Monday, December 4, 2006

Deacons Greetings From Reggie Claus

ACC Championship Game
Wake Forest 9 Georgia Tech 6

The Wake Forest Demon Deacons won their first conference championship since 1970 and are headed for Miami and the Orange Bowl. The Deacs got three field goals from Game MVP Sam Swank and forced 2 Georgia Tech turnovers on a rainy day in Jacksonville to prevail over favored Georgia Tech. Reggie Ball had an awful game for the second week in a row competing just 9-29 and throwing 2 interceptions. Wake Forest did not turn the ball over once and used a single wing formation for some of the game when their passing game was struggling. But ACC Freshman of the Year Riley Skinner completed the big pass, a 45-yard completion to Willie Idlette setting up the winning field goal.

This game was more about what Georgia Tech did not do than what Wake Forest did do. The Yellow Jackets drove right down the field on their first possession facing just two third downs on the way. However, an errant pass from Reggie Ball to a wide-open Calvin Johnson forced a field goal. During the fourth quarter, Georgia Tech held the ball for just 3:54 electing to run the ball just 2 plays in the final period despite having the ACC’s leading rusher in their backfield. I think some around this program have gotten fed up with the lack of production from the offense despite the talent it has. Some of this blame falls on the coaching and some falls on the players. Wake Forest managed this game very well, took care of the ball, and came out victorious - nothing flashy, but they got the job done.

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