Wake Forest Downs Tulane in Season Opener




WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (WakeForestSports.com) - Wake Forest defeated Tulane 7-3 on Thursday night in the season opener at BB&T Field.

Quarterback Kendall Hinton rushed for the only touchdown of the night while fellow quarterback John Wolford finished 9-for-17 for 79 yards. Running back Matt Colburn finished the night with 29 yards receiving and 23 rushing yards.

The Deacons recorded four sacks on the night and seven tackles for a loss. Wake Forest blocked a Tulane field goal in the fourth quarter to hold Tulane to just three points for the game. Jessie Bates led Wake Forest with eight tackles including seven solo stops. The Demon Deacons had one turnover in the game with a forced fumble in the fourth quarter. Julian Jackson tallied five tackles including one solo sack and two half sacks and the forced fumble.

Tulane kicked a 41-yard field goal on its first possession of the game to take a 3-0 lead. The Deacons got on the board for the first time in the 2016 season with 14:16 left in the second quarter. Hinton converted a 4th-and-one as he scampered into the end zone. The drive was aided by a 13-yard run from Hinton down to the Tulane 11-yard line.

Wake Forest led 7-3 heading into the locker room at halftime. Tulane threatened early in the fourth quarter but was halted by a sack from Jackson and Duke Ejiofor. Chris Stewart blocked a Tulane 43-yard field goal attempt to keep it a 7-3 advantage for the Demon Deacons.

Tulane had a late possession in the red zone in the waning minutes of the fourth quarter. Cuiellette attempted a rush on fourth down and was marked short. On the final possession of the game, Jackson forced a fumble which was recovered by Shelldon Lewinson.

Cam Serigne continued his streak of catching a pass in every game he has played for the Demon Deacons. His streak is now 25-straight games with a catch. Serigne finished the game with 15 receiving yards.

True freshman punter Dom Maggio booted eight punts in the game with an average of 40.2 yards. He had two kicks that were over 50 yards and four that were within the Tulane 20-yard line. Maggio takes over this season for Alex Kinal, who set numerous punting records at Wake Forest.

Wake Forest won its 120th all-time game at BB&T Field since it opened in 1968. The Deacons have won eight of its last 11 games when opening the season at BB&T Field and are 75-38-2 in all-time home openers.

Several freshmen, both true and redshirt, made their debut on Thursday night. Rocky Reid, Scotty Washington, Cade Carney, and Steven Claude joined Maggio and Bates for their first Wake Forest game.