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Deacon Dump 10/19: Road to Recovery

The Deacs obviously have a lot to think about and work on after the loss on Saturday. It seems like Wake always has one loss like that on the road. Unfortunately, it is usually at Death Valley. After last year's loss to Maryland, Chip Vaughn said that the team had a "come to Jesus" meeting. Here's hoping this year's team does the same thing.

ACC Football Power Rankings, Oct. 19 Articles
In the Atlantic, Wake Forest and Clemson traded places when the Tigers thumped the Deacons. Clemson has head-to-head wins over Wake and Boston College and therefore wins any (remotely conceivable) tie involving the schools.

Daily Herald | Bulls making gains in athleticism
The No. 2 rookie scorer in the preseason, behind top pick Blake Griffin, is Atlanta guard Jeff Teague at 15.2 points. Teague played with Bulls forward James Johnson at Wake Forest. Plenty of college basketball fans wondered why Wake went from a No. 1 ranking in January to a brutal first-round NCAA loss to Cleveland State last season. Johnson said it wasn't because of any friction between him and Teague. "I talk to him every day," Johnson said. "That's my man and I wish him the best always. We fell apart because we fell apart." -- Football News -- Spiller, Tigers dismantle Demon Deacons
"I thought they had a good game plan for us," Grobe said. "I think they did some good things with their off time, and I think they played really well. There is never any doubt about their talent level, and I was impressed with their talent, and their coaching staff did a nice job scheme-wise. They used the time off wisely. I thought their kids played great."

The Clemson Sports Blog: Thoughts from Clemson 38, Wake Forest 3 : News :
"We had a lot of fire burning down inside us," said C.J. Spiller. "We knew if we came in and got this win we could be right back where we wanted to be, in control of our destiny. The guys, I challenged them last night and they came out and responded."

Clemson rolls past Wake Forest
"It's a long bus ride -- especially when you play like that," defensive tackle John Russell said.

Duke Is Back, And They Are Melodramatic - Duke Blue Devils - Deadspin
There are some unfamiliar names on this year's Blue Devils squad. Thankfully, they're making sure they give us things to make fun of them for. - Never a chance in Death Valley

Clemson says bye-bye, Deacons :
"We've played (Skinner) over the years and know if he gets hit a few times, he starts getting frustrated," Sapp said. "We knew we had to come out, hit him, and get him on the ground."

Deacons roll to soccer victory - Sports - News & Observer
Wake Forest senior forward Zack Schilawski started the scoring in the fifth minute, his sixth goal this season. Senior midfielder Austin da Luz, the ACC's assist leader, had the first of his three assists.

Allen will treat Wake with visit on Halloween
Zachary Allen, the outstanding linebacker at Pahokee and one of the top-rated recruits in Palm Beach County, is planning to take his official visit to Wake Forest the weekend of Halloween for the Demon Deacons' game against Miami. Allen has made a verbal commitment to Wake Forest, but other schools continue to court him, including UM. However, Allen told Deacons Illustrated this week that his commitment is solid and he still plans to enroll at the North Carolina school in January after graduating early from Pahokee.

ACC INSIDER: Fifth quarter … Now it’s a free-for-all in both divisions | ACC Insider
Wake Forest, F: The Deacons came into their game at Clemson atop the Atlantic Division standings and leading the ACC in total offense, but they didn’t like they belonged in the same league with the awakened Tigers. Quarterback Riley Skinner threw for less than 100 yards, got sacked five times and threw two interceptions. The ground game wasn’t much better. Wake also hurt itself with costly mistakes, such as the holding penalty it committed on the 1-yard line that turned a potential momentum-turning touchdown early in the second quarter into a short field goal. Defensively, the Deacons couldn’t contend with the speed and athleticism of Clemson’s skill players, led by all-purpose running back C.J. Spiller. And don’t let the fact that they "held" the Tigers to just seven points in the second half fool you. Had the Tigers not called off the dogs after halftime, this one could have – and probably should have – been much worse.