Grobe: Last Season's Loss Was 'Embarrassing'
Yes, Wake Forest earned an impressive 30-24 victory over North Carolina State on Saturday. But one thing that caught my eye was that Wake Forest quarterback Riley Skinner was sacked six times in the game. Maryland defensive coordinator Don Brown told me that Wake Forest’s offensive line may be the most experienced in the country, or at least one of the most experienced.
Here is what Wake Forest Coach Jim Grobe said about the sacks: "I think it's a combination of things. Certainly we want our offensive line to play better. I think we need to be a little bit more physical. At times we got pushed around a little bit. I thought the N.C. State defensive line played really well. Their whole front seven is really very special; you have to give them some credit. Also I think there were a couple of times were Riley had some release fouls, he probably held the ball a little too long. A couple of those sacks, Riley could have avoided. I thought overall we've got to play better up front, no question."
Anyone who followed Maryland’s season last year knows that the 26-0 win over Wake Forest was just another ho-hum unpredictable performance in a season chock full of them. Get shut out by Virginia one game, shut out Wake Forest the next game.
"It was embarrassing,” Grobe said of the 26-0 loss. “We had a good win the week before and went up to Maryland and didn't play well. You have to give credit to Maryland, they did some nice things defensively to keep us off balance. They came out and threw the ball well against us early. I thought they did a great job. But at the same time I don't think we played as well. We dropped several possession throws, we didn't block as well as we needed to. Overall we gave them too many plays, too many chances on third down. I thought Maryland played really well, but embarrassed is a good word to use for us."
On being 2-6 against Maryland in the last eight meetings, Grobe said: "They have a good football team, a good football program. I think of all the teams we've played against they've probably done a good a job against us anybody. I don't expect that to change this Saturday. I think we've got a great challenge on our hands. You've got to give them credit."
Grobe also chimed in on the topsy-turvy nature of the ACC. A lot of people like to take shots at the conference, but it is a lot of fun to cover because no one knows who will win each week. Every team has a chance to beat every other team.
"I think what we learned is there's no way to guess what the scenario would be,” Grobe said. “Last week I pointed out to our players that most people thought Clemson would beat Maryland. Most people thought FSU would beat Boston College. Most people thought [North] Carolina would beat Virginia and most people thought N.C. State would be the Deacs. There's no way to guess what's going to happen from week to week and you just have to prepare the players the best you can."
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