Blue and Gold Illustrated

Nov. 16, 2015 Issue

Blue & Gold Illustrated: America's Foremost Authority on Notre Dame Football

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GAME PREVIEW: WAKE FOREST BY JORDAN WELLS W ake Forest is making tiny strides in head coach Dave Clawson's second year at the helm. It may not show by season's end in the win-loss column considering the Deacons are 3-6 entering a final stretch that includes Notre Dame, Clemson and Duke. They've had a few bad losses already, including 50-14 to North Carolina and 30-17 to Syracuse, but they've also shown some brief glimpses of hope, like a 24-16 loss to then-No. 11 Florida State Oct. 3. Wake Forest trailed late, but actually outgained the Seminoles 357-329 in total yardage. "The mood among fans is sur- prisingly varied," said Les Johns, publisher of DeaconsIllustrated. com on the Rivals network. "Sensi- cal Wake Forest fans would have looked at this schedule, known it's the second year of Dave Clawson trying to turn the program around and would have seen three to five wins. "Now two-thirds of the way through the season, Wake is sit- On Schedule The rebuilding Demon Deacons begin a challenging season-ending stretch in South Bend Sophomore quarterback John Wolford (above), who has split time under center with freshman Kendall Hinton, has connected on 59.0 percent of his throws for 1,143 yards with seven scores and eight picks while playing in eight of nine games. PHOTO BY BRIAN WESTERHOLT/SPORTS ON FILM

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