Tech Coming In For Homecoming

Game #6
Oct. 11, 2003 

Georgia Tech (3-3, 1-2 ACC) at Wake Forest (3-2, 1-1 ACC)
Groves Stadium (31,500)/Winston-Salem, NC 

Kickoff: 3:30 pm 

Television: No live telecast. Comcast Sports Southeast (CSS) will broadcast the game on tape delay on Tuesday, Oct. 14. 

Radio: Broadcast by the Wake Forest ISP Sports Network, heard on 16 stations across North Carolina and in Virginia. Voice of the Deacons Stan Cotten calls the play-by-play with former WFU great Ed Bradley serving as color analyst. 

On the Internet With the purchase of a paid subscription, the radio broadcast can be heard live over the web via WFU's athletics homepage: 

The Series: Saturday's game marks the 26th meeting between WFU and Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets lead the series 18-7, but the teams have split the last four meetings. 

Records: WFU is 3-2 with a 1-1 mark in ACC play. Georgia Tech is 3-3 overall with a 1-2 league ledger. 

Rankings: Both Wake Forest and Georgia Tech are among the teams receiving votes in the ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll. 

The Coaches: Wake Forest head coach Jim Grobe owns a 16-13 mark in his third season with the Deacs. Now in his ninth season as a head coach, Grobe's career record stands at 49-46-1. Georgia Tech's Chan Gailey is in his second season with the Rambling Wreck, currently with an 10-9 record. In his sixth overall season as a head coach, his career record stands at 34-20. 

Deacs Return To Action; Host Georgia Tech in Key ACC Battle
Coming off an open week, the Wake Forest football team returns to Groves Stadium for a Homecoming date with Georgia Tech on Saturday, Oct. 11. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. 

The Demon Deacons (3-2, 1-1 ACC) have had two weeks to recover from a three-point loss at Virginia in its last outing. Georgia Tech (3-3, 1-2 ACC) brings a two-game win streak into Winston-Salem after defeating NC State and Vanderbilt in its most recent outings. 

Saturday's game will resume a series that has been evenly split over the last four years, with three of those four meetings decided by five points or less. The visiting squad has been victorious the last two seasons, with WFU emerging from Atlanta in 2002 with a three-point win. 

Last Time Out: Virginia Rallies For Win Over WFU
Wake Forest suffered a heartbreaker as Virginia rallied in the fourth quarter for the second straight season to defeat the Deacs, 27-24, in Charlottesville on Sept. 27. 

Cavalier starting quarterback Matt Schaub returned from an shoulder injury suffered in the season opener and completed 30-of-45 passes for 326 yards and two touchdowns. His three second-half interceptions, however, almost cost Virginia the game. 

Virginia led 13-10 early in the third quarter, but Wake Forest responded with two touchdowns to take a 21-13 lead into the final stanza. 

Virginia tied it up when tight end Heath Miller caught a five-yard pass from Schaub, then the quarterback himself snuck in for the two-point conversion. 

Wake Forest was only able to add a field goal in the fourth, and the game appeared to be headed to overtime when Cavalier kicker Connor Hughes nailed a 53-yarder with room to spare with 1:51 remaining. 

Misfortune struck, however, on the next possession, when Cory Randolph, facing third-and-10 from his own 46, was intercepted by Jamaine Winborne. Winborne returned it to the Wake 33 and three plays later, Hughes kicked the game-winning 38-yard field goal. 

As has been the case in every game this season, Wake Forest was outgained in total offense (477 to 392). The Deacons had more yards on the ground (174 to 151) and had the advantage in possession time (30:21) for the first time all season. 

The Deacs on Homecoming
In 56 Homecoming games on record, dating back to the 1947 season, Wake Forest owns a 25-30-1 record in those contests. 

After suffering a four-game Homecoming losing streak from 1995-98, the Deacs have won three of the last four Homecomings, including a 36-10 victory over Duke last season. 

Georgia Tech has been WFU's Homecoming opponent just twice (1988, 1995). Wake is 1-1 in those games with a 28-24 win in '88 and a 24-23 loss in 1995. 

After An Open Week
Over the last five years, the Deacs have experienced mixed results when coming off an open date. Not including breaks before bowl games, WFU is 3-3 after a bye week. Last season, WFU had two consecutive open Saturdays before defeating Navy, 30-27, on Nov. 23. In 2001, Wake was 0-2 after a break, with losses to Maryland and Clemson. In the 2000 season, the Deacs went 1-1 in that situation, losing to Virginia and defeating Duke. WFU played 11 straight weeks in 1999, but posted a victory over Clemson after an early open date in 1998. 

