Wake Forest Football: Key takeaways from win over Rice

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NEW ORLEANS, LA – AUGUST 30: Sam Hartman #10 of the Wake Forest Demon Deacons hands the ball to Matt Colburn #22 during the first half against the Tulane Green Wave on August 30, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)

The Wake Forest football team ended their two-game losing streak with a 56-24 victory over Rice. These are the top takeaways for the Demon Deacons in their win over the Owls.

The Wake Forest football team seemed to be losing what was a promising season after two losses to Boston College and Notre Dame and firing their defensive coordinator last weekend.

However, the Demon Deacons responded in a big way as they jumped out to a 42-3 lead by halftime and for the second time this season broke the 50 point mark in a game.

The passing game was very efficient as Sam Hartman went 15 of 17 for 241 yards with four touchdowns. The true freshman was locked in with star receiver Greg Dortch, who for the second time in his collegiate career caught four touchdowns in a game. Dortch completed the feat last year against Louisville, a game he suffered a season-ending injury.

The top storyline from this game though will be the improvement of the Demon Deacons defense. Head coach Dave Clawson elected not to name a replacement for the departed Jay Swivel but that didn’t matter. This group held the Owls to only 127 yards in the first half and a lone field goal in the second quarter.

These are the top takeaways for the Wake Forest football team against the Rice Owls.

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