"I am certainly very disappointed," said Roof of his team's effort and execution. "There were some opportunities there. I thought we had to stay in the game and make it a better game. We didn't capitalize there and take advantage on the chances. We didn't tackle very well. The outcome was the outcome. I am very disappointed."
The win improves the Deacons to 4-5 overall and 3-3 in the ACC, and drops the Blue Devils to 1-8 on the season and 0-6 in conference play.
The afternoon started strong as the Blue Devils forced the Deacons to go three and out on the first possession and then drove 60 yards into Wake territory before a questionable no-call on a Mike Schneider pass to Eron Riley halted the Duke advance. After a 26 yard punt from Chris Sprague, Wake needed just three plays to march 80 yards and make it 7-0 on the strength of a 64 yard scamper from Barclay down to the Duke eight yard line.
On their next possession Wake would drive 35 yards before Sam Swank would boot a 45 yard field goal to make it 10-0. Six minutes later Wake would go 65 yards to set up Swank for a 38 yard kick to extend the lead to 13-0.
From there Duke began to fall apart as a Duke interception led to the Deacons setting up shop on the Blue Devil seven yard line. Two plays later, quarterback Benjamin Mauk scored on the ground from six yards out for a 20-0 score at the 4:20 mark of the second period.
Still, Duke did show signs of life as freshman Zack Asack led the offense on a six play, 69 yard drive that resulted in the only points of the day as Asack hit Eron Riley in the endzone to cut the lead to 20-6, but Joe Surgan's extra point failed and the mood around Wallace Wade began to turn ominous.
Wake would put the game out of reach in the third quarter by putting up 17 points in a nine minute stretch to lead to 37-6.
Barclay, who became Wake Forest's all-time leading rusher with his Saturday performance, scored on a nine-yard run to cap a nine play, 65-yard drive with 8:41 remaining to make it 27-6. Soon after Barclay would scamper 71 yards for his second touchdown of the day.
"He did a good job and is a good back," said Roof of Barclay. "He has made a lot of yards against a lot of people. Unfortunately, he made too many against us today. Some of that was his doing and some was ours. He is a fine football player and has a great career there. I am glad he is gone."
Swank's third field goal of the day, a 27-yarder with under a minute left in the third period, increased the lead to 37-6.
With the game already in hand, De'Angelo Bryant found the end zone on the ground from nine yards out for a 44-6 margin.