The Series With Georgia Tech
* The Deacs and the Yellow Jackets will meet for the 26th time on Saturday, with Georgia Tech leading the series 18-7.
* Georgia Tech has won six of the last eight meetings, but the teams have split the last four matchups, with the visiting team winning the last two games.
* Three of the last four games have been decided by five points or less, and the last two games have been decided by an average of four points.
* Georgia Tech has been WFU's Homecoming opponent just twice (1988, 1995). Wake is 1-1 in those games with a 28-24 win in '88 and a 24-23 loss in 1995.
* The losing team has scored at least 20 points in every meeting since 1997, and the winning team has scored at least 24. During that span, the two teams have combined to score an average of almost 65 points per game.
* Wake Forest will look to make it two wins in a row over the Yellow Jackets for the first time since putting together a three-game win streak from 1986-88. 

WFU-Georgia Tech Connections
* While Georgia Tech has no North Carolinians on its roster, Wake Forest has a strong Georgia representation on its roster. Fourteen Deacons call Georgia home including seven from the Atlanta area.
* Deacon Ben Rieling and Yellow Jacket Charlie Saunders both attended Milton High School in Alpharetta, Ga.
* Wake's Jeromy Jones and Tech's Gavin Tarquinio both attended Wheeler High School in Marietta, Ga.
* Deacon offensive lineman Steve Vallos and Yellow Jacket offensive lineman Kevin Tuminello both attended Boardman HS in Youngstown, Ohio.
* The two teams have 34 players on their combined rosters (Georgia Tech -19, Wake Forest - 15) from the state of Florida. Wake's Caron Bracy and Tech's Chirod Williams both attended Jacksonville's Trinity Christian.
* Wake Forest's Jim Grobe once moved into Chan Gailey's house in Colorado Springs after Gailey left an assistant coaching position at the Air Force Academy.
* Both Grobe and Gailey both spent considerable time as assistant coaches at Air Force, although at different times. Grobe served as an assistant at Air Force under Fisher DeBerry from 1984 to 1994. Gailey was at the Academy from 1979-82.
* Grobe and Tech defensive coordinator Jon Tenuta are both Virginia graduates.
* Deacon assistant head coach, Billy Mitchell, was on the same Air Force coaching staff with Gailey from 1979-82. When Gailey left Air Force, Mitchell remained and eventually served on the same staff with Grobe.
* Wake Forest assistant coach Brad Lambert previously served as an assistant at Georgia and Deacon linebacker Brad White is a transfer from Georgia.
* Former Deacons Dustin Lyman and Desmond Clark are teammates with former Yellow Jacket Dez White with the Chicago Bears.
* Former Deacon Ricky Proehl and former Yellow Jacket Travares Tillman are teammates with the Carolina Panthers.
* Ed Ellis and Scott Sinclair, who both previously worked at Wake Forest in strength and conditioning, now work in a similar capacity at Tech.
* Georgia Tech media relations assistant Jeremy Noel is a Wake Forest graduate.
* Yellow Jacket director of women's basketball operations Kyle Snipes is a Wake Forest graduate and previously worked in a similar role for the Deacon men's basketball team.
* Also on the Georgia Tech women's basketball staff are two former Demon Deacon players -- Brenda Mock Kirkpatrick and LaChina Robinson.
* Tripp Pendergast, a student in the WFU media relations office, is the son of John Pendergast, the public address announcer for Tech home basketball and football games.
* The Deacons and Yellow Jackets have played just one common opponent thus far -- NC State -- and both teams beat the Wolfpack. 

Turnover Margin Still In Deacs' Favor
One telling statistic that has carried over from last season is WFU's success in turnover margin. The Demon Deacons currently rank first in the ACC and fifth nationally with a +1.6 advantage in turnovers per game. WFU opponents have committed 16 turnovers (eight interceptions, eight fumbles) while the Deacs have lost half that total (five picks, three fumbles). 

Of the 138 points scored by Wake Forest this season, over 28 percent (39 points) have been the direct result of an opponent turnover Conversely, just over 14 percent of WFU's opponent's points (16 of 111) have been the result of Deacon miscues. 

Wake's advantage in turnover margin could have been even higher. In the two-game set with Purdue and East Carolina in September, the Boilers and Pirates combined to fumble the ball 11 times, but lost just three of those. 

Wake Forest also led the ACC and ranked fifth nationally in turnover margin a year ago with a +1.38 advantage. 

Odds & Ends
Wake Forest is riding a streak of 62 games without being shutout, dating back to a 42-0 loss at Air Force in 1998 ... Tyson Clabo and Quintin Williams have served as WFU's game captains in each of the first five contests this season ... the Demon Deacons have scored in 16 of 20 quarters this season ... WFU was blanked in the season-opening first quarter at Boston College, shut out in the second half versus Purdue and the first quarter at Virginia ... free safety Quintin Williams recorded his 200th career tackle versus ECU ... Williams (210) and linebacker Kellen Brantley (221) are the only current Deacon defenders with at least 200 stops ... Jason Anderson ranks third among active ACC receivers with three 100-yard games (NC State's Jerricho Cotchery leads the league with 10.) ... Anderson's 1,371 career receiving yards ranks fourth among active players in the league. 

