ACC Championship Post-Game Notes

Dec. 2, 2006

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Today's Captains:
Today's captains were seniors Josh Gattis and Steve Vallos. Georgia Tech won the toss and elected to receive. The Deacons kicked off and defended the north goal. The Deacons entered the game with a 5-1 record when losing the coin toss.

The Wake Forest Win Today...
... makes Wake Forest 11-2.
... gives Wake Forest its first ACC Championship since 1970 and its second title ever.
... clinches a berth in the Orange Bowl to be played Jan. 2 in Miami, Fla., against a BCS at-large opponent.
... makes Wake Forest 7-0 away from Groves Stadium this season.
... breaks a two-game losing streak to Georgia Tech dating back to the 2002 season.
... gives Wake Forest a three-game winning streak in neutral site games.
... makes Wake Forest 2-0 all-time in Jacksonville (1946 Gator Bowl win vs. South Carolina).
... improves Wake Forest's record to 8-20 in the Georgia Tech series.
... makes Wake Forest 2-2 this season against top 25 foes
... makes Wake Forest 17-100-1 all-time against top 25 foes, 3-14 under Grobe.
... improves Jim Grobe's Wake Forest record to 2-2 against Chan Gailey-coached Georgia Tech teams.
... improves Grobe's Wake Forest record to 37-34, his ACC record to 20-29 in six seasons and his career record to 70-67-1 in 12 seasons.
... improves Grobe's Wake Forest neutral site record to 2-0.
... improves Grobe's Wake Forest December record to 2-0.
... improves Grobe's Wake Forest record in day games to 23-24, including 6-1 this season.
... improves Wake's all-time record to 389-576-33
... improves Wake's all-time ACC record to 108-257-6.

Starting Notes...
Senior OT Steve Vallos started his 47th career game... Senior SS Patrick Ghee started his 35th straight game... Sophomore DE Anthony Davis started at defensive end in place of junior Jeremy Thompson, who is nursing a shoulder injury... Senior OTArby Jones started at left tackle for the first since the Connecticut game when he injured his MCL.

Giving Up Game's First Points...
Wake Forest allowed a field goal on the first drive of the game. The Deacons entered the game with a 2-2 mark when allowing the opponent to score first, including last week's win at Maryland.

Trailing After One Quarter...
The Deacons entered the game with a 2-2 mark when giving up the game's first points (winning against Duke and Maryland, but losing to Clemson and Virginia Tech).

Triple Threat...
Kenneth Moore started the season at wide receiver was the team's leading receiver until he moved to running back because of injuries. Today, he mostly played running back, but also saw some time at quarterback --carrying 16 times for 38 yards.

No First Half Touchdown...
The Deacons did not score a first half touchdown for just the third time this season. Wake Forest was blanked in the first half against Duke, but rallied to win, 14-13. The Deacons trailed 7-3 to Virginia Tech and eventually lost, 24-6.

Tied At Half... The Deacons and Jackets were tied 3-3 at the half. Wake Forest entered the game 2-0 when tied at the half this season (Syracuse, North Carolina)and 4-1 in the Grobe era.

Abbate 100+Tackle Season...
Junior LB Jon Abbate finished with 15 tackles. It makred the 11th time in 34 career games. Abbate has xxx tackles for the season, the second time in his career he has gone over 105 tackles in a year.

Fourth Down Stop...
Midway through the third quarter, Wake Forest stuffed Georgia Tech on fourth down deep inside Deacon territory. Wake Forest opponents had been 10-of-14 on fourth downs this season.

Wake Forest came into the game averaging 42.0 penalty yards per game. The Deacons commited seven penalties for 85 yards today. The previous season-high was 90 yards against Duke on September 9.

Tied After Three...
In the nearly six years of the Jim Grobe era, no Wake Forest game had been tied after three quarters.

Swanson Gets 4th Quarter Pick...
Senior CB Riley Swanson made a juggling interception while covering his high school teammate Calvin Johnson. It was Swanson's fourth interception of the season and the 22nd for the Deacons.

Tereshinski's Long Reception...
JuniorTEJohn Tereshinski's 39-yard reception early in the fourth quarter was a career-long.

Rinfrette Gets Into The Action...
Freshman FB Mike Rinfrette hauled in a first down reception in the fourth quarter. It was just his second catch of the season.

Don't Sleep On The Deacs...
Today's game was the 10th fourth-quarter rally for the Deacons in six years under Grobe and the third of the season. Wake Forest rallied from fourth quarter deficits against Duke and North Carolina. One of the 10 was a 2002 victory in Atlanta vs. Georgia Tech.



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