WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Christian Beal-Smith ran for two touchdowns while Ja’Sir Taylor scored on a 99-yard kickoff return to help Wake Forest beat Used Dominion 42-10 in Friday evening’s season opener for every teams.
It marked the Monarchs’ return to the discipline after now not taking part in remaining 365 days amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Beal-Smith ran untouched spherical the left conclude and sprinted down the sideline for a 48-yard touchdown within the first quarter to obtain the Demon Deacons on the board. Then, after the Monarchs managed a discipline aim, Taylor came through with his mountainous return that squashed any fleeting momentum for ODU.
Taylor broke through an arm-form out strive and stayed on his toes through a stumble spherical the 20-yard line, then kicked into gear and down the sideline for the 99-yard gain and a 14-3 lead.
It marked excellent the 2nd kickoff return for a touchdown for Wake Forest since 2008 — and it came from a fifth-365 days senior with excellent two punt returns on his resume within the return game.
Sam Hartman also threw for 3 ratings for Wake Forest, with a form of going to Jaquarii Roberson for his fifth consecutive game with a TD.
Used Dominion used to be taking part in its first game since Nov. 30, 2019 and its first game under head coach Ricky Rahne. Rahne, who had beforehand been Penn Negate’s offensive coordinator, took over the program nine days after the Monarchs’ remaining game.
However the Conference USA program canceled all tumble sports remaining season as a result of the pandemic, delaying Rahne’s debut — which used to be scheduled to be at dwelling against Wake Forest remaining 365 days — for more than 640 days.
The Monarchs didn’t obtain to the conclude zone until lifeless, with Hayden Wolff lofting a 9-yard toss to Isaiah Spencer with 2: 27 left.
ODU: The Monarchs had some factual moments on the ground at the support of Elijah Davis (69 yards) and Blake Watson (55). But ODU obtained nothing within the passing game from UCF graduate switch D.J. Mack, who emerged from a three-manner struggle to inaugurate at quarterback. Mack finished 7 of 21 passes for factual 39 yards with two interceptions. Wolff threw for 88 yards on 11-for-17 passing in mop-up accountability.
Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons had a stress-free inaugurate up to their push for a sixth straight bowl game, this one with fans support within the stadium after having restricted-means crowds remaining season amid the pandemic. Wake Forest had offensive balance (184 yards passing, 164 speeding), though the Demon Deacons ended the first half of with Beal-Smith being stuffed on a fourth-down wildcat jump for the conclude zone at the aim line.
ODU: The Monarchs grasp their dwelling opener against Hampton on Sept. 11.
Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons host one more visitor from Virginia on Sept. 11, facing Norfolk Negate.
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