WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Wake Forest certainly didn't need Michael Campanaro to beat Presbyterian. Not with this kind of debut from redshirt freshman Jonathan Williams.
Williams had 143 yards receiving in the Demon Deacons' season-opening 31-7 victory over Presbyterian on Thursday night.
"It wasn't eyeing me — it was just eyeing the defense, seeing what they were going to do," Williams said. "And the play-call was just there."
Tanner Price was 14 of 25 for 219 yards with a 20-yard TD pass to Spencer Bishop, and the quarterback ran 3 yards for another score for the Demon Deacons.
With their Atlantic Coast Conference opener coming next Friday night at Boston College, they mostly kept things simple on offense while its defense forced six turnovers — three fumbles and three interceptions.
"I just think we didn't play very well offensively," Presbyterian coach Harold Nichols said. "They're good defensively, but not that good."
Brandon Chubb returned an interception 29 yards for a touchdown and redshirt freshman Josh Wilhite took his first career carry 21 yards for a late score.
Williams caught five passes and set a school record for receiving yardage by a freshman in his first game.
Tamyn Garrick was 9 of 15 for 36 yards with a 1-yard touchdown pass to Kris Hurley for the Blue Hose, who finished with 151 total yards, but 66 came on their first play — a dash by Demarcus Rouse that set up the TD pass.
Presbyterian only gained one more first down after that, and it didn't come until the fourth quarter.
"I don't think (the defense) could have played any better — other than the one long run to start the game," Demon Deacons coach Jim Grobe said.
Price, Wake Forest's fourth-year starter, has the green light on the ground for a change — he was a 1,000-yard rusher in high school. In this one, he rushed for a team-best 31 yards, mostly on option keepers.
"I've got a couple bruises already, and it's a little bit different from past games," Price said with a smile. "But it's a good sore."
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