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Four Downs - Wake 4-0 Starts

Four Downs takes a look at the other four Wake Forest football teams that have started the season 4-0.

Wake Forest moved to 4-0 for the fifth time in program history Saturday with a 33-28 road win over Indiana in Bloomington.

Historically speaking, the good news for Wake fans? Three out of the four previous times the Deacs won their first four, they also won game No. 5.

Four Downs this week takes a quick look at the four seasons where the Deacs got off to an extended undefeated start.


The Deacs won their first seven in a row and finished 8-1 under coach D.C. Walker, who coached for 14 seasons (77-51-6). They notched their fifth win of the season that year with a 21-7 victory at N.C. State.

Wake moved up to No. 12 in the nation that year, before falling 34-0 at No. 20 Duke.


Also under Walter, the Deacs moved to 4-0 with wins over Georgetown, Clemson, North Carolina and George Washington to become No. 14 in the rankings.

They then fell 13-6 to No. 15 Duke and finished the season 6-4.


Bill Dooley’s began his tenure at Wake by winning his first five games, including three-straight one-score games over Appalachian State, Army and North Carolina.

The 22-14 win over the Heels in Chapel Hill was the Deacs fifth in a row to start the year, but they then dropped the next three and finished 7-4, 4-3 in the ACC.

They topped NC State 21-3 in Winston-Salem in the second game of the season.


What could possibly be written now about 2006 that hasn’t already been discussed? Magical year for the Demon Deacs, who finished as ACC Champions with an 11-3 mark after an Orange Bowl loss to Louisville.

They moved to 5-0 with a 34-14 home win over Liberty before finally losing to Clemson at home. The Deacs then went out and knocked off the Wolfpack 25-23 in Raleigh to move to 6-1 on the season. A 53-yard Sam Swank field goal game the Deacs a 25-17 lead with 8:05 left in the game. That was the THIRD Swank field goal longer than 50 yards that game, a Wake Forest record that still stands. Swank hit two from 53-yards out against the Wolfpack. Those are tied for the longest made field goals in Wake history.

The Wolfpack scored a rushing touchdown with five minutes left, but failed on a two-point conversion to leave the Deacs in the lead at 25-23. NC State got the ball back and were driving in the final minute, until Josh Gattis intercepted a Daniel Evans pass at the Wake 18 yard line with :45 left in the game to seal the win for the Deacs.

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