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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (wakeforestsports.com) – Quarterback John Wolford passed for a career-high 323 yards and three touchdowns as Wake Forest defeated Elon 41-3 in the 2015 season-opener at BB&T Field on Thursday night.
Wolford also capped off his career-day with a 70-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. The rush was the fifth-longest by a Demon Deacon quarterback and the longest quarterback touchdown run since 1968.
Wake Forest piled up 591 total yards of total offense off 82 plays while stifling Elon’s offense. Elon managed just 151 yards of total offense during the contest. The Deacons posted 388 passing yards and 203 rushing yards while holding a 29-6 advantage in first downs.
Freshman running back Matt Colburn rushed for 38 yards and a touchdown while freshman wide receiverChuck Wade compiled 70-yards receiving and a touchdown. Redshirt sophomore tight end Cam Serigne finished with a touchdown and 60 yards receiving. Cortez Lewis had 64 yards receiving and a score in the win.
Cameron Glenn and Hunter Williams led the defense with five tackles and four solo stops each. Ryan Janvion and Brandon Chubb each recorded four total tackles.
Wake Forest opened the scoring late in the first quarter with a 28-yard field goal from Mike Weaver. The Deacons extended their lead to 10-0 after a 10-yard touchdown pass to Serigne from Wolford with 11:19 left in the second quarter. The drive was set up by a 22-yard run from Tyler Bell.
Colburn rushed for a 2-yard touchdown capping off an 11 play, 90-yard drive which put Wake Forest up 17-0.
Wolford made the play of the night when he bolted for a 70-yard touchdown run with 2:57 left in the first half. Weaver’s extra point put the Deacs up 24-0 heading into the locker room. By halftime, Wolford had thrown for 209 yards.
Elon added a field goal in the third quarter but the Deacons added on with a 30-yard touchdown pass to Lewis and a 27-yard touchdown pass to Wade. Wake Forest led 38-3 heading into the fourth quarter, before Weaver added a 32-yard field goal to make it 41-3.
Freshman quarterback Kendall Hinton took over for Wolford in the fourth quarter. Hinton was 9-for-13 for 65 yards.
• Wake Forest piled up 591 total yards. The Deacons hadn’t gained 500 yards since taking on Army in 2012, and were nine yards from the first 600-yard game since 1968.
• The Deacs rushed for 200 yards for the first time since against Army in 2012.
• John Wolford became Wake Forest’s first 300-yard passer since Tanner Price in 2013.
• Wake Forest possessed the ball for 38:52.
• Wake Forest freshmen accounted for three of Wake Forest’s five touchdowns (Matt Colburn, Chuck Wade, Cortez Lewis).
• Tyler Bell also averaged 5.6 yards on five carries and had three catches for 42 yards.
• Wade (70 yards), Lewis (64 yards), Tabari Hines (24 yards), and Alex Bachman (eight) each gained receiving yards.
• Defensively, Cameron Glenn was tied for Wake Forest’s leading tackler, while Willie Yarbary, Zack Wary, Dionte Austin, Deonte Davis and Chris Calhoun also recorded stats.
• Wake Forest is 54-57-3 all-time in season-opening games.
• The Deacons are 74-38-2 all-time in home openers, including six straight victories.
• Wake Forest wore its new black jerseys with gold striping and gold pants on Thursday night.
Wake Forest travels north to Syracuse on Sept. 12 at 12:30 p.m. in the ACC opener for both teams. The game can be heard on the Wake Forest IMG Sports Network and will be televised on the ACC Network.