Offense Erupts as Wake Forest Trounces Louisville, 42-32
Oct. 28, 2017

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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.

Essang Bassey led the defense with 10 tackles and seven solo stops with an interception. Jaboree Williams and Justin Strnad each had 2.5 tackles for loss.

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.

Offensive Explosion:
- The team's 28 first-half points tied for the most scored by the Deacs in a half during the Dave Clawson era.
- Wake Forest totaled 340 yards of total offense in the first half, eclipsing the team's total yardage for the entire game from its previous two matchups with the Cardinals.
- The team's 340 yards of offense in the first half was the most the Deacs have gained in a half since totaling 343 vs. Elon in 2015.
- The Demon Deacons scored 42 points, the most for the team in an ACC game under Dave Clawson.
- With Greg Dortch (167) and Scotty Washington (133) recording over 100 receiving yards, they became the first pair of Wake Forest players to each amass 100+ yards receiving since 2013 against UL Monroe.
- Wake Forest recorded an eye-popping 625 yards of total offense, the most since 1968 when the Deacons had 632 vs. North Carolina.
- It was just the second time that Wake Forest has gone over the 600-yard mark.

Freshman Phenom:
- Redshirt freshman wide receiver Greg Dortch recorded four touchdown receptions on Saturday, setting the school record for most touchdown receptions in a game.
- Dortch also set the record for TD receptions in a season by a redshirt freshman with nine. Chris Givens had eight in 2009.
- His 216 all-purpose yards on Saturday gave him the program record for all-purpose yards by a freshman surpassing Michael Ramseur's 1,089 in 1982.
- Dortch's four TD catches are a career-high. He also set a career-high with 10 receptions and recorded a career-best 167 receiving yards.
- With his 216 all-purpose yards on Saturday, Dortch set the school record for all-purpose yards by a freshman.

Making History:
- After recording four catches for 42 yards, tight end Cam Serigne set the school record for receptions by a tight end, surpassing John Henry Mills, who had 142.
- With a second-quarter tackle for loss, Duke Ejiofor moved into seventh in team history with 40 for his career.

Breakout for Scotty:
- Scotty Washington broke out for a career high six catches for 133 yards, including a career-long 47-yard reception on Wake Forest's first play from scrimmage.

Series Notes:
- Wake Forest opened the game with a 91-yard touchdown drive, which marked the first time in series history that the first score of the game was not a field goal.
- It was also the Demon Deacons first win over Louisville in five meetings.

Solid Under Center:
- John Wolford threw for a career-high 461 yards against the Cardinals. Wolford also accounted for a career-high six total touchdowns (five passing, one rushing).
- In reaching 400 yards passing, Wolford became the first Demon Deacon quarterback to accomplish the feat since Brian Kuklick totaled 411 yards vs. NC State on Nov. 7, 1998.
- Wolford also moved into fifth place on the program list for career passing yards.
- Saturday was the fifth-best single game mark for passing yards in school history.

Under Pressure:
- The Demon Deacons recorded seven sacks on Saturday. They have at least four sacks in every game they have played against Louisville.
- The team's seven sacks are a season high and the most since recording seven against Maryland in 1997.

Worth Noting:
- Saturday was the first time that Wake Forest has defeated a reigning Heisman Trophy winner in three chances.
- Wake Forest faced defending Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston in 2014 and 1948 Heisman Trophy winner Doak Walker the year after he won it.
- Lamar Jackson was the first Heisman Trophy winning player to visit BB&T Field.