More Reaction: The Wake Forest Perspective on the Cards’ Win

Posted on Sep 27 2014 - 10:37pm by Ethan Moore

Photo – Garry Jones/AP

Here’s a look at Louisville’s win from the Wake Forest perspective via the Winston-Salem Journal:

*Deacs defense played well.

“I thought our defense played their hearts out,” Coach Dave Clawson said. “And it’s the same story on offense. We really struggle to block people.

“We get overwhelmed up front.”

Freshman quarterback John Wolford threw two interceptions deep in Louisville territory, and the Wake Forest running game, for the third time this season, was held to negative yardage. But with defensive tackle Tylor Harris recovering three Cardinals fumbles, including one in the end zone for Wake Forest ’s only touchdown, the Deacons led 10-3 going into the fourth quarter.

“They were definitely rattled,” linebacker Brandon Chubb of the Deacons said. “I think that touchdown did rattle them. It took all their momentum away.

*Wake’s loss is similar to ones earlier this year.

They were held to minus-22 yards rushing, which wasn’t as good as the minus-three yards rushing at ULM but was a slight improvement over the minus-22 yard rushing at USU.

Meanwhile freshman quarterback John Wolford was sacked eight times, more than the seven times at ULM and the six times at USU.

“That’s been us all year,” Coach Dave Clawson said. “I think those three games we’ve had, we’ve finished with negative rushing yardage. So when you throw in the sacks we’re in the negative numbers, and that’s been an issue all year.

“We’re young up front and we’ve played really good big fronts that are physical and they are seniors and juniors. We’re overmatched. They’ve got some big guys who have played a lot of football and they’re juniors and seniors and they’re bigger and stronger.

“At some point you’ve got to block some people one-on-one and when that has to happen we certainly struggle.”

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