Wake Forest: A Numerical Perspective

Wake Forest walked into West Point last season and, after a rough first half, put together a solid 30 minutes after halftime to fend off Army. This year, though, the Black Knights can realistically expect to do better against the Demon Deacons -- not necessarily because they might be better, but because Wake is now demonstrably worse. This marks a big opportunity for Jeff Monken's team.


THE WAKE FOREST DEMON DEACONS: A NUMERICAL PERSPECTIVE

The Wake Forest Demon Deacons gained only 94 yards and just five first downs in their season opener against Louisiana-Monroe, a game in which the offense scored only three points, the other seven coming on a blocked punt recovery in the end zone. Wake Forest’s offense gave up a pick-six in that same game, meaning that the Demon Deacons’ offensive unit conceded more points to the opposition than it gained itself. Last weekend against Utah State, Wake Forest once again scored a non-offensive touchdown (an interception return) and allowed another pick-six. The Demon Deacons lost another fumble which was returned for a touchdown. This team cannot hang on to the ball, and it doesn’t do much even when it has the ball. Just three games from the new season have shown as much.

Here’s the book on the Demon Deacons from 2013. It’s not as though the Deacs were great a year ago, but this profile tells you were this team was coming from when it began the 2014 season:

SITUATIONAL WIN-LOSS RECORDS IN 2013 (FBS ONLY)

Record when having more first downs than an opponent: 1-1.

Fewer: 1-7.

Statistical tie in this category (differential of zero): 1-0.

Record when having more yards than an opponent: 2-0.

Fewer: 1-8.

Record when having more rushing yards than an opponent: 1-2.

Fewer: 2-6.

Record when having more passing yards than an opponent: 2-3.

Fewer: 1-5.

Record when having more penalties than an opponent: 1-5.

Fewer: no games played with fewer penalties than an opponent.

Statistical tie: 2-3.

Record when having more turnovers than an opponent: 0-6.

Fewer: 2-2.

Statistical tie: 1-0.

Record when having more time of possession than an opponent: 2-4.

Less time of possession: 1-4.

BALL SECURITY AND FUMBLE LUCK.

Fumbles in 2013: 15.

Fumbles lost: 9.

Interceptions thrown: 14.

TAKEAWAYS ON DEFENSE

Defensive fumbles recovered: 9 recoveries of 21 fumbles by opponents.

Interceptions made: 12.

DRIVE STARTS IN AN OPPONENT’S TERRITORY

Drives starting in an opponent’s half of the field (including the 50-yard line): 20.

Conference rank (ACC) in number of drive starts in an opponent’s half of the field: tied for sixth out of 14 teams.

Points scored on these drives, assuming seven points for all touchdowns, regardless of PAT or conversion outcomes: 54 – 6 touchdowns, 4 field goals.

Territorial breakdown of drives and outcomes: 14 drives from the 50 to the opponent’s 36 – 3 touchdowns, 4 field goals; 3 drives from the 35 to the 21 – 2 touchdowns; 3 possessions starting in the red zone – 1 touchdown.

Conference rank (ACC) in number of points scored on drives starting in an opponent’s half of the field: tied for 11th.

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