GREENVILLE, North Carolina (Ticker) -- Behind a career
performance by Cory Randolph, Wake Forest rebounded nicely from
a difficult loss in its season opener.
Randolph threw for a career-high 342 yards and two touchdowns as
the Demon Deacons rolled to a 31-17 victory over instrastate
foe East Carolina.
After the Pirates got a field goal on their first possession of
the second half to cut the deficit to 10-3, Randolph took over.
He connected with Nate Morton on a 63-yard touchdown pass on
the ensuing drive to rebuild the margin to 14 points.
Following a punt by East Carolina, Randolph engineered a 72-yard
drive, culminating in a 35-yard scoring strike to Chris Davis
that made it 24-3 with 10:30 left in the third quarter.
Randolph had 27 of his career-high 94 rushing yards during the
A pair of touchdowns for the Pirates tightened things up before
Randolph used his legs to put away the game. He capped a
nine-play drive with an 18-yard touchdown run to finish the
scoring early in the fourth quarter.
The Demon Deacons, who dropped a 37-30 double-overtime affair to
Clemson a week ago, have scored in all eight quarters of
regulation this year.
Morton hauled in five catches for 141 yards, the first time he
has gone over the 100-yard mark.
James Pinkney completed 20-of-37 passes for 236 yards and one
touchdown but threw interceptions on East Carolina's first two
possessions, the second leading to a touchdown for Wake Forest.
Bobby Good had 125 yards receiving and scored once for the
Pirates (0-2), who have allowed 720 rushing yards in their first