be the standard for great here. We want a higher standard. People mean well when they say it and I certainly take it the right way but we can’t have the approach here that winning six games and getting to a bowl is a great year. We have higher aspirations than that. To get more wins and compete for an ACC title, having said that, with our conference and our division, I know how hard that is. Those are easy things to say and a very tall mountain to climb in our conference. But that’s where we want to get to and it’s going to take a lot of work over the summer to get there.”
Wake Forest will hold its final practice of the spring on Tuesday in preparation for the season opener on August 31 with Presbyterian at BB&T Field.