The day started off with typical New Orleans weather, hot, muggy and afternoon rain. But the evenings are meant for partying in the Big Easy and Tulane was playing host. Wake Forest didn’t pass on the invitation. In fact, the Demon Deacons enjoyed themselves so much they stayed around for overtime.
With presumed starting quarterback Kendall Hinton suspended for the first three games the question of who steps up loomed large. Dave Clawson found an answer in true freshman Sam Hartman.
The offense showed enormous potential and Hartman was a big part of that equation. The offensive line provided plenty of time and a solid pocket for the freshman to deliver effective strikes downfield.
Greg Dortch pulled in 12 passes for 149 yards and Sage Surratt had 11 passes for 150 yards. A number of those passes to Dortch and Surratt were solid downfield strikes from Hartman.
Alex Bachman worked the end zone pulling down 5 passes for 62 yards and 2 TD’s for Wake Forest.
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On the rushing end it was Cade Carney pushing the rock across the goal line for the Deac’s touchdown. Carney ended the game with 16 rushes and 54 yards. Matt Colburn added 13 totes with 48 yards. Hartman proved himself adept as a dual threat with 13 scampers and 64 yards on the night.
Overall, Hartman was 31 of 51 for 378 yards. He delivered 2 touchdown passes, was intercepted twice and came away with a very respectable QBR of 128.1.
Wake Forest had 378 yards passing and 170 yards rushing.
On special teams, kicker Nick Sciba went 2 for 2 on extra points and missed one of two field goal attempts to add 5 points to the board.
Wake Forest Stops Green Wave – Game Tape
Weaknesses? A few key elements on the defensive side of the ball and we’ll let the video explain it for you.
Game One – Final Thoughts
If Sam Hartman shows the same promise over the remaining games of Hinton’s suspension will Dave Clawson have a QB controversy on his hands? It can never be a bad thing to have more than one capable quarterback on a team, right?
The Deacons will also get back tight end Thomas Cole who was suspended for three games to add to their offensive prowess.
Wake Forest has a tough schedule ahead of them this fall. They’ll face Towson on September 8, Boston College on the 13th followed by Notre Dame on the 22nd.
For now, they’ll enjoy putting that first win under their belts (23-17 OT) and being on top of the ACC win/loss column.