King of the Break-Up
No, that doesn't mean he's breaking hearts all across campus, but junior cornerback Eric King has established himself as a key pass break-up specialist and one of the top cornerbacks in the ACC. With 13 career PBU entering this season, King has already recorded six break-ups in the first five games of 2003. 

King recorded four tackles, two key pass break-ups and an interception in the Deacs' victory over NC State. King's first PBU of the day came on a 3rd-and-goal play from WFU's six-yard line, forcing NC State to settle for a field goal. His acrobatic interception in the third quarter led to a Deacon field goal. Perhaps his biggest play of the game was another pass break-up in the fourth quarter, when NC State, trailing 31-17, faced a 4th-and-30 play from the WFU 31. The change in possession led to WFU's final TD drive of the day which sealed the Deacon victory. 

King was also impressive versus ECU, recording both an interception and a fumble recovery in addition to three tackles and a PBU. 

He currently ranks third in the ACC in passes defended, averaging 1.6 per game. 

King, as well as senior free safety Quintin Williams, is moving up WFU's career PBU chart. Williams is eighth with 21 career break-ups while King is currently 11th with 19. 

Anderson A Big-Play Guy
Although he wasn't a starter in 2002, junior Jason Anderson is one of the nation's top returning wide receivers, in terms of yards per catch. Anderson averaged 23.3 yards per reception last year, a figure that ranked second nationally behind Houston senior Brandon Middleton (24.1 ypc) coming into this fall. 

Anderson, who caught six of WFU's eight receiving touchdowns last season and has three of the team's four so far this year, also reached an impressive milestone in the 2002 Seattle Bowl. He recorded his 1,000th career receiving yard in just his 51st reception. 

For his career, Anderson has 72 catches for 1,371 yards -- averaging 19.0 yards per catch. He needs just three more receptions (75 career) to appear in this category, but that average would set a new school record for career average per reception. The current record is 17.2 yards per catch, set by Todd Dixon from 1990-93. 

The conference minimum for this same category is 70 career catches, so Anderson already appears on that list, ranking fifth all-time among ACC receivers. 

Anderson currently has a streak of 13 straight games with at least two receptions. His 79-yard touchdown catch against ECU was the third-longest in school history. Anderson, in fact, has caught five passes of at least 57 yards in his career -- and all five were TD catches. WFU went 4-0 in those games. 

Bouncing Back
Wake Forest carried an interesting streak into the 2003 campaign, and was able to extend it the first time it was put to the test this season. Following their previous 10 losses (dating back to the 2001 season) the Demon Deacons have bounced back to win the very next game. 

Five of those eight rebound victories have come on the road, including 2002 wins over Purdue, Georgia Tech and the victory over Oregon in Seattle. 

The Deacs have not dropped two games in a row since a three-game skid versus Maryland, FSU and NC State early in the 2001 campaign. 

Idlette Making An Impact
Redshirt freshman Willie Idlette is making an early case for ACC Rookie of the Year honors. In addition to the three touchdowns he's already scored, Idlette is the league's top freshman and is the only rookie among the top 10 leaders in both all-purpose yardage (108.8) and scoring (3.6 ppg). He's also the highest-ranking freshman in punt returns (12.0 ypr) and is third among ACC rookies in kickoff returns (19.1). 

All classes included, Idlette ranks among the league leaders in all four of these categories as well -- fifth in all-purpose yards, third in punt returns, ninth in kick returns and ninth in scoring. 

Grobe Among Select Company
Jim Grobe is one of just three coaches in Wake Forest history to win 13 games during his first two years with the program. Like Grobe, Hank Garrity won six games in his first season with the Deacs (1923) and posted seven wins the following year. The only other coach to accomplish this feat was Bill Dooley (seven wins in 1987, six in 1988). With four more wins this season, Grobe could post the best three-year win total by a coach in school history, surpassing Garrity's 19 from 1923-25. 

On This Date in WFU History
Over the years, Wake Forest has fared pretty well in games played on Oct. 11, compiling an 8-4-1 record ... only five of those games have been at home with the Deacs going 2-3 in those contests ... Wake is playing in Groves Stadium on Oct. 11 for the first time since 1986, a 40-30 loss to North Carolina ... WFU hopes to reverse its fortunes this weekend as it is currently riding a five-game losing streak on Oct. 11 ... the last victory on this date came in 1958, a 13-7 win over NC State ... every game on this date since 1958 has been an ACC contest with WFU going 1-5 in those games ... Wake is 1-4 versus ranked teams on Oct. 11 ... the Deacs and the Yellow Jackets have never met on Oct. 11. 

Coming Up Next
Wake Forest makes the first of two trips down I-40 east this season when it travels to Duke for an ACC matchup on Saturday, Oct. 18 at Wallace Wade Stadium. The game is set for a 12 noon kickoff and will be televised regionally by JP Sports. 

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