Offense Erupts as Wake Forest Trounces Louisville, 42-32
Oct. 28, 2017
Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeFB)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Greg Dortch caught a school-record four touchdown passes and John Wolford threw for five touchdowns and 461 yards as Wake Forest defeated Louisville 42-32 at BB&T Field on Saturday afternoon.
Wake Forest (5-3, 2-3 ACC) led Louisville (5-4, 2-4 ACC) with a combined attack of Dortch and Wolford who were nearly unstoppable. Dortch had three of his touchdown catches in the first half while piling up 167 yards receiving. Wolford went 28-for-34 passing becoming the first Demon Deacon quarterback to pass for over 400 yards since 1998. His five touchdown passes tied Riley Skinner who set the program record in 2009.
The 625 total yards from Wake Forest was the most since 1968 and only the second time the Deacons have gone over 600 yards.
The Demon Deacon defense hounded reigning Heisman winner Lamar Jackson throughout the game. Wake Forest recorded seven sacks which is tied for the second-most in a game in school history and the most since 1997.
Wake Forest drove methodically down the field on its first offensive possession of the game. Wolford was 5-for-5 with 87 yards passing on the drive including a 47-yard pass to Scotty Washington on the first play. The drive was capped off with a 1-yard rushing touchdown from Wolford after which the Demon Deacons led 7-0 halfway through the first frame.
Louisville responded with a 35-yard field goal with 2:23 remaining in the first quarter, narrowing the score to 7-3.
The Deacons came out firing again on offense as Wake Forest needed just 1:18 to score another touchdown. Wolford continued his hot start, completing three-straight passes after an initial draw play. Dortch finished the drive with a 32-yard touchdown on a screen pass. Wake Forest led 14-3 at the end of the first quarter.
Early in the second quarter, Louisville made it to the Wake Forest 8-yard line after a long run from quarterback Lamar Jackson. Bassey intercepted Jackson in the endzone for the touchback. It was the second-career interception for Bassey.
On the ensuing drive, Wake Forest went 80 yards on 10 plays for its third touchdown of the first half. Wolford again spurred the offense with a 30-yard pass to Washington and an 11-yard rush. Dortch caught a 4-yard pass and stretched for the end zone as the Deacons pushed their lead to 21-3.
In the waning moments of the second quarter, Jackson scampered seven yards for a Louisville touchdown.
Again, Wake Forest responded courtesy of the Wolford to Dortch connection. In just five plays, the Deacons stormed down the field as Wolford hit Dortch for a 25-yard touchdown catch.
Heading into the locker room at halftime, Wake Forest led Louisville 28-10.
Dortch continued to light up the scoreboard as he sprinted for a 52-yard touchdown reception early in the third quarter. It marked his fourth touchdown reception of the day as Wake Forest extended the lead to 35-10.
Following the Wake Forest scoring drive, Jackson led a 12-play, 75-yard drive for the Cardinals and rushed for a four-yard touchdown run as Louisville narrowed the score to 35-17. Jackson added another rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter with 1:10 remaining in the game.
Wake Forest went over the 600-yard mark on total offense with a 44-yard touchdown pass to ChuckWade with less than a minute remaining. Louisville tacked on an additional touchdown on a 20-yard touchdown pass from Jackson. The game ended with Wake Forest winning 42-32.
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