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Wake Forest Demon Deacons vs. Virginia Tech Hokies Preview and Predictions 11-09-2019


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.

EXTRA POINTS

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.

Prediction

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Stadium

Lane Stadium
Blacksburg, Virginia, USA.
Capacity: 66,233

Last Injuries

Virginia Tech Hokies

  • Hendon Hooker

    Knee
    Prob 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.

  • Jermaine Waller

    Disciplinary
    Ques 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.

  • Keshawn King

    Undisclosed
    Prob 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.

  • T.J. Jackson

    Foot
    Ques 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.

  • Tre Turner

    Lower Body
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Turner is nursing a lower-body injury, and it is undetermined if he will be active Saturday versus Wake Forest.

  • Caleb Farley

    Head
    Prob Sat | probable

    Farley left the last game with a head injury, but is likely that he will line up versus Notre Dame on Saturday.

  • Dashawn Crawford

    Ankle
    Prob Sat | probable

    Crawford is sidelined with a high-ankle sprain but is projected to return Saturday against Notre Dame.

Wake Forest Demon Deacons

  • Sage Surratt

    Shoulder
    out for season | out

    Surratt will miss the remainder of the season due to a shoulder injury.

  • Scotty Washington

    Undisclosed
    Out Sat | out

    Washington missed the last game due to an unspecified injury, and he will not face Clemson on Saturday.

  • Christian Beal-Smith

    Ankle
    Ques 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.

  • Nathan Gilliam

    Foot
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Gilliam has a foot injury, and it is unknown if he will play against Virginia Tech on Saturday.

virginia-tech-hokies Stats 2019-2020

Passing
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Ryan Willis 3 0 144.975 0 96 62 4 0 0 7 739
Russing
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Keshawn King 3 0 175 0 28 1
Deshawn McClease 3 0 120 0 41 0
Tre Turner 3 0 75 0 6 1
Ryan Willis 3 0 42 0 31 1
Tayvion Robinson 3 0 24 0 2 0
Receiving
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Tayvion Robinson 3 0 165 0 14 0 1
Hezekiah Grimsley 3 0 143 0 6 0 2
Tre Turner 3 0 138 0 12 0 1
Kaleb Smith 3 0 116 0 8 0 1
James Mitchell 3 0 52 0 5 0 1
Defense
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Chamarri Conner 3 0 14 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 11 3
Rayshard Ashby 3 0 12 15 0 0 0 0 1 2 8 5
Jermaine Waller 3 0 11 4 0 0 1 0 0 1 12 1
Divine Deablo 3 0 9 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Reggie Floyd 3 0 8 10 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
Kicking
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Brian Johnson 3 0 2 4 35 11 11
Kick Returning
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Tayvion Robinson 3 0 3 0 29 64
Terius Wheatley 2 0 3 0 71 103
Deshawn McClease 3 0 1 0 18 18
Fumbles
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Deshawn McClease 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Ryan Willis 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Punting
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Hezekiah Grimsley 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
James Mitchell 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Kaleb Smith 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Keshawn King 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Oscar Bradburn 3 0 0 651 0 69 13 0 0
Punt Returning
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Hezekiah Grimsley 3 0 3 0 7 10
Dashawn Crawford 3 0 1 0 1 1