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Skinner shines as Wake Forest trounces Baylor

Aug 29, 2008 - 5:22 AM WACO, Texas (Ticker) -- Riley Skinner did not let Wake Forest get off to another bad start.

Skinner tossed three touchdown passes Thursday night to become the school's all-time winningest quarterback as 23rd-ranked Wake Forest crushed Baylor, 41-13, in its most lopsided season-opening victory in 50 years.

Following an 11-win season capped by an Orange Bowl appearance in 2006, the Demon Deacons lost their first two games last season - all but ending their chances of another BCS bowl berth.

But Skinner got Wake Forest (1-0) off on the right foot in Thursday's prime time contest, completing 27-of-36 passes for 220 yards with no interceptions. The redshirt junior recorded his 19th career win as a starter, passing Mike Elkins for the top spot on Wake Forest's all-time list.

"That's not too impressive of a record," Skinner said. "Hopefully, we can add on to that a little bit more."

Ben Wooster had six catches for 90 yards and a TD for the Demon Deacons, who improved to 4-4 in season openers under head coach Jim Grobe.

The 28-point rout was Wake Forest's largest margin of victory in a season opener since a 34-0 shutout of Maryland to start the 1958 campaign.

"I don't know if I've ever been this nervous about an opening game," Grobe said. "We've always played well as the underdog, but I was really concerned about having that top-25 ranking coming in here."

Tabbed as one of the preseason favorites to contend in the Atlantic Coast Conference and installed as a two-touchdown favorite in this game, Wake Forest looked sluggish early and entered the break with a 20-6 lead.

The Demon Deacons pulled away in the third quarter, however, as Skinner found Chip Brinkman for an 8-yard TD with 7:36 remaining in the period to make it 27-6.

Wake Forest all but sealed the victory 3 1/2 minutes later when Skinner hooked up with Wooster for a 43-yard scoring strike.

A perennial doormat in the Big 12 Conference, Baylor (0-1) looked overmatched against an ACC opponent and lost its 13th straight game against a ranked opponent.

The Bears managed just 250 yards of total offense, committed five turnovers and converted just 2-of-12 third downs in head coach Art Briles' debut at Baylor.

"The thing that's really painful for me is you want to give people a reason to believe," Briles said. "I feel like we let a lot of people down."

The 30,633 people that did show up at Floyd Casey Stadium watched Bears quarterback Kirby Freeman, a Miami transfer, struggle mightily against Wake Forest's ferocious defense.

Freeman completed just 4-of-11 passes and was intercepted twice before being replaced by Robert Griffin.

"We felt like (Freeman) deserved the opportunity, and we gave it to him," Briles said. "I thought (Griffin) provided a spark, which is what he has to do for us."

Griffin completed 11-of-19 passes for 125 yards and also rushed for a 6-yard TD in the fourth quarter.








  • NCAAF FINAL
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    WAKE FOREST (23) 10 10 14 7 41
    BAYLOR 0 6 0 7 13 FINAL
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: WAKE FOREST - FG, SAM SWANK 40 YD, 2:41. WAKE
    FOREST 3-0
    WAKE FOREST - TD, CHIP BRINKMAN 12 YD PASS FROM
    RILEY SKINNER (SAM SWANK
    KICK), 8:00. WAKE FOREST 10-0
    2ND QUARTER: WAKE FOREST - TD, BRANDON PENDERG

    Aug 28 11:27 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD WAKE FOREST
    JOSH ADAMS 4 YD RUN
    (SAM SWANK KICK)
    WAKE FOREST (23) 41
    BAYLOR 13 4:38 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Wake Forest(23) 41, Baylor 13  4th - 4:38Aug 28 11:15 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD BAYLOR
    ROBERT GRIFFIN 6 YD RUN
    (BEN PARKS KICK)
    WAKE FOREST (23) 34
    BAYLOR 13 12:39 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Wake Forest(23) 34, Baylor 13  4th - 12:39Aug 28 10:52 PM


