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October 30, 2011

UNC-Wake Forest Postgame Notes

Wake Forest rallied to make a game of it in the second quarter, but five turnovers and allowing over 550 yards defensively resulted in a 49-24 loss to North Carolina Saturday afternoon in Kenan Stadium.

Read extensive postgame notes below, courtesy of Wake Forest Athletic Communications.

With the Loss

---Wake Forest falls to 5-3 overall and 4-2 in the ACC
---Jim Grobe's record stands at 100-96-1 overall and 67-63 in 11 years at Wake Forest
---Under Grobe, Wake Forest is now 30-8 against Big 4 in-state rivals Duke, NC State and UNC
---North Carolina holds a 68-34-2 lead in the all-time series

Pendergrass Punches it In

---Brandon Pendergrass scored two rushing touchdowns in the game, setting a new career-best. His first score came on an eight-yard run in the second quarter and his second on a 30-yard run in the third quarter.

---Pendergrass finished with 99 rushing yards, the second-most in a game of his career. His career-best mark is 110 yards against Virginia in 2008.

The Golden Boot

---Alex Wulfeck unleashed a 50-yard punt with 2:25 left in the first quarter and followed it up with a 59-yarder with 3:24 remaining in the first half, marking the two longest punts of his career

---Jimmy Newman made a 22-yard field goal with 7:03 to go in the first half, setting a new Wake Forest record with 13 consecutive made field goals. Newman had held the previous record of 12 straight made field goals that he tied last week against Duke, giving him the two longest streaks in school history.

First Half Woes

---North Carolina was the first team on the scoreboard courtesy of a seven-yard touchdown pass from Bryn Renner to Giovani Bernard with 9:02 remaining in the first quarter. It was the first time all season that a Wake Forest opponent scored first.

---The Demon Deacons gave up two first quarter turnovers on a Tanner Price fumble and Michael Campanaro interception. It was the first time this season that Wake Forest had lost multiple turnovers in an entire game.

---Wake Forest was shut out in the first quarter for the first time this season.

---Wake Forest trailed 21-10 at halftime, only the second time this season that the Deacons have gone into the locker room trailing this year.

---The Demon Deacons' 21 points allowed in the first half were tied for the most all season and their 10 points scored in the first half were tied for the fewest all season. Both numbers tied marks that were set in Wake Forest's loss to Virginia Tech.

Deacons Giving It Away

---Wake Forest gave away a season-high five turnovers, coming on four interceptions and one fumble lost.

---Coming into today's game Wake Forest had only given up five turnovers all season.

---The Tar Heels scored 28 points off of Wake Forest turnovers

---The five turnovers by the Deacons were the most since a loss to Boston College last season where they also turned the ball over five times.

Defensive Breakdown

---The 49 points that Wake Forest allowed to North Carolina were the most for a Wake Forest opponent since they allowed 62 points to Maryland last season.

---UNC quarterback Bryn Renner threw for a career-high 338 yards. He is the second opposing quarterback to throw for over 300 yards against the Deacons this season, after Mike Glennon of NC State passed for 315.

---562 yards of total offense allowed were the most for a Wake Forest opponent since Virginia Tech went for 605 against the Deacons last season.

Career Bests as Time Wound Down

---The 41 yard completion from Ted Stachitas to Campanaro in the fourth quarter was the longest completion of Stachitas' career and also the longest career reception for Campanaro

---Tommy Bohanon scored his first-career rushing touchdown on a three-yard run with 2:23 remaining in the game. Bohanon has two career receiving touchdowns.

Streaks Snapped

---Kyle Wilber was held without a sack for the first time in five games.

---It is the first time in the last five games against North Carolina dating back to 2003 that Wake Forest did not have a defensive or special teams touchdown against the Tar Heels.

---Chris Givens had 42 receiving yards today, ending his streak of four 100-yard receiving games snapped.

---Givens' streak of consecutive games with a touchdown reception was ended at five games and his school-record tying streak of four consecutive 100-yard receiving games was ended.

---Merrill Noel did not record a pass breakup for the first time in seven games.

---This was the first time all season that Tanner Price did not throw a touchdown pass.

Givens Keeps Reception Streak Alive

---Givens has now caught a pass in 23 consecutive games.
---Givens is now 10th on the Wake Forest career reception list with 132 catches in his career

---Givens also moved up to sixth in school history with 2,071 career receiving yards.

---He ranks on the school single-season charts with 922 receiving yards.

Defensive Notables

---Mike Olson recovered a second quarter fumble by Renner for his second fumble recovery of the season.

---Zachary Allen combined with Patrick Thompson to sack Bryn Renner in the third quarter for the first sack of Allen's career.

----Riley Haynes posted his first career sack in the second quarter, tackling UNC quarterback Renner for a 12-yard loss.

---Nikita Whitlock tackled Bernard for a four-yard loss in the second quarter, marking the fifth consecutive game that Whitlock has recorded a tackle for loss. He now had a TFL in seven of the Deacons' eight games this season.

---Whitlock finished the day with three tackles for loss, a new career-high

Jackson Earns First-Career Block

---Justin Jackson blocked a North Carolina punt that was returned by Danny Dembry. It was the first blocked kick of Jackson's career.

---It was Wake Forest's second blocked punt and third blocked kick of the season. Givens blocked a punt against Gardner-Webb and Wilber blocked a field goal in the season opener at Syracuse.

Miscellaneous

---Wake Forest won the toss and chose to receive. The Deacons have had the ball first on offense in all eight games.

---It was the first time all season that Wake Forest lost the game after winning the toss. The Deacons are now 3-1 when they win the toss.

---Wake Forest captains were safety Josh Bush and offensive tackle Dennis Godfrey.

---When Wake has played consecutive road games, it has now lost the second game six straight times dating back to 2006.








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