Deacon Dump 11/30: Looking back on the best class in Wake Forest history

I don't really know how long it's going to take for it to really sink in that there will be no Riley Skinner next year. I think we as fans just got so used to him. We may have even taken him for granted a little bit. Those kind of leaders and performers don't come along that often. We certainly noticeably missed AC, KP, Chip, Phonz, Arnoux and Robinson this year. But, it's time to turn the page and see what the young gunners can give us.

FIFTH QUARTER: Still second-fiddle to the SEC – ACC Insider - Wilmington Star News - Wilmington, NC - Archive
2. Winning Wake: They won’t finish their careers by making their fourth straight bowl trip, but with a 45-34 win at Duke, 22 Wake Forest seniors earned their 33th career victory, making them the winningest class in school history.

ACC Football: Wake Forest 45, Duke 34 | Salisbury, NC - Salisbury Post
"It feels a lot better than anybody outside of our locker room can imagine," said Skinner, who finished the year with single-season school records of 3,160 yards and 26 touchdown passes. "Just what we've gone through this year and the kind of games that we've had have been the toughest to lose."

Scout.com: Things To Be Thankful For After 2009
Thanks to Wake Forest AD Ron Wellman and Wake head coach Jim Grobe for showing the Duke administration that you can be a small private school and have a good football team at the same time. Your team’s continual embarrassment of ours in the early and mid-90’s was the kick in the pants needed to institute a paradigm shift in how Duke’s decision-makers approached the football program. You made them reaize that Duke strives for excellence in everything we do, except football. That became an unacceptable viewpoint in large part due to your success. because of this shift, Duke football is no longer a red-headed stepchild in its own university community.

UNC, Wake Forest advance to soccer quarterfinals : News-Record.com : Greensboro & the Triad's most trusted source for local news and analysis
"I think it was a tremendous treat for the soccer fans in Winston-Salem tonight," Wake head coach Jay Vidovich said. "They saw six goals. It was a tremendous start to the match for us. We scored three first half goals and I thought it really could have blown open when Corben (Bone) hit the post early in the second half."

Deacons shut down Blue Hose
Brittany Waters scored 14 points to lead Wake Forest past Presbyterian 66-25 yesterday in a nonconference women's game at Joel Coliseum. Presbyterian's 25 points were the second fewest for a Wake Forest opponent since 1972.

Team nicknames: much ado about nothing
Are protestants up in arms because Wake Forest players are known as the Demon Deacons? Lighten up, folks.

Week 13 postgame, the players: Gerhart punches his trophy ticket - Sporting News
2. Riley Skinner, Wake Forest QB. Skinner's college career ended in fitting fashion. He was the catalyst in Wake Forest turning around its miserable program (the Deacons returned to gloomy days this year, however). Skinner passed for a career-high 372 yards and a school-record five touchdowns to help Wake Forest defeat Duke 45-34. He was 28-of-38 passing and did not throw an interception.

'Breakthrough' victory for William and Mary men's basketball -- dailypress.com
William and Mary had lost its last 24 games to ACC schools and its previous 29 road games to ACC teams before knocking off Wake Forest. The Deacons had won 23 consecutive non-conference games at Joel Coliseum and never had lost at their present home in the month of November. It had been 25 years since they beat an opponent in the ACC, taking a 54-53 victory over Virginia on Dec. 5, 1984.

Tough-Minded Purdue Knows Its Identity | The News-Sentinel - Fort Wayne IN
"We’re looking forward to it," Painter said. "They have a great program. They have very talented players, size, athleticism and quickness. We’ll have our hands full. We have to do our part (in upholding Big Ten honor against the ACC). The last couple of years we haven’t. We have to dive into our scouting report and play well."

Stanford impresses Tim Jackson during in-home visit | Home Team | Tampabay.com
UNC will make an in-home Tuesday. Both Wake Forest and Vanderbilt will stop by Wednesday. "I know it's going to get crazy these next couple of months," Jackson said.

Wake Up! Q&A with Wake Forest's Blogger So Dear - Hammer and Rails
Hammer & Rails plays the Q&A game with Blogger So Dear about the ACC/Big Ten Challenge this week.

Deacons closing in on a trip to College Cup
Zack Schilawski really wants to play soccer in his hometown of Cary next month. "It's a nice place," Schilawski said with a smile after he scored two goals and assisted on a third as Wake Forest defeated Duke 4-2 yesterday in a third-round match of the NCAA men's tournament at Spry Stadium. Coach Jay Vidovich of the Deacons joked: "He's got a prom date he still has to hook up with there."

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