This Week In Wake Forest Football

It wasn't the so-called Miami mystique that beat Wake Forest on Saturday. It was the Hurricanes' speed and depth.

The Demon Deacons (4-6, 1-6 ACC) never recovered after the blow the Hurricanes delivered on their first three possessions. The Deacons found themselves trailing by three touchdowns just past the midpoint of the first quarter as Miami QB Brock Berlin came out firing.

The eventual 52-7 loss was the Deacons' worst defeat under coach Jim Grobe. It was the most points they had given up since a 55-7 loss to Clemson on Sept. 16, 2000, the season before Grobe took over.

The 45-point margin of defeat was the worst since that same game and was 15 points more than the total margin of defeat in the Deacons' previous five losses this season combined.

Oh, yeah. The sixth loss assures the Deacons they will be home for the holidays.

"We played a pretty good Miami team," Grobe said. "I thought they gave us their best shot, and our guys especially early didn't play very well. We lost some momentum. This is the first time this year we didn't play good in any area. The offense certainly couldn't make anything happen -- we weren't able to make anything happen consistently running the football and we weren't able to throw it very well. And then defensively we gave up big plays, just plays for big gains.

"And special teams getting the punt blocked was a big momentum deal there in the third quarter. I don't think we played very well, but my hat's off to Miami. I was really impressed with them today."

About the only time the Deacons, who hadn't lost by more than a touchdown in any game this season, showed some life was late in the second quarter when they drove 80 yards in 13 plays. Even then they had help. An unsportsmanlike penalty against Miami kept the drive alive after the Deacons had been stopped far short of a first down at midfield.

TB Chris Barclay scored the touchdown on a 14-yard run. He was the Deacons' leading rusher with 57 yards backed up by QB Ben Mauk, who ran for 47 but threw for only 33.

The Deacons will end their season Saturday at Maryland.

NOTES, QUOTES
GAME BALL GOES TO: RB Chris Barclay -- Though his numbers were not all that impressive (18 carries, 57 yards), he continued to run hard all day and scored his team's only touchdown on a 14-yard sprint around left end to cap an 80-yard drive in the second quarter.

KEEP AN EYE ON: WR Kevin Marion -- The redshirt freshman gave the Deacons a little spark with a 10-yard carry on an end-around. He also had a catch for 14 more yards. QUOTE TO NOTE: "This was a total team loss. I don't think we'll go back and look at very many things that we did that we liked." -- Coach Jim Grobe, after the 52-7 loss to Miami

STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL
LOOKING GOOD: Nothing really clicked for the Demon Deacons against Miami. But they did put together an 80-yard drive for a touchdown late in the second quarter and ended the day with 157 yards rushing.

STILL NEEDS SOME WORK: The insertion of redshirt freshman QB Ben Mauk into the starting lineup was seen as a move to put some life in the passing game, but so far it hasn't worked. Mauk was only 4-for-8 and the Deacons were only 5-for-12 as a team passing against Miami.

ROSTER REPORT: CB Eric King (hamstring) wasn't able to play, and the Hurricanes picked on his replacement, sophomore Riley Swanson, all afternoon.


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