Football Gameday - Wake Forest at Virginia
Oct. 18, 2012
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By Maggie Cancelosi, WakeForestSports.com
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest will return to ACC play on Saturday when the team travels to Scott Stadium to take on the University of Virginia. The Demon Deacons and the Cavaliers are set to kick off at 12:30 p.m. The game will be televised on the ACC Network and can also be heard on the Wake Forest Sports Network from IMG College.
Hampered by injuries, the Deacons (3-3, 1-3) look to be well-rested for Saturday's game after a bye week. Wake Forest opened the ACC season with a win over North Carolina (Sept. 10) but have lost in contests to Florida State, Duke and Maryland since.
Offensively, junior quarterback Tanner Price is 98 of 188 for 1225 yards and seven touchdowns this season. Completing his 34th career TD against the Terrapins, Price's record stands as the sixth-most touchdowns thrown in school history.
Six games into the season, Davis has caught 18 passes for 280 yards. The Lilburn, Ga. native scored his first touchdown of the season with a 73-yard pass from Price in the first quarter of Wake's game against Maryland. Davis also tallied a career-high seven catches for 130 yards.
"I got into the film room and watched a lot of Camp's film to see how he played the game," said Davis. "I've been trying to incorporate his game into mine, and I've been trying to follow in his footsteps in a sense."
Defensively, cornerback Kevin Johnson delivered a strong performance against Maryland with four tackles and his first career interception.
Last Saturday, the Cavaliers (2-5, 0-3) hosted Maryland and fell 27-20 to extend a five-game losing streak. Relying on two quarterbacks, both sophomore starter Phillip Sims and junior backup Michael Rocco threw touchdown passes but neither could lead the Cavaliers to victory.
"What we've seen really is both quarterbacks are very talented," said Wake Forest head coach Jim Grobe. "Sometimes you're changing quarterbacks because you don't think you have a good one but in this case, I think Virginia's got two really good quarterbacks and they're trying to decide which one is the best."
The Deacons are looking to snap a streak of dropping 11 of its last 12 games in Charlottesville, including a heartbreaking 17-16 loss in Wake Forest's last trip to Scott Stadium in 2007. Sam Swank's would-be, 47-yard game-winning field goal was wide right as time expired.
"I love knowing that the crowd is going against you," said junior free safety A.J. Marshall about the challenges of playing on the road. "It's a lot of pressure, and knowing that our fans are back home, and watching adds even more pressure on us. I always like coming out on top on the road. It's a great feeling."
The Cavaliers and Deacons will kick off at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday on the ACC Network.