Thursday, October 26, 2017

Wake Forest returns home for the first time in almost a full month to take on Louisville on Saturday, Oct. 28 as part of Family Weekend. Kickoff is set for 12:20 p.m. and will be broadcast on the ACC Network, which includes FOX in Winston-Salem. Evan Lepler, Takeo Spikes and Amanda Kuhl will have the call of Saturday’s game. Saturday’s game can also be heard on the Wake Forest Sports Network. Stan Cotton and Lary Sorensen have the call with Dave Goren reporting from the sidelines.

WFU Head Coach Dave Clawson
Wake Forest dropped to 4-3 (1-3 ACC) with a 38-24 defeat at Georgia Tech on Saturday, Oct. 21 in the teams' first meeting since 2010. John Wolford returned to action and threw for 252 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the losing effort while Greg Dortch had a career-high 125 receiving yards. The Deacs’ defense was led by Grant Dawson with a career-high 14 tackles while Duke Ejiofor accounted for 2.5 sacks. The defense averages 9.0 tackles for loss per game this season, first nationally.

Louisville improved to 5-3 overall and 2-3 in the ACC with a 31-28 victory over Florida State. The Cardinals kicked a game-winning field goal as time expired to defeat the Seminoles in Tallahassee. Bobby Petrino is in his eighth season at the helm of the Cardinals, leading the team to a 72-25 record during his time at Louisville. Louisville leads the all-time series, 4-0. The two teams have met in each of the last three seasons since the Cardinals joined the ACC. The only other meeting between the two teams came in 2007 in the Orange Bowl.

What the Coaches are Saying

Wake Forest coach Dave Clawson
“With Louisville it is another opportunity to win a game against a really good football team. Obviously they have the defending Heisman Trophy winner. They have the No. 1 offense in the ACC. They average 550 yards per game and have the No. 1 scoring offense. Lamar Jackson is an incredibly dynamic player. He is the fastest guy on the field at all times no matter who they play. Some of the things he does are amazing. He throws the ball extremely well and reads coverages well. Bonnafon, the tailback, has really developed into a good back. For a guy who started at quarterback against us three years ago, he is becoming a good running back. He runs well and catches well and can make people miss. They have always had big receivers that can make plays. Their offensive line is big and physical. On defense, they have always had good players. They have a number of guys who are going to play in the NFL. They are probably coming off their best defensive effort. This is ACC football and every week you have to play your best game to have a shot. This week will be another big challenge for us.”
Louisville coach Bobby Petrino
“I think he’s (WFU QB John Wolford) done a nice job of throwing touchdown passes. He’s been accurate on the passes. They do a good job of running the ball. They’re really active on the defensive front. Both defensive ends that we played against last year – both guys do a really good job of rushing the passer and defending the run. They move their inside guys a lot. They’re very experienced at linebacker. They’re guys we’ve played against for a number of years, so they’ve defended people well. People haven’t scored a lot of points on them. I think it’s going to be up to us to mix it up and be able to run it and throw it.”

Game Info

Wake Forest Demon Deacons (4-3, 1-3) vs. Louisville Cardinals (5-3, 2-3)
BB&T Field, Winston-Salem, NC
Kickoff: 12:20 pm
TV: ACC Network