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Notes: Inside the numbers on Wake

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The Wake Forest football team finishes its three-game homestand to kickoff the 2021 campaign Saturday afternoon against Florida State.

Before the Deacs play their third game of the season and for the 39th matchup against the Seminoles, below are some numbers and notes on the game:

By the Numbers

37.4 – The Demon Deacons forced a zero or negative yardage play in 37.4 percent of their defensive snaps in the first two games of the season.

30 – The Demon Deacons 30 wins since the start of the 2017 season is tied for third among all ACC teams and is the most among all four North Carolina teams.

91.5 – Through two weeks of the season, Zach Tom has been one of the most dominant offensive linemen in the nation. He has a 91.5 season grade which ranks No. 3 amongst all linemen and leads all ACC offensive linemen.

90.3 – Per Pro Football Focus, Caelen Carson is the No. 3-rated cornerback in the nation and No. 1 in the ACC.

6 – Jaquarii Roberson has had six consecutive games with a touchdown, the second-longest streak in program history. He has nine TDs over that period.

16 – The last time Wake Forest played Florida State in 2019, Nick Sciba finished the night with a career-best five field goals and a career-best 16 points.

Explosive start

  • PUTTING UP POINTS: Wake Forest has scored 81 combined points in the first two games of the season, the most since the beginning of the 2017 season (Presbyterian (51) and Boston College (34).
  • OFF AND RUNNING: For the first time in the Clawson era, Wake has rushed for six TDs in the first two games of the season. The last time Wake Forest accomplished this was in 2010 when the Deacons rushed for nine TDs in their first two games.

Climbing the charts

  • MOVING UP: Sam Hartman moved into seventh place on the Wake Forest all-time passing touchdowns list with 37th career touchdown following a 64-yard pass to Jaquarii Roberson to start the third quarter.

Wake Forest All-Time Passing TDs List

1. Riley Skinner (2006-09) 60

2. John Wolford (2014-17) 59

3. Tanner Price (2010-13 52

4. Gary Schofield (1981-83) 44

    Brian Kuklick (1994-98) 44

6. Mike Elkins (1985-88) 43

7. Sam Hartman (2018-Pres.) 37

    Jay Venuto (1979-80) 37

  • SPREADING IT AROUND: In his 21st start, Hartman opened Saturday’s game with seven-consecutive completions, which is the most to begin a game in his career. Additionally, he completed at least one pass to eight different receivers.

Scoring first

  • Since the start of the 2018 season, Wake Forest has been one of the best in all of FBS at finding the scoreboard first. The Deacs have scored first in 27 of their last 37 games or 73 percent: 

Rank        Team         Percentage 

1         Alabama     86%

2         Oklahoma     76%

T3         Iowa         75%

T3         Clemson     75%

5         Wake Forest     73%

Six in a row

  • Redshirt junior wide receiver Jaquarii Roberson became the first Wake Forest player since Sage Surratt to have at least one touchdown reception in six straight games. Surratt, who now plays for the Detroit Lions, set the Wake Forest record during the 2019 season with eight consecutive games with a receiving touchdown while Demon Deacon great Desmond Clark is tied for second with six consecutive games during the 1998 season. Over his last six games, Roberson has a total of nine touchdown receptions, tied for the highest total in a six-game stretch in the Dave Clawson era along with Surratt.

Consecutive Games with Receiving TD (Wake Forest)

1.     Sage Surratt         8

T2.     Jaquarii Roberson     6

T2.     Desmond Clark     6

Kicking into history

  • Nick Sciba is on his way to becoming the most accurate kicker in NCAA history. Through three seasons, he is 59-of-66 (.894), the best mark for any kicker in ACC history (min. 50 attempts). 

NCAA Career Field Goal Percentage (min. 50 attempts) 

  1. Brett Baer (2009-12) – ULL – 90.0 
  2. Alex Henery (2007-10) – NEB – 89.5 
  3. Nick Sciba (2018-present) – WF – 89.4 
  4. Roberto Aguayo (2013-15) – FSU – 88.5 
  5. Chris Manfredini (2003-07) TCU – 87.7