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Wake Forest overcomes slow start to win

8/29/2013

Well, it was not exactly the type of start Wake Forest or coach Jim Grobe envisioned to start the season Thursday night.

The Deacs found themselves trailing FCS Presbyterian for most of the first quarter. Then the lights went out in the stadium, forcing a game delay. The offense looked out of sorts early on, too.

But thankfully for the Deacs -- and the ACC -- the problems did not last long. Wake Forest recovered to win 31-7 in a game that was not exactly picture perfect. But Grobe will take it. Here are a few takeaways:

  • Redshirt freshman Jonathan Williams had a breakout game, with All-ACC receiver Michael Campanaro held out because of a tender hamstring. Williams had 143 receiving yards -- the most for a Wake Forest freshman in his first game.

  • Grobe said he planned on using more freshmen this year than at any time in his career. He was true to his word. A whopping nine true freshmen saw action in the game. Consider: Grobe had only played 22 true freshmen in his first 12 years! That deserves an exclamation point.

  • The rushing game has got to be better. Grobe talked all preseason about wanting to establish the run, but the Deacs continued to struggle to gain more than a handful of yards per carry. Wake was only 5-of-18 on third down as well, an area you can bet will be emphasized this week as the Deacs get ready for Boston College next Friday.

  • After giving up the early touchdown, the Wake Forest defense hunkered down. Presbyterian gained 66 yards on the first play of the game, then 85 total the rest of the way. In all, the Deacs forced six turnovers and allowed only two first downs.