Building on the momentum of giving up 58 points last Saturday against North Carolina and 56 to Army two weeks before, the Wake Forest defense now has its sights on bigger and more historic defensive record-breaking performances.
The stout defensive squad now has its sights in giving up, over the course of an entire college football season, the most points per game — 53 — since college began 151 years ago.
Throughout this week in preparation for the massive match-up with NC State with the ACC championship opportunities at stake, the Wake Forest defense has run the numbers, based on their astronomical defensive stats so far, and figured out how to achieve this historic feat.
They’ll have to give up 83 points to NC State, which seems well within their grasp given how ridiculously easily UNC and Army scored on them. Then they’ll need to give up 92 points to Clemson, which also seems highly doable given Clemson is very talented and always smokes Wake Forest in football.
And then for the grand finale, the Wake Forest defense will need to let Boston College score 103 points on them.
“I think we’ve proven we have the capacity and wherewithal to give up the points we need to break the all-time record for horrendously inept defense,” said head coach Dave Crab Claw. “Heck, everybody who saw our defense get destroyed against Army and UNC knows just how easily we can allow teams to score touchdowns. Our unique selling point as a football program is giving up touchdowns faster and easier than any other defense in college football. It differentiates us. It’s how we stand out the best and we want to be the all-time worst defense anyone has ever seen.”
To prepare to give up 83 on Saturday against NC State, at practice this week Wake’s defensive unit is continuing to use the half-hearted arm tackling technique that enabled UNC’s Sam Howell to break 58 tackles, score 2 touchdowns, and rush for over 600 yards – in a single game.
“We’re great at not getting guys to the ground and just letting them stay on their feet, bounce off us, and scamper all the way down the field for insanely easy touchdowns as if we’re not even on the field,” said Clawson. “The big challenge will be to make sure we get enough three and outs on offense to give the ball to State enough times that they can get 83. I’m confident that if we remained disciplined in our approach we can hit that 83 milestones and probably even exceed it.”
To be continued…
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