  • NCAAF END, 3RD QTR
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    WAKE FOREST (23) 10 10 14 34
    BAYLOR 0 6 0 6 END, 3RD QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: WAKE FOREST - FG, SAM SWANK 40 YD, 2:41. WAKE
    FOREST 3-0
    WAKE FOREST - TD, CHIP BRINKMAN 12 YD PASS FROM
    RILEY SKINNER (SAM SWANK
    KICK), 8:00. WAKE FOREST 10-0
    2ND QUARTER: WAKE FOREST - TD,

    Aug 28 10:42 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD WAKE FOREST
    BEN WOOSTER 43 YD PASS FROM RILEY SKINNER
    (SAM SWANK KICK)
    WAKE FOREST (23) 34
    BAYLOR 6 3:04 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Wake Forest(23) 34, Baylor 6  3rd - 3:04Aug 28 10:34 PM
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    Wake Forest(23) 20, Baylor 6  3rd - 8:08Aug 28 10:18 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD WAKE FOREST
    CHIP BRINKMAN 8 YD PASS FROM RILEY SKINNER
    (SAM SWANK KICK)
    WAKE FOREST (23) 27
    BAYLOR 6 7:36 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Wake Forest(23) 27, Baylor 6  3rd - 7:36Aug 28 10:18 PM


  • NCAAF HALFTIME
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    WAKE FOREST (23) 10 10 20
    BAYLOR 0 6 6 HALFTIME
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: WAKE FOREST - FG, SAM SWANK 40 YD, 2:41. WAKE
    FOREST 3-0
    WAKE FOREST - TD, CHIP BRINKMAN 12 YD PASS FROM
    RILEY SKINNER (SAM SWANK
    KICK), 8:00. WAKE FOREST 10-0
    2ND QUARTER: WAKE FOREST - TD, BRANDON

    Aug 28 9:41 PM


  • NCAAF
    FG WAKE FOREST
    SAM SWANK 42 YD
    WAKE FOREST (23) 20
    BAYLOR 6 0:53 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Wake Forest(23) 20, Baylor 6  2nd - 0:53Aug 28 9:35 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD BAYLOR
    JACOBY JONES 12 YD RUN
    (PAT FAILED)
    WAKE FOREST (23) 17
    BAYLOR 6 2:54 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Wake Forest(23) 17, Baylor 6  2nd - 2:54Aug 28 9:28 PM
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    Wake Forest(23) 17, Baylor 0  2nd - 6:28Aug 28 9:20 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD WAKE FOREST
    BRANDON PENDERGRASS 3 YD RUN
    (SAM SWANK KICK)
    WAKE FOREST (23) 17
    BAYLOR 0 14:23 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Wake Forest(23) 17, Baylor 0  2nd - 14:23Aug 28 8:53 PM
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    Wake Forest(23) 10, Baylor 0  2nd - 14:55Aug 28 8:48 PM


  • NCAAF END, 1ST QTR
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    WAKE FOREST (23) 10 10
    BAYLOR 0 0 END, 1ST QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: WAKE FOREST - FG, SAM SWANK 40 YD, 2:41. WAKE
    FOREST 3-0
    WAKE FOREST - TD, CHIP BRINKMAN 12 YD PASS FROM
    RILEY SKINNER (SAM SWANK
    KICK), 8:00. WAKE FOREST 10-0

    Aug 28 8:47 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD WAKE FOREST
    CHIP BRINKMAN 12 YD PASS FROM RILEY SKINNER
    (SAM SWANK KICK)
    WAKE FOREST (23) 10
    BAYLOR 0 7:00 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Wake Forest(23) 10, Baylor 0  1st - 7:00Aug 28 8:35 PM


  • NCAAF
    FG WAKE FOREST
    SAM SWANK 40 YD
    WAKE FOREST (23) 3
    BAYLOR 0 12:19 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Wake Forest(23) 3, Baylor 0  1st - 12:19Aug 28 8:18 PM
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    Wake Forest(23) vs. BaylorAug 28 6:24 PM
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    Wake Forest(23) vs. BaylorAug 28 5:29 PM