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November 19, 2011

Wake-MD: Postgame Notes

Wake Forest made itself bowl eligible, while ensuring a winning record in ACC play this fall, with a 31-10 victory over Maryland Saturday afternoon in Winston-Salem.

Read a collection of notes following Wake's big win.

With the Win

--- Wake Forest improves to 6-5 overall and finishes ACC play at 5-3.
--- Wake Forest becomes bowl-eligible for the fourth time in six years.
--- Wake Forest has won 5 ACC games for just the fourth time in school history.

--- Wake Forest finishes with an ACC record over .500 for the ninth time in school history.

--- Maryland leads the series 42-17-1.

--- Wake Forest has won three straight at home against the Terps.
--- Wake Forest has won three of the last five meetings with Maryland.

--- Wake Forest improves to 4-2 when wearing gold jerseys.

Jim Grobe With the Win

--- With the win over Maryland, Jim Grobe's record at Wake Forest stands at 68-65 in his 11th year.

--- Grobe's career record improves to 101-98-1 in his 17th year as a head coach.

--- Grobe's record in ACC games improves to 37-51 and 22-21 in home ACC games.

--- Grobe is 39-29 in home games.
--- Grobe is 5-7 in games against Maryland.

Wake Forest Finishes 5-3 In The ACC

--- The Deacons have finished 5-3 in the ACC, marking just the fourth time in school history that Wake Forest has won five or more conference games in a season.

Givens Breaks Single-Season Receiving Record

--- Junior wide receiver Chris Givens broke the Wake Forest single-season record for most receiving yards with a career-high 191 yards against Maryland. His previous career-high was 170 yards in the season-opener against Syracuse.

--- Givens now has 1,207 receiving yards this season, which broke Ricky Proehl's previous record of 1,053 yards which he set during the 1989 season.

--- Givens recorded his seventh 100-yard receiving game of the season. The school-record is eight held by Wayne Baumgardner in 1979. 

--- Givens now has a total of 10 100-yard receiving games in his career. Ricky Proehl holds the career record with 12.

--- For his career, Givens has recorded 2,350 receiving yards which moves him into fourth in school-history.

--- Givens also caught his 21st career touchdown in the fourth quarter. That ties him for the third-most career touchdown receptions in school-history.

--- With his catch in the first quarter, Givens has now caught at least one pass in each of the last 26 games he has played in.

Ford Does It Again

--- Senior tight end Cameron Ford caught a two-yard touchdown pass from Tanner Price in the first quarter.

--- That was Ford's third reception of the season and the third of his career.

--- Ford also hauled in a three-yard touchdown pass from Price in the first quarter of last week's game at Clemson.

--- Ford finished the day with two catches for 23 yards.
--- He has now caught at least one pass in the last six games.

Price With Another Solid Performance

--- Sophomore Tanner Price completed 20 of 32 passes on the day for a season-high 320 yards and two touchdowns.

--- That's Price's second-most passing yards in a single game in his career. He had 326 against Navy on Oct. 9, 2010.

--- This was the first time in the last four games that he has thrown for more than 200 yards. Price had started the year with seven-straight games of 200 or more passing yards.

--- He now has 19 TD passes on the year, which is third-best for a single-season in school-history.

--- His 26 career TD passes are now tied for eighth-best in a career in school history.

--- Price also finished the game with 22 yards rushing, his second-best performance of the year.

Pendergrass Keeps Running Down Hill

--- After gaining a career-best 134 yards last week at Clemson, senior running back Brandon Pendergrass kept the momentum rolling with 125 yards on 25 carries against Maryland. 

--- That is his second-straight 100-yard game and just the third of his career.

--- The 125 yards marks the second-best rushing performance of his career.

--- He also recorded the 16th rushing touchdown of his career.

--- The Deacons are now 10-5 in the games in which Pendergrass scores a touchdown.

Don't Throw It On Noel

--- Redshirt-freshman Merrill Noel recorded two pass breakups in the game, giving him 18.

--- That ties him with A.J. Greene for the most pass breakups in a single-season in school-history.

--- Greene had 18 pass breakups in 1987.

--- Noel came into the game as the nation's leader with 16 PBUs.

Best Day For "The Big O"

--- True-freshman running back Orville Reynolds had his best day as a Demon Deacon, gaining 63 yards on 11 carries.

--- Both of those totals are season-highs.

What A Combo

--- Receivers Chris Givens and Michael Campanaro have caught a total of 127 passes this season between the two of them.

--- That is tied for the second-most catches in a season by a receiving duo in school-history.

--- The record is 132 by Kenny Moore (98) and Josh Adams (34) in 2007.

Why Do Anything Different

--- Wake Forest won the toss and elected to receive.

--- The Demon Deacons have now received the ball first in all 11 games this season.

--- Wake also scored first in the contest, which is the ninth time in 11 games that the Deacs have dented the scoreboard first.

Newman Stops His Streak

--- Place kicker Jimmy Newman had missed his last three field goal attempts coming into the game.

--- He snapped that streak with a 25-yard field goal in the third quarter.

--- Newman is now 16-of-20 on the year.

Miscellaneous Notes

--- Wake Forest captains are Kyle Wilber, Josh Bush, Joe Looney and Brandon Pendergrass.

--- Wake Forest won the toss and elected to receive.

--- Wake Forest honored 18 seniors during a pregame ceremony

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