Wake Forest vs. Syracuse - Post-Game Notes

Sept. 2, 2006

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Today's Captains:
Today's captains were seniors Jamil Smith and Steve Vallos. Wake Forest won the toss and deferred to the second half. The?Deacons kicked off and defended the south goal.

The Win Today...
... gives Jim Grobe his 27th victory at Wake Forest, the third-most wins by a coach in program history, passing Jim Caldwell (1993-00) and Al Groh (1981-86).
... makes Wake Forest 5-1 in home openers under Grobe.
... gives the Deacons their first win in a season opener since beating Boston College in 2003.
... makes Wake Forest 3-3 in season openers under Grobe.
... gives Wake Forest a 1-0 lead in the all-time series history.
... improves Grobe's record at Wake Forest to 27-32 in six seasons and his all-time record to 60-65-1 in 12 seasons.
... improves Grobe's Wake Forest record to 15-15 in home games.
... improves Grobe's Wake Forest record to 14-5 in non-conference games.
... improves Grobe's Wake Forest record to 11-10 in September games.
... improves Grobe's Wake Forest record to 10-9 in night games.
... improves Wake Forest's all-time record to 379-574-33.

Miscellaneous Notes
... Wake Forest amassed 35:09 in time of possession -- the fifth most in the Jim Grobe era
... Redshirt Senior Bryan Andrews had a career-high two sacks -- tied for the most by any Demon Deacon under Jim Grobe
... The Demon Deacons shutout Syracuse in the second-half. It was the first time Wake Forest blanked an opponent in a half since Duke on Oct. 29, 2005
... Syracuse managed just 45 yards passing -- by far the fewest every allowed by a Jim Grobe Wake Forest team (previous low was 98 yards by Duke on Oct. 12, 2002)
... Syracuse had only 136 total yards -- by far the fewest allowed in the Jim Grobe era team (previous low was 203 yards by Duke on Oct. 29, 2005)
... The Orange amassed just 11 first downs for the game -- the least allowed by the Demon Deacons under Jim Grobe (previous low was 13 set on three different occasions most recently by Nebraska on Sept. 10, 2005)



Tight Season Openers...
Wake Forest has played in hotly contested season openers every year under head coach Jim?Grobe. ?The Deacons' five previous season openers had been decided by a total of 18 points, an average of less than four.

Starting Notes...
All 22 players that started for the Deacons had previously started in their careers... Senior offensive tackle Steve Vallos started his 35th straight game, tied for the seventh longest active streak by an offensive lineman in the nation... Senior Patrick Ghee started his 23rd straight game at safety... Offensive linemen Arby Jones and Matthew Brim both started their 20th career games... Junior defensive end Matt Robinson did not play (knee), marking the first time since September 4, 2004 that he was not in the starting lineup, a stretch of 21 straight games.

Benny and The Jet...
Benjamin Mauk's 14-yard touchdown pass to Willie Idlette on Wake?Forest's opening drive was the 6th career touchdown for Idlette -- 2nd receiving --?and Mauk's fourth career touchdown pass. ?It was the first-ever touchdown connection between Mauk, a junior, and Idlette, a senior. Idlette's other career touchdown catch came in the final seconds of the Boston College win in 2004 at Groves Stadium.

More From Wake Forest's Opening Drive...
The drive was a 15-play, 96-yard march. Wake Forest did not have a drive of 90+ yards last season, but did have two scoring drives of 15 plays or more. On the drive, Micah Andrews rushed seven times for 42 yards. ?Mauk was 6-for-8 on the drive for 54 yards to five different receivers. The?Deacons also picked up three third down conversions, including the touchdown pass.

Andrews Goes Over 100 In Opener Again...
Micah Andrews went over 100 yards rushing for fourth time in his career. Andrews rushed for 254 yards in last year's season opener. His previous 100 yard efforts came against North?Carolina A&T in 2004 and East Carolina and Vanderbilt in 2005. He left the game in third quarter due to leg cramping. Andrews finished the game with 142 yards on 20 carries.

Tied At Intermission...
Wake Forest was tied at the half for only the fourth time in the Jim Grobe era and the first time since the Clemson win in 2005 (21-21). The Deacons entered the game 2-1 in tied games at halftime under Grobe.

Leading After Three Quarters...
Wake Forest led 13-10 at the end of the third quarter. ?Under Grobe, the Deacons are now 21-7 when leading after three quarters.

One For Me, One For You...
Benjamin Mauk's interception on the first drive of the third quarter was his 10th career interception. On the next play, the Wake Forest defense forced a turnover as Stanley Arnoux notched his first career fumble recovery.

Swank Picks Up Extra Duties...
Sophomore Sam Swank, a Lou Groza Award semifinalist in 2005, handled punting and kickoff duties in addition to his regular place kicking duties. He dropped three punts inside the 20 yardline, including one at the six.

Skinner, Harris Make Career Debuts...
Redshirt freshmen quarterback Riley? Skinner and running back Kevin Harris made their career debuts on the same third quarter play. Skinner came in after Mauk was injured diving into the pile after De'Angelo Bryant fumbled. Harris came into the game to replace Bryant. The upper arm injury sent Mauk to the hospital. The play occurred on second down while the Deacons were inside Syracuse territory and the offense came away with three points to take a 13-10 lead.

American Idlette...
Willie Idlette's 35-yard punt return in the fourth quarter was the longest by any Demon Deacons since Idlette's 50-yard touchdown return against NC?State in 2003.

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