Aug 28, 2014; Monroe, LA, USA; Louisiana Monroe Warhawks head coach Todd Berry (left) shakes hands with Wake Forest Demon Deacons head coach Dave Clawson after the game at Malone Stadium. Warhawks defeated the Demon Deacons 17-10. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

Wake Forest Falls at Louisiana Monroe 17-10

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It was a frustrating opener for the Wake Forest Demon Deacons as their offense sputtered to do much of anything with the ball. The defense, at least, held tough until the fourth quarter when they finally gave way to a QB run by Louisiana-Monroe’s quarterback Pete Thomas from nine yards out. That put Louisiana-Monroe up for good in front of a camo-out crowd at Malone Stadium, 17-10.

Play of the Game

Transfer quarterback Pete Thomas had previously started games for Colorado State and North Carolina State before coming to UL-Monroe to finish out his playing career. With 4:22 to go, Thomas showed some niftiness on a quarterback draw play to get in the end zone. That was a bright spot on an otherwise blah night for the Louisiana-Monroe offense.

Were You There When…

Louisiana-Monroe punter Justin Manton drew a roughing penalty. Manton had been blocked on the first punt of the game, resulting in the only Wake Forest touchdown. Wake continued to send the punt block and in the third quarter it looked like they had finally hit Manton. Replay showed that the Wake Forest player never touched Manton, save his towel, and that the roughing call was a fine acting job. Replay was out for much of the game.

Aug 28, 2014; Monroe, LA, USA; Louisiana Monroe Warhawks running back Centarius Donald (5) has the ball knocked out by Wake Forest Demon Deacons safety Ryan Janvion (22) during the second quarter at Malone Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

I Want Him On My Team…

Brandon Chubb, LB, Wake Forest. In the first half, it seemed that Chubb was in on every tackle. On the whole the Wake Forest defense played a good game. They just could not get any help from the offense. I also thought about cornerback Kevin Johnson in this spot, because he seemed to defend every pass thrown in his direction.

Final Thoughts

In the end, Wake could not generate enough offense to win this game. The upside is that was not the fault of freshman quarterback John Wolford. Although Wolford is credited with an interception, it was really a pass that senior receiver Matt James should have caught and deflected out of his hands, off the back of the tackler, and into the mitts of Louisiana Monroe safety Mitch Lane. The offensive line had trouble with the 3-3-5 front of the WarHawks, and that has to get better against better competition.

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