Posted by ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. –- Now Wake Forest knows how it feels.
The program that led the nation in turnovers last year found out how costly it is to be on the giving end, and while Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin was indeed impressive, the Demon Deacons know their four turnovers contributed to Baylor’s 24-21 win.
Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe said the Deacs “got what we deserved.”
“When you turn the ball over as many times as we did, and then you give up as many big plays -- a couple of them for scores on defense -- it’s hard to beat a good football team,” Grobe said. “We deserved what we got today and I give Baylor credit for that. I’m not saying that Baylor didn’t play very well.”
Just that Wake could’ve played much better.
The defense, which had to replace seven starters, also made mistakes, but it improved as the game progressed, and in the fourth quarter gave the offense a chance at a comeback win. It was an uncharacteristic, undisciplined performance under Grobe, and it was hardly only because of the new faces on defense or at wide receiver. It was a combination of mistakes that ultimately undid the Deacs.
“There were a couple of times offensively and defensively we had mistakes,” said wide receiver Devon Brown. “Missed tackles on defense, not lining up the right spots on offense, having false starts. We could have eliminated the penalties and made plays, had less turnovers then it easily could have gone the other way.”
Asked after the game how he evaluated his own performance, quarterback Riley Skinner scoffed and said, “I think the interceptions speak for itself.
“That’s not the way I want to play,” he said. “It’s pretty much as simple as that. I expect myself to play better, the coaches expect me to play better. When it’s your offense and you have a performance like this, you feel it more at the quarterback position. You want to take it upon yourself because you have pride in your offense and how you play on Saturdays. That’s just not the way we wanted to start the season.”