2016 Wake Forest Demon Deacons football team

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2016 Wake Forest Demon Deacons football
Wake Forest University Athletic logo.svg
Military Bowl champion
Military Bowl, W 34–26 vs. Temple
Conference Atlantic Coast Conference
Division Atlantic Division
2016 record 7–6 (3–5 ACC)
Head coach Dave Clawson (3rd season)
Offensive coordinator Warren Ruggiero (3rd season)
Defensive coordinator Mike Elko (3rd season)
Home stadium BB&T Field
(Capacity: 31,500, FieldTurf)
Seasons
← 2015
2017 →
2016 ACC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Atlantic Division
No. 1 Clemson xy$#   7 1         14 1  
No. 21 Louisville x   7 1         9 4  
No. 8 Florida State   5 3         10 3  
NC State   3 5         7 6  
Wake Forest   3 5         7 6  
Boston College   2 6         7 6  
Syracuse   2 6         4 8  
Coastal Division
No. 16 Virginia Tech xy   6 2         10 4  
North Carolina   5 3         8 5  
No. 20 Miami   5 3         9 4  
Pittsburgh   5 3         8 5  
Georgia Tech   4 4         9 4  
Duke   1 7         4 8  
Virginia   1 7         2 10  
Championship: Clemson 42, Virginia Tech 35
  • # – College Football Playoff champion
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2016 Wake Forest Demon Deacons football team represented Wake Forest University during the 2016 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The team was coached by Dave Clawson, who was in his third season at the school, and played its home games at BB&T Field. Wake Forest competeed in the Atlantic Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference, as they have since the league's inception in 1953, they finished the season 7–6, 3–5 in ACC play to finish in a tie for fourth place in the Atlantic Division. They were invited to the Military Bowl where they defeated Temple.

When Wake Forest lost to Louisville on November 12, Dave Clawson alleged that Louisville had received impermissible information that benefited the Cardinals on the football field.[1] On December 14, 2016, after a month long probe, several media outlets reported that former Wake Forest staff member and IMG College radio analyst Tommy Elrod had been dismissed from the program for leaking confidential and proprietary game preparations on multiple occasions.[2]

Recruiting[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent Site TV Result Attendance
September 1 7:00 p.m. Tulane* BB&T FieldWinston-Salem, NC ACCN+ W 7–3   24,398
September 10 3:30 p.m. at Duke Wallace Wade StadiumDurham, NC (Tobacco Road) ESPNU W 24–14   21,077
September 17 6:30 p.m. Delaware* BB&T Field • Winston-Salem, NC ACCN+ W 38–21   25,972
September 24 3:30 p.m. at Indiana* Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN BTN W 33–28   45,519
October 1 3:30 p.m. at NC State Carter–Finley StadiumRaleigh, NC (Tobacco Road/Rivalry) ACCRSN L 16–33   58,200
October 8 7:00 p.m. Syracuse BB&T Field • Winston-Salem, NC ACCRSN W 28–9   25,162
October 15 3:30 p.m. at No. 14 Florida State Doak Campbell StadiumTallahassee, FL ESPN L 6–17   77,102
October 29 3:30 p.m. Army*dagger BB&T Field • Winston-Salem, NC ACCRSN L 13–21   27,938
November 5 3:00 p.m. Virginia BB&T Field • Winston-Salem, NC ACCRSN W 27–20   25,334
November 12 7:00 p.m. at No. 5 Louisville Papa John's Cardinal StadiumLouisville, KY ESPN2 L 12–44   51,218
November 19 7:00 p.m. No. 5 Clemson BB&T Field • Winston-Salem, NC ESPN L 13–35   31,152
November 26 3:00 p.m. Boston College BB&T Field • Winston-Salem, NC ACCRSN L 14–17   24,866
December 27 3:30 p.m. vs. No. 23 Temple Navy–Marine Corps Memorial StadiumAnnapolis, MD (Military Bowl) ESPN W 34–26   26,656
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.
Schedule Source:[3]

Coaching staff and Roster[edit]

Coaching Staff[edit]

Position Name First year at WFU
Head Coach Dave Clawson 2014
Defensive Coordinator / Safeties Mike Elko 2014
Asst Head Coach / Receivers Kevin Higgins 2014
Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks Warren Ruggiero 2014
Special Teams Coordinator / Tight Ends Adam Scheier 2014
Defensive Line Dave Cohen 2014
Running Backs John Hunter 2014
Cornerbacks Derrick Jackson 2012
Offensive Line Nick Tabacca 2014
Source:[4]

Game summaries[edit]

Tulane[edit]

3rd meeting. 0–2 all time. Last meeting 1995, 35–9 Green Wave in New Orleans.[5]

