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Surging Wake Forest wallops Utah State to improve to 3-0

Wake Forest's Demetrius Kemp (34), Grant Dawson (50) and Jaboree Williams celebrate a safety against Utah State during the first half Saturday in Winston-Salem.
Wake Forest's Demetrius Kemp (34), Grant Dawson (50) and Jaboree Williams celebrate a safety against Utah State during the first half Saturday in Winston-Salem. AP

Wake Forest continued its onslaught on its offensive record book in a 46-10 victory against Utah State on Saturday at BB&T Field, reaching 3-0 for the second straight season — the first time that’s happened since 1946-47.

The Deacons amassed 588 yards of offense, the fifth-best total in program history. They had 542 by the end of the third quarter, when the score was 46-10.

There was barely a moment when Wake Forest didn’t have momentum against the Aggies (1-2), scoring two touchdowns in the first 3½ minutes and jumping out to a 29-0 halftime lead. Utah State had 77 yards of offense in the first half.

Safety Cameron Glenn cut underneath a route to the sideline and grabbed an interception on the fifth play of the game, returning it 44 yards for a touchdown. That, however, was called back for an illegal hit on quarterback Kent Myers.

The Deacons didn’t have to wait long to put those points back on the board, with John Wolford hitting Greg Dortch in stride on a slant for a 43-yard touchdown on Wake Forest’s first offensive snap. Less than two minutes later, Wolford hit senior tight end Cam Serigne down the seam for a 45-yard touchdown.

Redshirt freshman running back Arkeem Byrd struck for a 59-yard touchdown run on a third-and-1 with about five minutes left in the first half. A couple of Mike Weaver field goals from 31 and 30 yards, plus a safety when Grant Dawson and Carlos Basham, Jr. combined to stuff a running play, accounted for the rest of the scoring in a dominant first half.

Wake Forest’s first score of the second half came after Jessie Bates III returned a pooch punt 75 yards, setting up Matt Colburn’s 1-yard touchdown run. The Deacons’ shutout evaporated on the next possession, but Wake Forest responded with a four-play, 92-yard drive that ended with Wolford’s 18-yard touchdown run — his last play of the game.

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