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BSD Roundtable: Favorite Passes, Assists and “Giving Plays” in Wake Forest Sports History

Game-winning assists? Clutch passes? The BSD crew looks into some of the great “giving plays” in Wake Sports history.

Wake Forest v Louisville Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images

This article is part of a series for the 1st ever Deacs Day of Giving, a 24-hour fundraising event being held today, May 22nd, 2018. On this impactful day, the Deacon Club is aiming to raise money to fund investments in recruiting, training, and educational resources for Wake Forest athletics and its student-athletes.

Click here to learn more about today’s events and how you can support The Deacon Club and Wake Forest Athletics.

Hey Deacs! Welcome back to another article in today’s “Wake Forest Day of Giving” themed series. In this piece, multiple members on the staff have reflected and written about their all-time favorite “Giving Play” in Wake Forest sports history. Whether it’s a memorable touchdown pass or game-changing assist in basketball, be sure to check out some of our favorite plays and share your own all-time Wake Forest “giving” play in the comments section below.

2007 FedEx Orange Bowl: Louisville v Wake Forest Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images

What is your All-Time favorite Pass, Assist, or Giving Play in Wake Forest Sports History?


Wolford to Serigne, 41 Yard TD Pass, Military Bowl 2016

This is one of my favorite Wake Forest plays of the last decade, and yet I feel like it rarely gets remembered when looking back on Wake Football’s progress over the last few years. The game has Temple up 7-0 after a quick TD less than 2 minutes after kickoff. The Owls’ score yields a sense of anxiousness on the Black and Gold side of the stadium, with Deacon fans wondering how does a 6-6 Wake team stack up against a conference champion and ranked opponent. There’s no way we waited 5 long bowl-less seasons to be run off the field by Temple right? The Deacs needed just one big play to settle the nerves, establish themselves in the game, and let everyone in the stadium know that this Wake team was ready to compete.

Wolford. Serigne. Tie ballgame.

The play was a key moment in Wake’s 1st Bowl victory in eight years. It also was the beginning of John Wolford’s emergence as his excellent 1st half performance hinted at what was to come in his 2017 #WhyNotJohn campaign. While the pass might not be the 1st clip on the all-time highlight reel, you could argue few have been bigger in this new era of Wake Football.


Harvey Hale to LD Williams, Alley-oop vs. Georgia Tech, 2007

This freaking dunk. I can’t even tell you what this dunk meant to me. Was it a game winner, or against a huge opponent? No, but this was in the early days of my sports fandom and was one of the first plays that made me lose my freaking mind in a positive way about sports. The crowd noise (in pro wrestling terms, it’s called a “pop”) that you hear in the YouTube video doesn’t do it justice. It was absolutely deafening. LD replicated that dunk in the future (once with Ish vs. Duke) but I’d swear that pop wasn’t as loud as The Oop, which is the first dunk in this video.


LD Williams to James Johnson, Game-winning layup vs. #1 Duke, 2009

This was probably the best basketball game I have ever been to. LD looks off the defense and drops a perfect bounce pass to James Johnson cutting to the lane on the baseline out of bounds play. Johnson takes it up strong for the go ahead layup with .8 remaining. The #4 ranked Deacs taking down the #1 Blue Devils on my birthday is something I’ll always remember.


Riley Skinner to Willie Idlette, Pass to set up the go-ahead field goal by Sam Swank, ACC Championship Game 2006

True freshman quarterback Riley Skinner completed a deep 45 yard pass to Willie Idlette to set up a field goal by Sam Swank to give the Deacs a 9-6 lead and their first ACC Football Championship since 1970. This capped off a season in which the Deacs were the first team ever to go undefeated on the road in the ACC (including a 30-0 beatdown of Florida State) and Head Coach Jim Grobe was named the National Coach of the Year. Grobe’s Deacons finished off the best season in Wake Forest history, and Grobe expanded his legacy as the best coach in Wake Forest football history. This ushered in a new era of success for Wake Forest football.

The pass happens at 5:25 in the highlight video, but it would be fun to rewatch the Deacs’ entire championship performance.


Wolford to Serigne, 41 Yard TD Pass, Military Bowl 2016

Wolford didn’t finish the game, but started it with a bang. A 6-6 team, Wake wanted to come out and start fast. After starting off 4-0, including wins against Duke and Indiana, the Demon Deacons ended the season 2-6 including losses to Army and Boston College. The bowl game didn’t start well either, as Temple scored very early, forcing the Deacs to come back. The 2016 bowl game validated the new era of success for Dave Clawson and Co. and hopefully we will continue to see years of success.

As mentioned earlier, this article is in honor of the 1st ever Deacs Day of Giving, where the Deacon Club is hoping to raise funds for impactful investments in Wake Forest athletics and our student-athletes. See below for a video on today’s events and click here to check out the official Deacs Day of Giving site.