Deacons Trounce Gardner-Webb 48-5
Sept. 17, 2011
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Danny Dembry caught eight passes for 126 yards, both career highs, and Tanner Price threw for 281 yards and two touchdowns to lead Wake Forest to a 48-5 rout of Gardner-Webb on Saturday at BB&T Field.
Offensively, nearly everything went right for the Deacons. Price had another strong game, completing 21 of his 32 passing attempts for 281 yards and two touchdowns in roughly two and a half quarters of action. He also added a touchdown on the ground off a quarterback sneak. His 867 passing yards through the first three games are the second-most in school history, trailing only the 884 of Mike Elkins in 1986.
Chris Givenscontinued his strong start to the season as well with seven catches for 85 yards and a touchdown. He is off to the fastest-start ever for a Wake Forest wide receiver, with 366 receiving yards through the season's first three contests.
Wake posted 454 total offensive yards in the game, the most this season. The Deacs also posted a season-high with 151 rushing yards, led by Josh Harriswho had 54 yards on 14 carries.
Cyhl Quarles and Duran Lowe each had five tackles for Wake Forest, and Kyle Wilburadded one sack for a loss of 13 yards. The Deacon defense held the Runnin' Bulldogs without a touchdown, their first time keeping an opponent out of the end zone since a 12-3 win over Florida State in Tallahassee in 2008.
Chandler Browning led Gardner-Webb in passing, completing nine of his 23 passes for 108 yards. James Perry III posted eight catches for 91 yards for the Runnin' Bulldogs.
The Deacons moved the ball very well on their first drive after starting at their own 22-yard line as Danny Dembry continued the momentum from his six-catch, 96-yard performance last weekend. He grabbed two passes for 43 yards, including a fantastic catch as he was going to the ground at the 3-yard line. Wake was unable to punch it in from there, however, and settled for a 22-yard field goal from Jimmy Newmanto go up 3-0.
Gardner-Webb struck back quickly after Newman sent the kickoff out of bounds, setting them up at their own 40-yard line. After a long bomb from Browning to Perry down to Wake's 10, the Runnin' Bulldogs' drive also stalled and they evened the score at 3-3 with a 27-yard field goal from Trever Austin.
Lovell Jacksonkeyed the next Demon Deacon drive with a 65-yard kickoff return to the Gardner-Webb 22. Working on the short field, the Deacs took just five plays for Price to sneak in for a one-yard touchdown run to build a 10-3 lead just halfway through the first quarter.
Wake Forest was forced to start from its own 1-yard line following a Gardner-Webb punt, and two plays later Harris was brought down in the end zone for a safety by defensive tackle Matt Goods. After a brief official review, the referee confirmed the call on the field that his elbow was down, cutting Wake's lead to 10-5 to end the quarter.
The Deacs took over from there and never looked back. A 25-yard chip shot from Newman made it 13-5, and Brandon Pendergrassran in a six-yard score as Wake capitalized on a turnover on downs by Gardner-Webb just outside their own end zone to increase the lead to 20-5.
Price was stellar on the following drive as he went six-for-six for 66 yards. His final pass was a 5-yard touchdown to Terence Davis, his first of the season, and pushed the score to 27-5 at halftime.
The lead grew even further on Wake's first drive after the break, as Price was on fire yet again. He found Dembry on two passes for 24 yards after starting the drive at midfield before tossing his second touchdown of the contest to Givens on a 19-yard catch-and-run to make the score 34-5.
Ted Stachitasentered the game on the Deacons' next drive, which started on the Gardner-Webb 26-yard line after the Runnin' Bulldogs were forced to punt from their own end zone. On a third-and-15, Stachitas broke several tackles as he rushed to the right before powering in for the touchdown on the 21-yard rush, making it 41-5.
Pendergrass helped the Demon Deacons add even further to the blowout with a 34-yard run on the next drive that extended into the fourth quarter. Third-string running back Nick Knottnotched his first collegiate touchdown on a 12-yard run to cap the drive.
Wake Forest will return to action on Oct. 1 as they go on the road to face Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Mass. The kickoff time will likely be announced early this week.
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