Wake Forest’s captains for Saturday’s contest against Duke were seniors Patrick Ghee and Willie Idlette.
While there were few bright spots in the first half, one was a glimpse at the punting ability of Sam Swank. Over the past decade, the Deacs have consistently punted well and this season could be more of the same. Though Coach Grobe said afterwards that he was disappointed in the kicking game, Swank opened up with a 47-yard punt and later followed that punt with a 86-yard blast. His 86-yard kick is the longest in school history, breaking the mark of 82-yards set by Ryan Plackemeier a season ago against N.C. State.
Speaking of consistency, Duke’s passing attack was consistently good over the first two quarters. The Blue Devils amounted 116-yards receiving in the first quarter. In the second quarter, Duke passed for another 116-yards. Wake Forest’s defense adjusted in the second half, giving up just 72-yards of passing in the second half.
The Deacs were shut out in the first half of a game for the first time since November 27th, 2004 against Maryland. It was the 1st time the Deacs were shut out at home in the first time since October 11th, 2003 against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.
Wake Forest came away from Saturday’s game relatively unscathed as far as injuries. Jeremy Thompson left the game with bruised ribs. Alphonso Smith was limping afterwards with a bruised leg but will be fine for the UConn game. According to Coach Jim Grobe, safety Josh Gattis has either a heavy bruise or a hip pointer, hopefully a bruise.
Though Gattis returned to the game after his injury, he was replaced in the lineup on the field goal block team for the game’s final play. Who replaced him? Chip Vaughn, the same Deacon who blocked the 28-yard field goal to seal the win.
Deacon quarterback Riley Skinner, making his first start, put up impressive numbers in his opener. Skinner completed 22-29 passing for 235-yards and one touchdown.
Skinner completed his first career touchdown pass with 9:08 remaining in the 3rd quarter. The pass, a 6-yard hook up over the middle to John Tereshinski, was also Tereshinski’s first touchdown reception of his career.
The Deacon receivers were led by senior Willie Idlette. The Tennessee native racked up a career high 68-yards receiving yards against the Blue Devils.