Wake Forest’s Bryce Love didn’t show any love towards Sanderson Friday night. The senior running back rushed for 179 yards and five touchdowns – all in the first half – to lead the Cougars to a 42-14 victory in Cap Eight conference action.
The Cougars have scored 30 or more points in their last eight games. The win keeps them undefeated (10-0, 6-0 Cap Eight) and in first place with one game left in the regular season.
“It’s always our goal to go undefeated during the regular season,” Love said. “We’re feeling real good right now, and we want to carry the momentum into the playoffs.”
Love had his way on the field with touchdown runs of 10, 2, 14, 44 and 1 yards.
But the defense held firm too, holding the Spartans to just three yards in the first half, including a minus-16 rushing. Wake Forest also collected three sacks.
Wake Forest wracked up 338 yards of total offense while holding the Spartans to 114.
Love carried every down in the Cougars’ first possession on runs of 29, 12 and 5 yards before scooting in the end zone just three minutes into the first quarter.
Love’s 2-yarder gave Wake Forest a 14-0 lead in the first period. He finished for 91 yards in the first quarter alone.
Touchdowns three, four and five came in the second quarter to give the Cougars a 35-0 halftime lead.
“I have to give all the credit to my offensive line for opening the holes for me,” Love said. “We practiced hard all week and just took to the coaches’ schemes.”
With Love resting in the second half, Sanderson (2-4, 3-7) broke the drought with an 8-play 61-yard drive that running back Dejuan Dye finished with an 18-yard scamper with 2:20 left in the third.
But the Cougars came right back with its sixth touchdown by Tyri Beard to go up 42-7.
Sanderson’s Alim McNeill scored with 31 seconds left for the final margin.