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Wake Forest vs. Gardner-Webb post game notes

Posted Saturday, September 17, 2011

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Winston Salem, NC - Danny Dembry caught eight passes for 126 yards, both career highs, and Tanner Price threw for 281 yards and two touchdowns to lead Wake Forest to a 48-5 rout of Gardner-Webb on Saturday at BB&T Field. With the win against Gardner-Webb Wake Forest improves to 2-1 on the season.

With the Win
• Wake Forest improves to 2-1 on the season
Jim Grobe's record at Wake Forest is 64-61 and his career record is 97-94-1
• Wake Forest is 12-3-1 against current members of the Big South
• Wake Forest is 26-5 in games against Football Championship subdivision clubs
• Under Jim Grobe, Wake Forest is 29-7 against in-state opponents and has won 16 of 18 • Wake Forest's home record under Grobe improves to 37-28
• Wake Forest, under Grobe, is 31-13 against non-conference opponents and 17-7 at home
• Wake Forest improves to 14-6 in home night games under Grobe and 10-2 vs non-conference opponents
• Wake Forest is 6-5 the week before an open date under Grobe

Defense Stepping Up
• The Demon Deacon did not allow a touchdown for the first time since Sept. 20, 2008 when Wake defeated Florida State 12-3 in Tallahassee.
• The 139 total yards allowed were the fewest since Wake held Clemson to just 198 yards of offense on Oct. 9, 2008 in Winston-Salem.
• The Deacs also held Gardner-Webb to fewer rushing yards than carries. The Runnin' Bulldogs managed just 22 yards on 25 carries.

Brothers Dent The Scoreboard In The Same Game
• Senior Chris Givens and his half-brother Nick Knott each recorded touchdowns in the win over Gardner-Webb.
• That was the first time a pair of brothers both scored in the same game for the Deacons since Nov. 16, 1946 against North Carolina. nick Sacrinty recorded a touchdown while his brother Bo Sacrinty knocked-home a pair of PATs.

Tanner Price Off To A Great Start
• Sophomore Tanner Price finished the game 21-of-32 for 281 yards which gives him a total of 867 yards passing through the first three games. That is the second-most passing yards through the first three games of the season by a Deacon QB. Mike Elkins in 1986 passed for 884 yards.
• It is also his third-straight game with at least 280 yards passing.

Chris Givens Extends His Streak
• With 85 receiving yards tonight, senior Chris Givens has 366 receiving yards through the first three games of the year. That is the best start ever by a Wake Forest receiver. The previous 3-game high was 304 by Ricky Proehl in 1988.
• He has now caught a pass in the last 18 games he has played dating back to October 31, 2009.
• Givens also caught his third touchdown pass of the season.

Givens Does More Than Catch Passes
Chris Givens recorded his second-career punt block in the second quarter.
• That was the first punt block for the Deacs since Givens blocked a punt at Vanderbilt in the final game of the 2010 season.

Pendergrass Reaches Paydirt For The First Time
• Senior running back Brandon Pendergrass had his best game of the young season, finishing with 49 yards on 10 carries.
• He also recorded his first rushing touchdown of the year and the ninth of his career.
• It was his first rushing touchdown since October 2, 2010 against Georgia Tech.
• Wake is now 7-2 when Pendergrass scores a touchdown.

Danny Dembry Continues to Step Up
• Senior WR Danny Dembry finished the game with a career-high eight catches for a career-best 126 yards.
• He tied a career-high with six catches and surpassed his career-high with 102 yards receiving in the first half.

Quarles Does It Again
• Senior safety Cyhl Quarles finished the game with a team-high tying five tackles. Quarles has now led the Deacons in tackles in each of the first three games of the season.

Jackson Breaks Out
• RS Junior Lovell Jackson entered the day with one career reception and finished the game with three catches for 37 yards.
• He also added a career long 65 yard kick return.

Newman Nails Two
• Junior kicker Jimmy Newman entered the season with a streak of 13 consecutive made field goals before missing in the season opener. Since that miss, the Alabama-native has started a new streak with six straight makes.
• He has made seven field goals through the first three games. That is the second-highest streak behind Sam Swank's nine in the first three games of a season.
• Newman also had four touchbacks in the game.Miscellaneous Notes
• Game Captains for Wake Forest were Cyhl Quarles and Danny Dembry
• The Open the Gate guest was Murray Greason, Jr.
• Wake Forest won the coin toss and elected to receive
Steven Chase started at right tackle in place of Dennis Godfrey. It was Chase's first career start
• and broke Godfrey's streak of 14 consecutive starts.
Patrick Thompson completed his first career pass to Keenon Rush. That was also Rush's first career reception.
Nick Knott made his first career appearance and finished the game with 30 yards on seven carries. He also scored his first rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter.

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