GAMEDAY College Football

Wake Forest 42, Old Dominion 10

By AARON BEARD
AP Sports Writer

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Christian Beal-Smith ran for two touchdowns while Ja'Sir Taylor scored on a 99-yard kickoff return to help Wake Forest beat Old Dominion 42-10 in Friday night's season opener for both teams.

It marked the Monarchs' return to the field after not playing last year amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Beal-Smith ran untouched around the left end and sprinted down the sideline for a 48-yard touchdown in the first quarter to get the Demon Deacons on the board. Then, after the Monarchs managed a field goal, Taylor came through with his huge return that squashed any fleeting momentum for ODU.

Taylor broke through an arm-tackle attempt and stayed on his feet through a stumble around the 20-yard line, then kicked into gear and down the sideline for the 99-yard score and a 14-3 lead.

It marked only the second kickoff return for a touchdown for Wake Forest since 2008 - and it came from a fifth-year senior with only two punt returns on his resume in the return game.

Sam Hartman also threw for three scores for Wake Forest, with one of those going to Jaquarii Roberson for his fifth consecutive game with a TD.

Old Dominion was playing its first game since Nov. 30, 2019 and its first game under head coach Ricky Rahne. Rahne, who had previously been Penn State's offensive coordinator, took over the program nine days after the Monarchs' last game.

But the Conference USA program canceled all fall sports last season due to the pandemic, delaying Rahne's debut - which was scheduled to be at home against Wake Forest last year - for more than 640 days.

The Monarchs didn't get to the end zone until late, with Hayden Wolff lofting a 9-yard toss to Isaiah Spencer with 2:27 left.

Wake Forest athletics press release


Scoring Summary
First Quarter ODUWake
Wake TD 8:57 Christian Beal-Smith 48 yard TD run (Nick Sciba Extra Point) 0 7
ODU FG 0:28 Nick Rice 38 yard field goal 3 7
Wake TD 0:12 Ja'Sir Taylor 99 yard kick return for TD (Nick Sciba Extra Point) 3 14
Second Quarter ODUWake
Wake TD 12:01 A.T. Perry 36 yard TD pass from Sam Hartman (Nick Sciba Extra Point) 3 21
Wake TD 2:45 Jaquarii Roberson 2 yard TD pass from Sam Hartman (Nick Sciba Extra Point) 3 28
Third Quarter ODUWake
Wake TD 8:44 Christian Beal-Smith 1 yard TD run (Nick Sciba Extra Point) 3 35
Fourth Quarter ODUWake
Wake TD 12:50 Ke'Shawn Williams 4 yard TD pass from Sam Hartman (Nick Sciba Extra Point) 3 42
ODU TD 2:27 Isaiah Spencer 9 yard TD pass from Hayden Wolff (Nick Rice Extra Point) 10 42
Team Stats
  Old Dominion Wake Forest
First downs 17 19
  Rushing 8 7
  Passing 9 10
  Penalty 0 2
3rd Down Efficiency 5-17, 29% 8-16, 50%
4th down efficiency 1-4, 25% 0-3, 0%
Rushes-Yards 39-145 41-165
Passing Yards 127 186
Return Yards 105 192
Completions-Attempts-Int 18-38-2 18-29-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 2-5 2-11
Punts 7 5
Fumbles Lost 0-0 3-1
Penalties - Yards 8-56 2-20
Old Dominion Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
H. Wolff 11 17 88 1 0
D. Mack Jr. 7 21 39 0 2
Wake Forest Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
S. Hartman 18 27 186 3 0
M. Griffis 0 2 0 0 0
Old Dominion Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
E. Davis 12 69 5.8 0
B. Watson 15 55 3.7 0
D. Mack Jr. 8 13 1.6 0
K. Wicks 1 4 4.0 0
J. Peaker 1 3 3.0 0
S. Smartt 2 1 0.5 0
Wake Forest Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
C. Beal-Smith 11 75 6.8 2
J. Ellison 9 48 5.3 0
C. Turner 8 37 4.6 0
Q. Cooley 3 14 4.7 0
A. Marshall 4 5 1.3 0
S. Hartman 5 -1 -0.2 0
Old Dominion Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
S. Smartt 3 26 8.7 0
J. Bly 3 25 8.3 0
Z. Kuntz 3 19 6.3 0
A. Jennings III 2 17 8.5 0
I. Spencer 2 13 6.5 1
J. Harvey 1 11 11.0 0
R. McCoy 1 10 10.0 0
E. Davis 1 3 3.0 0
I. Paige 1 2 2.0 0
B. Watson 1 1 1.0 0
Wake Forest Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
A. Perry 4 81 20.3 1
J. Roberson 6 45 7.5 1
K. Williams 3 21 7.0 1
T. Morin 2 15 7.5 0
J. Ellison 1 13 13.0 0
D. Stewart 1 7 7.0 0
C. Turner 1 4 4.0 0
Old Dominion Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Wake Forest Interceptions
Player Int Yards
J. Taylor 1 47
T. Redd 1 1
Old Dominion Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
E. Duane 7 262 37.4
Wake Forest Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
I. Mora 5 214 42.8
Old Dominion Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
R. Cray 3 41 13.7
Wake Forest Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
T. Morin 3 15 5.0
K. Williams 1 10 10.0
Old Dominion Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
S. Smartt 2 52 26.0
L. James 1 12 12.0
Wake Forest Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
K. Williams 1 20 20.0
J. Taylor 1 99 99.0
Old Dominion Missed FG
Player Length
Wake Forest Missed FG
Player Length




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