Week One: Tulane Green Wave at Wake Forest Demon Deacons – Game summary[6]
1 2 34Total
Green Wave 3 0 003
Demon Deacons 0 7 007

at BB&T Field, Winston–Salem, NC

  • Date: September 1
  • Game time: 7:00 PM EST
  • Game weather: 72° F • N 2 • Cloudy, some rain
  • Game attendance: 24,398
  • Referee: David Epperley
  • TV announcers (ESPN3): Play-by-Play: Taylor Zauzour • Color Analyst: Al Groh
  • Final Stats
Game information

@ Duke[edit]

97th meeting. 37–57–2 all time. Last meeting 2015, 27–21 Blue Devils in Winston–Salem.[5]

Week Two: Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Duke Blue Devils – Game summary[6]
1 2 34Total
Demon Deacons 0 7 14324
Blue Devils 7 0 7014

at Wallace Wade Stadium, Durham, NC

Game information

Delaware[edit]

2nd meeting. 1–0 all time. Last meeting 1932, 7–0 Demon Deacons in Newark.[5]

Week Three: Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens at Wake Forest Demon Deacons – Game summary[6]
1 2 34Total
Fightin' Blue Hens 7 7 0721
Demon Deacons 10 14 14038

at BB&T Field, Winston-Salem, NC

  • Date: September 17
  • Game time: 6:30 PM EST
  • Game weather: 82° F • N 1 • Clear
  • Game attendance: 25,972
  • Referee: Jerry Magallanes
  • TV announcers (ESPN3): Play-by-Play: Dave Weekley • Color Analyst: Tom O’Brien
  • Final Stats
Game information

@ Indiana[edit]

2nd meeting. 0–1 all time. Last meeting 2015, 31–24 Hoosiers in Winston–Salem.[5]

Week Four: Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Indiana Hoosiers – Game summary[6]
1 2 34Total
Demon Deacons 7 14 6633
Hoosiers 7 0 14728

at Memorial Stadium, Bloomington, IN

  • Date: September 24
  • Game time: 3:30 PM EST
  • Game weather: 85° F • N–NE 5 • Fair
  • Game attendance: 45,519
  • Referee: Don Willard
  • TV announcers (BTN): Play-by-Play: Joe BeninatiColor Analyst: J Leman
  • Final Stats
Game information

@ NC State[edit]

110th meeting. 38–65–6 all time. Last meeting 2015, 35–17 Wolfpack in Winston–Salem.[5]

Week Five: Wake Forest Demon Deacons at NC State Wolfpack – Game summary[6]
1 2 34Total
Demon Deacons 0 9 7016
Wolfpack 17 6 3733

at Carter–Finley Stadium, Raleigh, NC

  • Date: October 1
  • Game time: 3:30 PM EST
  • Game weather: 83° F • SSW 9 • Mostly cloudy
  • Game attendance: 58,200
  • Referee: Duane Heydt
  • TV announcers (ACCRSN): Play-by-Play: Wes DurhamColor Analyst: James Bates • Sideline: Lyndsay Rowley
  • Final Stats
Game information

Syracuse[edit]

6th meeting. 1–4 all time. Last meeting 2015, 30–17 Orange in Syracuse.[5]

Week Six: Syracuse Orange at Wake Forest Demon Deacons – Game summary[6]
1 2 34Total
Orange 2 7 009
Demon Deacons 0 14 01428

at BB&T Field, Winston-Salem, NC

  • Date: October 8
  • Game time: 7:00 PM EST
  • Game weather: 63° F • NW 13 • Rain (Hurr. Matthew)
  • Game attendance: 25,162
  • Referee: Riley Johnson
  • TV announcers (ACCRSN): Play-by-Play: Bob Rathburn • Color Analyst: Takeo SpikesSideline: Kelsey Wingert
  • Final Stats
Game information

@ Florida State[edit]

35th meeting. 6–27–1 all time. Last meeting 2015, 24–16 Seminoles in Winston–Salem.[5]

Week Seven: Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Florida State Seminoles – Game summary[6]
1 2 34Total
Demon Deacons 0 3 306
#14 Seminoles 3 7 7017

at Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, FL

  • Date: October 15
  • Game time: 3:30 PM EST
  • Game weather: 83° F • E 8 • Partly cloudy
  • Game attendance: 77,102
  • Referee: Stuart Mullins
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Play-by-Play: Bob WischusenColor Analyst: Brock HuardSideline: Allison Williams
  • Final Stats
Game information

Army[edit]

16th meeting. 11–4 all time. Last meeting 2015, 17–14 Demon Deacons in West Point.[5]

