Campanaro Breaks Record in 34-10 Win over Maryland
Oct. 19, 2013
By Alex Botoman, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeFB)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Michael Campanaro set the Wake Forest career receptions record and Tanner Price scored an unconventional hat trick with three touchdowns, three different ways, as Wake Forest cruised past Maryland 34-10 in the final ACC meeting between the two teams at BB&T Field.
Campanaro caught the 217th pass of his career in the waning minutes of the game, moving him past Desmond Clark for first place on Wake Forest's all-time chart. Campanaro also moved into fifth place on the Wake Forest receiving yards chart in the game with 2,407 career yards.
The win was Jim Grobe's 77th as head coach of the Demon Deacons, moving him into a tie with legendary coach Peahead Walker as the winningest coach in program history.
Price had a unique night, becoming only the second ACC player since 2000 to record a passing, rushing and receiving touchdown in the same game.
Price ran for a four-yard touchdown in the second quarter and then was on the receiving end of a four-yard reverse pass by Michael Campanaro a few minutes later to give the Deacons (4-3, 2-2 ACC) a 24-3 halftime lead. The senior signal-caller completed the trifecta in the third quarter, throwing to Campanaro for a 10-yard touchdown.
Clemson's C.J. Spiller was the last player to accomplish the feat, doing so against NC State in 2011.
The offensive explosion for the Deacons - it was their most points scored in an ACC game since 2011 - begot a number of record-breaking accomplishments.
In addition to Campanaro's day, Tanner Price went 26-of-36 for 231 yards and a passing touchdown. He became the third Demon Deacon to go over the 8,000-yard passing mark for his career, finishing the day with 8,142 yards - the second-most in program history behind Riley Skinner.
As good as the offense was, the defense also had a strong day, forcing three turnovers that helped swing momentum in Wake Forest's favor.
Nikita Whitlock had two sacks, including one on the first play of the game, in addition to five tackles and three quarterback hurries. The Demon Deacons finished with eight tackles for loss in the game with Whitlock, Marshall, Justin Jackson and Zach Thompson record two apiece. Brandon Chubb led the Demon Deacons with eight tackles
The Demon Deacons jumped on the board early with their fastest score of year on a Josh Harris 1-yard run less than five minutes into the game and tacked on another score on a 51-yard Chad Hedlund field goal at the end of the first quarter to take a 10- lead. Hedlund's field goal was the longest for a Wake Forest player since Sam Swank made a 52-yarder in 2007.
After Maryland got three points back thanks to a Brad Craddock 23-yard field goal, Price extended the lead with a four-yard touchdown rush on a rollout to make the score 17-3 in Wake Forest's favor.
The Deacons used a heavy dose of trickeration on their next touchdown drive. On a double pass, Michael Campanaro found Tyree Harris for a juggling 25-yard completion to the Maryland 38-yard line. After Price threw to Crump for a 19-yard gain, Dominique Gibson took a direct snap, flipped to Campanaro on a reverse and Campanaro threw to a wide open Price in the end zone for a four-yard touchdown, ballooning the Wake Forest lead to 24-3.
After Maryland cut the Wake Forest lead to 14 points on a 56-yard pass from Caleb Rowe to Levern Jacobs, but the Deacons answered right back on Price's touchdown pass to Campanaro to make the score 31-10. Hedlund tacked on a 38-yard field goal to make the final score 34-10.
Wake Forest will face a tough road test next Saturday as they travel to face a top-10 Miami team. Kickoff is set for noon in Coral Gables, and the game will be broadcast on ESPNU