The day started so well for a Wake Forest offense that had been the epitome of struggling.
After going three and out on their first drive against Syracuse, the Demon Deacons drove 91 yards on their next possession to take a 7-0 lead on the Orange midway through the first quarter. It was Wake’s longest scoring drive of the season.
Unfortunately, the quarterback who directed that drive, John Wolford, was knocked out of the game in the second quarter with a suspected concussion. Wolford was the victim of a hard, but legal, blindside hit on a pass attempt, which ended up being picked off and returned for a touchdown to give the Orange a 17-7 lead midway through the second quarter.
After being taken into the locker room, it was determined that Wolford would not be able to return.
Wolford was named the starter early on in summer camp, subsequently becoming the first true freshman in school history to start a season opener. He was replaced by Tyler Cameron, who as of this posting was 6-8 for 27 yards as the Demon Deacons trailed 30-7 late in the third quarter.