Rushing Attack, Defense Lead Deacs to Win Over Duke
Sept. 10, 2016

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DURHAM, N.C. -- Wake Forest took advantage of a dominant rushing effort to knock off in-state and ACC rival Duke, 24-14, on the road at Wallace Wade Stadium on Saturday evening.

The Demon Deacons (2-0, 1-0 ACC)) totaled 239 yards on the ground, led by 108 yards on 17 carries and three scores from Cade Carney in just his second collegiate game. Kendall Hinton added 63 yards on 11 carries and Matt Colburn rushed eight times for 54 yards.

Wake Forest also utilized a strong defensive effort to knock off Duke (1-1, 0-1), recording five sacks, 10 tackles for loss, two fumble recoveries and an interception.

"We knew that Duke was a very good football team," said head coach Dave Clawson. "We knew that this would be a very hard-fought game. We had some big plays that opened everything up. It was really encouraging that we were able to run the ball. I've been saying all camp that I thought our offensive line was better and that our run game would get better. It was a great win for our program. We're thrilled to be 2-0. We're thrilled to be 1-0 in the ACC. It's a really satisfying, good win over a good football program."

Duke Ejiofor forced both fumbles and recovered one of them and notched a career-high three sacks, one off the program record, and seven total tackles. Cameron Glenn had the other fumble recovery, while Brad Watson picked off his third-career pass, and Marquel Lee (10 tackles) and Wendell Dunn had a sack apiece.

Carney accounted for all three Wake Forest touchdowns, including a 7-yard score to knot the game at 7-7 in the second quarter, a 1-yard plunge to take a 14-7 lead in the third quarter, and a 55-yard scamper which broke a 14-14 tie in the third quarter.

Mike Weaver added a 34-yard field goal with 3:50 remaining in the contest to extend Wake Forest's lead to a two-possession game.

The Blue Devils responded with a 43-yard drive to get inside the Wake Forest 35-yard-line, before Watson intercepted a Daniel Jones pass. Jones went 31-for-48 passing for 332 yards and also rushed for a pair of touchdowns for Duke. The Blue Devils totaled 37 yards rushing on 30 carries.

Hinton took control of the quarterback position in the first half and finished 6-for-11 passing for 133 yards, which included a 62-yard completion to Alex Bachman, 37-yard pass to Cortez Lewis and 23-yard completion to Cam Serigne.

WITH THE WIN
• Wake Forest starts the season 2-0 for the first time since 2012.
• Wake Forest opened ACC play with a victory for the first time since 2012 (vs. UNC)
• Wake Forest ends a four-game losing streak to Duke.
• Wake Forest has won seven of the last eight games at Wallace Wade Stadium.
• Wake Forest improves to 7-1 all-time on Arnold Palmer's birthday.
Kendall Hinton became the first Wake Forest QB to lead the Deacons to a win in his hometown since Riley Skinner piloted the Deacons to a 9-6 win over Georgia Tech in Jacksonville in the 2006 ACC Championship Game.

FIRST TIME SINCE
Cade Carney is the first true freshman running back to score three touchdowns in a game since Chris Barclay against Purdue in 2002.
• Carney also became the first Deacon running back to rush for 100+ yards in a game since both Josh Harris (129 yards) and Deandre Martin (117) accomplished the feat against Army West Point in 2012.
• Wake Forest's 239 rushing yards are the team's most against an ACC opponent since rushing for 254 at Virginia Tech in 2010.

OFFENSE SETTLED IN
• Wake Forest conceded three sacks in the first quarter and another in the second, but was not sacked once in the second half.
• After finishing 0-for-6 on third downs in the first half, the Deacons went 6-for-11 in the second half.
• The Deacs averaged 6.4 yards per offensive play in the second half of action.

LOOKING FORWARD
• The Demon Deacons return home to take on Delaware on Sept. 17. The 6:30 p.m. game will air on ACC Network Extra.


 

 

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