Monday, September 14, 2009
Wake's Skinner completes odd career trend
By Heather Dinich
Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich
Wake Forest quarterback Riley Skinner has developed a habit of leading the Deacs to game-winning drives in his second game of each season.
He's done it all four years. Check this out:
- In 2006, Skinner was playing in his second career game and made his first-ever start as he helped erase a 13-7 Duke lead as Wake Forest won 14-13.
- After separating his shoulder in the season opener at Boston College in 2007, Skinner returned as the Deacons hosted Maryland, his second game of the season. He helped Wake rally from a 24-3 deficit to beat the Terps 31-24 in overtime.
- Last year, Skinner drove Wake Forest on a nine-play, 57-yard drive as Sam Swank booted a 41-yard field goal to beat Ole Miss 30-28.
- On Saturday, against Stanford, Skinner engineered his seventh career fourth quarter game-winning drive. Skinner led Wake to the Stanford 1-yard line and scored on a 1-yard run with two seconds left to play. During the fourth quarter, Skinner completed 8 of 9 passes for 92 yards. On the final drive, he was 4 for 4 for 65 yards.
Anyone who doubted Skinner after his three-interception performance against Baylor need only to look back to see the odds were he would rebound. And he did.