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Deacons snag third straight, Tar Heels tell their side of the story and quarterback gives kudos
Tuesday, Nov 13, 2001
By Staff    


CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (BP)--A week after defeating Virginia 34-30, Wake Forest clinched its third straight Atlantic Coast Conference road win with a come-from-behind (way behind: 24-0) 32-31 victory over North Carolina. Some are calling the Nov. 10 victory one of the greatest wins ever for Wake Forest football.

Odds and Ends

-- Saturday’s win over the Tar Heels was even sweeter for Wake Forest considering that North Carolina is Wake’s oldest rival. The game marked the 98th meeting between the two teams. The Tar Heels still lead the series 65-31-2, having won 10 out of the last 12 meetings. The Nov. 10 meeting was the closest game in the series since a 14-13 Wake win in 1970.

-- Fans have received their money’s worth at Deacon football games this season. Seven of Wake Forest’s nine games this season have been decided by seven points or less, including six of seven ACC games. The Deacons downed East Carolina 21-19 and Duke 42-35, while falling to Maryland 27-20, North Carolina State 17-14 and Clemson 21-14.

-- With his 51-yard punt in the second quarter, walk-on punter Chris Rolle booted a career-long punt for the third straight week. The kick surpassed his previous record of 48 yards against Virginia, which exceeded his 47-yarder the week before against Clemson.

A Few Words From The Other Side

“It’s tough to face,” said North Carolina senior linebacker Quincy Monk. “We just fell apart and guys got complacent. This is the second week in a row that the defense didn’t play well. This one hurts really bad.”

“It was the little stuff that really killed us like not getting the ball carrier down and not going to our assignments,” North Carolina senior linebacker Merceda Perry said. “Guys didn’t expect this to happen, I didn’t expect this to happen, guys on the sideline didn’t expect this to happen. We just let it slip away.”

“It was a gut check,” said North Carolina senior defensive tackle Ryan Sims. “I thought last week [after the Georgia Tech loss] it would shake a lot of guys up, but obviously it didn’t …It’s devastating. It’s a tragedy. I can’t believe it right now.”

A Confident Grobe

“We stirred [the players] up a little bit [at halftime],” said Wake Forest head coach Jim Grobe. “We talked to them and said our performance wasn’t acceptable.”

“It didn’t feel very good [to be] down 24-0,” said Grobe. “But we knew we had a half of football left. As a coaching staff, we felt if we could get it back to 24-14, just to where we had a little bit of hope, maybe the ball would bounce the right way a couple of times and we could really make a run at it. As it turned out, that’s exactly what happened.”

“We [the coaches] were thinking [during the second half], ‘We have enough time to make this thing happen,’” Grobe said.

“You could feel the electricity on the sideline when it got down to ten points."

Kudos To The Cast

“I can’t even say enough about the guys on this team,” said Demon Deacon quarterback James MacPherson, who scored his first career rushing touchdown on a one-yard keeper in the fourth quarter. “We just kept it together and kept our composure.”

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