Week Nine: Army Black Knights at Wake Forest Demon Deacons – Game summary[6]
1 2 34Total
Black Knights 7 0 01421
Demon Deacons 0 7 3313

at BB&T Field, Winston-Salem, NC

  • Date: October 29
  • Game time: 3:00 PM EST
  • Game weather: 76° F • SW 4 • Clear
  • Game attendance: 27,948
  • Referee: David Epperley
  • TV announcers (ACCRSN): Play-by-Play: James Bates • Color Analyst: Takeo Spikes • Sideline: Kelsey Wingert
  • Final Stats
Game information

Virginia[edit]

49th meeting. 14–34 all time. Last meeting 2012, 16–10 Demon Deacons in Charlottesville.[5]

Week Ten: Virginia Cavaliers at Wake Forest Demon Deacons – Game summary[6]
1 2 34Total
Cavaliers 6 0 14020
Demon Deacons 7 10 01027

at BB&T Field, Winston-Salem, NC

  • Date: November 5
  • Game time: 3:00 PM EST
  • Game weather: 63° F • WNW 4 • Sunny
  • Game attendance: 25,334
  • Referee: Riley Johnson
  • TV announcers (ACCRSN): Play-by-Play: Wes Durham • Color Analyst: James Bates • Sideline: Niki Noto
  • Final Stats
Game information

@ Louisville[edit]

4th meeting. 0–3 all time. Last meeting 2015, 20–19 Cardinals in Winston–Salem.[5]

Week Eleven: Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Louisville Cardinals – Game summary[6]
1 2 34Total
Demon Deacons 6 6 0012
#5 Cardinals 0 3 73444

at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium, Louisville, KY

  • Date: November 12
  • Game time: 7:00 PM EST
  • Game weather: 48° F • ENE 3 • Clear
  • Game attendance: 51,218
  • Referee: J. Maconaghy
  • TV announcers (ESPN2): Play-by-Play: Jason BenettiColor Analyst: Kelly StoufferSideline: Paul Carcaterra
  • Final Stats
Game information

Clemson[edit]

82nd meeting. 17–63–1 all time. Last meeting 2015, 33–13 Tigers in Clemson.[5]

Week Twelve: Clemson Tigers at Wake Forest Demon Deacons – Game summary[6]
1 2 34Total
#5 Tigers 21 7 0735
Demon Deacons 0 10 3013

at BB&T Field, Winston-Salem, NC

  • Date: November 19
  • Game time: 7:00 PM EST
  • Game weather: 44° F • NW 16 • Clear
  • Game attendance: 31,512
  • Referee: Jeff Flanagan
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Play-by-Play: Bob Wischusen • Color Analyst: Brock Huard • Sideline: Allison Williams
  • Final Stats
Game information

Boston College[edit]

24th meeting. 9–12–2 all time. Last meeting 2015, 3–0 Demon Deacons in Chestnut Hill.[5]

Week Thirteen: Boston College Eagles at Wake Forest Demon Deacons – Game summary[6]
1 2 34Total
Eagles 10 0 0717
Demon Deacons 0 0 14014

at BB&T Field, Winston-Salem, NC

  • Date: November 26
  • Game time: 3:00 PM EST
  • Game weather: 52° F • WNW 12 • Clear
  • Game attendance: 24,866
  • Referee: David Epperley
  • TV announcers (ACCRSN): Play-by-Play: Bob Wischusen • Color Analyst: Brock Huard • Sideline: Allison Williams
  • Final Stats
Game information

vs. Temple – Military Bowl[edit]

2nd meeting. 0–1 all time. Last meeting 1930, 36–0 Owls in Philadelphia.[5]

Military Bowl: Wake Forest Demon Deacons vs. Temple Owls – Game summary[6]
1 2 34Total
#23 Owls 7 3 10626
Demon Deacons 14 17 0334

at Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, MD

  • Date: December 27
  • Game time: 3:30 PM EST
  • Game weather: 63° F • W 5–10 • Partly cloudy
  • Game attendance: 26,656
  • Referee: Kevin Stine
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Play-by-Play: Jason Benetti • Color Analyst: Kelly Stouffer • Sideline: Paul Carcaterra
  • Final Stats
Game information


References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wake Forest investigates whether plays leaked to or stolen by Louisville". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2016-12-14. 
  2. ^ "Wake Forest fires radio analyst Tommy Elrod for attempting to leak football game plans". Retrieved 2016-12-14. 
  3. ^ "2016 Wake Forest Demon Deacons Football Schedule". FB Schedules. Retrieved January 26, 2016. 
  4. ^ "2016 Wake Forest Coaching Staff". The Official Site of Wake Forest Demon Deacons. Retrieved January 26, 2016. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Demon Deacon Football Guide: Section 6 - History" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on August 18, 2017. Retrieved August 10, 2017. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "2016 Wake Forest Football Game Notes" (PDF). December 27, 2016. Archived from the original (PDF) on August 10, 2017. Retrieved August 10, 2017.