Wake Forest Runs Past Delaware, 38-21
Sept. 17, 2016

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Wake Forest defeated Delaware, 38-21, to improve to 3-0 for the 10th time in program history at BB&T Field on Saturday night.

After the Blue Hens (2-1) cut Wake Forest's lead to 17-14 in the second quarter, the Demon Deacons (3-0) responded with 21 straight points to pull away.

Wake Forest limited Delaware to 94 yards of total offense, while the Deacs gained 481 yards. The Demon Deacons rushed for 302 yards, surpassing the 300 yard mark for the first time since 2010.

Matt Colburn led the offensive effort with 24 carries for a career-high 118 yards and a touchdown.

John Wolford (seven rushes, 70 yards), Kendall Hinton (six rushes, 38 yards) and Tyler Bell (four rushes 32 yards) also tallied rushing touchdowns, and Rocky Reid carried 16 times for 47 yards.

In relief of Hinton, who sprained his knee in the first quarter, Wolford settled in after starting 0-for-4. Following that start, he finished the game 13-for-20 for 155 yards and a touchdown pass to Alex Bachman.

Wake Forest nearly doubled up Delaware in time of possession, controlling the ball for 39:56 compared to 20:04 for the Blue Hens. The Deacs ran more than twice as many plays (87-42).

Delaware kept the game close thanks to a pair of first-half turnovers inside the Wake Forest red zone, scoring touchdowns after each short field.

The Deacs jumped out to a 10-0 lead behind Hinton's 10-yard touchdown run and a 42-yard Mike Weaver field goal. The teams then traded touchdowns, with Diante Cherry making a 6-yard TD grab after an interception, then Bell scoring on a 15-yard run.

After a Thomas Jefferson 10-yard touchdown run made it 17-14, Wake Forest reeled off three straight drives of at least eight plays and 70 yards. Colburn had a 1-yard plunge, Bachman made a 4-yard catch, and Wolford had a 7-yard run, pushing the lead to 38-14.

Delaware recovered a fumble in the endzone in the fourth quarter to cap off the scoring.

3-0 STARTS
• Wake Forest has started the season 3-0 for the first time since 2008, and for the 10th time in program history.
• The Demon Deacons have finished with a winning record in each of the previous seasons after starting the year 3-0.
• Wake Forest reached a bowl game in three of the last four 3-0 starts (2008, 2006, 1979). The exception came in 1987, when the Deacons finished 7-4.

OFFENSE NOTES
• RB Matt Colburn achieved career-highs in both carries (24) and yards (118). He reached the endzone for the first time since last year's season-opener against Elon.
• For the first time since 2004, two different Deacons rushed for 100 yards in consecutive games. Cade Carney rushed for 108 yards last week vs. Duke.
Rocky Reid's carries were the first of his career.
• Wake Forest set a Clawson-era high with four rushing touchdowns.
• TE Cam Serigne caught a pass for the 27th consecutive game.
• WR Alex Bachman's 4-yard scoring pass from John Wolford marked Wake Forest's first passing touchdown of the season.
Steven Claude made his first career reception.

DEFENSE NOTES
• DT Ali Lamot saw his first action since the 2014 season.
• DE Duke Ejiofor recorded a sack, bringing his total to 6.5 this season. That's the most since Nikita Whitlock had nine in 2013.
• Delaware was held to less than 100 yards in a game for the sixth time in program history. Delaware came into the game averaging 335 rushing yards per game, and was limited to 56 tonight.
• The Blue Hens allowed more yards tonight than in their first two games combined.

LOOKING FORWARD
• Wake Forest hits the road next Saturday, traveling to Indiana for a 3:30 p.m. game at Indiana. It will air live on the Big Ten Network.


 

 

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