ACC: Wake back enjoys a record day

Associated Press
Published October 30, 2005

DURHAM, N.C. - Chris Barclay accepted a game ball for breaking the Wake Forest career rushing record, then asked the man he replaced at the top of the list to hold it for him.

That's because Barclay had yards left to gain.

The four-year starter ran for 68 of his 204 yards on his first carry and broke James McDougald's mark, helping the Demon Deacons beat Duke 44-6 Saturday for their first winning streak of the season.

"The record means a lot," Barclay said. "It's so important to win games, first and foremost, but that record seemed so far away early in the season, and to already have broken it is a blessing."

In the third quarter, he took a handoff and gained 19 yards to pass McDougald, who totaled 3,811 yards on the ground from 1976-79. Barclay completed that drive with a 9-yard touchdown and later ran 71 yards for another to make him the top scorer at Wake Forest.

He got his souvenir following his first score and took it to McDougald for safekeeping. Over the past several weeks, they became close friends and often chatted about the record, with McDougald openly rooting for Barclay to be the one to break it.

The two shared a brief moment when the ball exchanged hands before Barclay returned to action.

"I was still playing, so I just wanted him to hold it, seeing how it was his record," Barclay said. "It meant a lot to him. He was just ecstatic for me."

The Demon Deacons won their sixth in a row against the Blue Devils. Still, they must win their final two to become bowl eligible for the first time in three years, including a home game against Miami.

GEORGIA TECH 10, CLEMSON 9: P.J. Daniels rushed for 100 yards and scored the go-ahead touchdown midway through the fourth quarter as the host Bulldogs held off the Tigers.

The game was tied at 3 after three quarters as Clemson was hurt by three first-half fumbles.

N.C. STATE 21, S. MISSISSIPPI 17: Freshman Andre Brown ran for 248 yards and two touchdowns, and Marcus Stone threw the go-ahead touchdown pass as the host Wolfpack won its first home game against a Division I-A opponent in more than a year.

Stone connected with Brian Clark with 5:08 left as N.C. State rallied from a 14-point third-quarter deficit.