WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — In consecutive weeks, Wake Forest Football had opportunities to fill BB&T Field and showcase the strides it’s made to a national TV audience.
Safe to say, it hasn’t gone according to plan. Mother Nature intervened last week, sending Hurricane Florence crashing into the Carolinas, forcing the Deacs to move up the kickoff time against Boston College. The looming hurricane threat obviously inhibited attendance, leading to a half-full stadium and ultimately a touchdown loss to the Eagles.
It was a different juggernaut Saturday, as the Notre Dame Fighting Irish steamrolled through a virtually non-existent Wake Forest defense en route to a 56-27 victory in front of an announced crowd of 31,092 at BB&T Field. It didn’t even feel that close. The Deacs were outplayed on offense, defense and special teams, putting together the worst performance of the early season to fall to 2-2 overall.
The offensive line didn’t give Wake quarterback Sam Hartman time in the pocket, Hartman wasn’t particularly accurate, the Wake defensive line wasn’t disruptive, the secondary allowed big plays and Wake kicker Nick Scuba missed three-of-five attempts — becoming an internet sensation for all the wrong reasons by not taking the field with his unit for the first attempt, which was clanked off the left upright. It wasn’t a good day for the Old Gold & Black Saturday.
Here’s 10 things we learned from the loss Saturday: