Missing three weeks with a left shoulder injury didn't seem to bother Wake Forest quarterback Jamie Newman in the least. The junior accounted for three touchdowns in the first quarter of a 44-10 rout over North Carolina State last week and looks to continue the 20th-ranked Demon Deacons' magical season when they visit Virginia Tech on Saturday in an Atlantic Coast Conference matchup.
Newman completed 25-of-38 passes for 287 yards and three touchdowns and ran for two more in becoming the first Deacons quarterback to surpass 2,000 yards passing in the first seven games of his career. "It honestly didn't feel different because I am always mentally prepared to help even when you're not there physically," Newman said afterward. "Like the Florida State game (a 22-20 win), I still felt prepared like I was going to play that Saturday." Wake Forest is 7-1 for the third time in school history and the first time since the team won a school-record 11 games and went to the Orange Bowl in 2006. Virginia Tech allowed an 87-yard, 18-play touchdown drive in the fourth quarter and fell to No. 15 Notre Dame 21-20 last weekend, snapping its three-game winning streak.
TV: 3:30 pm ET, ESPN2. LINE: Wake Forest -2.
ABOUT WAKE FOREST (7-1, 3-1 ACC): Tight end Jack Freudenthal caught all three of Newman's touchdown passes, finishing with four catches for 16 yards while Kendall Hinton recorded 93 yards receiving on six receptions. Cornerback Amari Henderson snagged two interceptions, led the team with six tackles, had four pass breakups and a tackle for loss. The 34-point win marked the largest margin of victory against an ACC opponent in BB&T Field; the previous record was set in a 31-0 victory against North Carolina on October 26, 2002.
ABOUT VIRGINIA TECH (5-3, 2-2): Making the first start of his career in place of injured Hendon Hooker, redshirt freshman Quincy Patterson completed just 9-of-28 passes for 139 yards with a touchdown and an interception; he rushed for 77 yards on 19 carries for an offense that amassed just 240 yards. "I thought he handled the environment well," Hokies coach Justin Fuente said. "I'm going to have to look at (the tape), but we didn't make a lot of plays in the passing game, and we didn't create a lot of separation out there either. We tried to hang in there and give ourselves a chance." Linebacker Rayshard Ashby had 13 tackles to lead the team in stops for the sixth time this season and forced a fumble, while safety Divine Deablo scored on a 98-yard fumble return with nine seconds left in the first half and added an interception in the third quarter.
1. Virginia Tech is 4-1 against Wake Forest since joining the ACC but lost the last meeting between the two programs - a 6-3 double-overtime affair in Winston-Salem in 2014.
2. Patterson threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Damon Hazelton, his sixth TD catch of the season and third straight game with a score.
3. Virginia Tech has used three starting QBs this season for the first time since 1998 (Al Clark, Dave Meyer, Nick Sorensen). Ryan Willis and Hooker have also started games this season.
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Key Players to Watch
Virginia Tech Hokies
- KneeProb Sat | probable
Hooker missed the previous game with a left knee injury, but it is not likely to impede his status for Saturday's tilt versus Wake Forest.
- DisciplinaryQues Sat | questionable
Waller was ejected from the last game for targeting, and he will be suspended for the first half of Saturday's contest against Wake Forest. It is unknown if he will play in the second half.
- UndisclosedProb Sat | probable
King sat out the last game due to an unspecified injury, but it is likely that he will take the field versus Wake Forest on Saturday.
- FootQues Sat | questionable
Jackson has a foot injury and did not play in the last game. It is uncertain if he will be available against Wake Forest on Saturday.
- Lower BodyQues Sat | questionable
Turner is nursing a lower-body injury, and it is undetermined if he will be active Saturday versus Wake Forest.
- HeadProb Sat | probable
Farley left the last game with a head injury, but is likely that he will line up versus Notre Dame on Saturday.
- AnkleProb Sat | probable
Crawford is sidelined with a high-ankle sprain but is projected to return Saturday against Notre Dame.
Wake Forest Demon Deacons
- Shoulderout for season | out
Surratt will miss the remainder of the season due to a shoulder injury.
- UndisclosedOut Sat | out
Washington missed the last game due to an unspecified injury, and he will not face Clemson on Saturday.
- AnkleQues Sat | questionable
Beal-Smith missed the last game with ankle injury, and it is unclear if he will be available for Saturday's contest against Virginia Tech.
- FootQues Sat | questionable
Gilliam has a foot injury, and it is unknown if he will play against Virginia Tech on Saturday.
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