Baylor coach Art Briles claps toward the field during the first half against Wake Forest.
Aug. 28, 2008
WACO, Texas - Five Baylor turnovers led to 21 Wake Forest points as the Bears dropped a 41-13 decision to the 23rd-ranked Demon Deacons at Floyd Casey Stadium. It was the season opener for both teams; Baylor dropped its season opener for the sixth time in the last seven years.
The loss also spoiled the debut of Baylor head coach Art Briles, who became the sixth Bears' coach in the program's last seven to lose his inaugural game with Baylor.
Wake Forest built a 10-0 lead by the end of the first quarter. Sam Swank's 40-yard field goal broke a scoreless tie at the 12:19 mark. Riley Skinner connected with Chip Brinkman on a 12-yard touchdown pass with seven minutes remaining in the quarter.
Brandon Pendergrass plunged into the end zone from three yards out early in the second quarter, pushing the Deacons' lead to 17-0.
Baylor cracked the scoreboard with 2:54 remaining before halftime. Robert Griffin's nifty 22-yard scramble down the left sideline gave the Bears a first down at the Wake Forest 12. On the next play, Jacoby Jones found the end zone for the first rushing touchdown of his career. However, freshman kicker Ben Parks' extra point missed wide right.
Swank added a 42-yard field with 53 seconds remaining in the second quarter, pushing the Deacons' lead to 20-6 at the half.
A pair of third-quarter touchdowns gave Wake Forest a comfortable 34-6 lead. Skinner connected with Brinkman on an eight-yard strike and then hit Ben Wooster on a 43-yard streak for the second score.
Griffin had a five-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter. That was as close as the Bears would get, though. Wake Forest recovered a muffed punt deep in the Bears' territory; three plays later, Josh Adams scored on a four-yard run to cap the scoring.
Kirby Freeman started at quarterback for the Bears and finished 4-of-11 for 31 yards with two interceptions. Griffin, who came into the game on the Bears' fourth series, was 11-of-19 for 125 yards; he also had 29 yards on 11 rushes and one touchdown.
David Gettis led all Baylor receivers with five catches, going for 46 yards.
Joe Pawelek tallied 15 tackles, a career high.