Wake Forest at Louisiana-Monroe

Louisiana-Monroe clamps down on Wake Forest

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MONROE, La. -- Louisiana-Monroe held Wake Forest to 94 yards of total offense and Centarius Donald ran for 117 yards to lead the Warhawks to a 17-10 win in the season opener for both teams Thursday night.

Neither team scored an offensive touchdown until Louisiana-Monroe quarterback Pete Thomas rushed up the middle for a nine-yard touchdown with 3:37 left. The senior transfer from North Carolina State completed 23 of 41 passes for 189 yards.

"That's the same play we used to run with [former quarterback] Kolton [Browning]," Louisiana-Monroe head coach Todd Berry said. "As I mentioned at one other time, [Thomas is] a better runner than people think he is. He had to scramble and drop his shoulder and go make a play, and I was excited to see that too. There are time periods when you have to bow up, and he bowed up and he earned a lot of respect from the team for that."

Donald picked up 43 yards as Louisiana-Monroe bled the final 2:06 off the clock.

The Warhawks had seven sacks for 55 yards and limited the Demon Deacons to minus-3 yards rushing.

"It was impressive," Berry said. "They are an ACC team, a Power Five. They spend three times as much money as we do. They have a lot of advantages, but I think coach [Dave] Clawson is going to be a great fit for that program, and I'm excited for him.

Linebacker Steve Donatell blocked a punt and Kevin Johnson returned the loose ball for a 25-yard touchdown in the opening minutes and Wake Forest took a 10-0 lead into halftime.

Mitch Lane's 31-yard interception return for a touchdown put Louisiana-Monroe on the board late in the 3rd quarter. He added six sacks.

"I was pleased with the defense," Berry said. "I am not necessarily surprised. I felt good going in about how we would play."

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Scoring Summary
WAKEKevin Johnson 25 yd blocked punt return (Mike Weaver kick)
WAKEMike Weaver 38 yd FG
LAMONJustin Manton 30 yd FG
LAMONMitch Lane 31 yd interception return (Justin Manton kick)
LAMONPete Thomas 9 yd run (Justin Manton kick)
Team Stats
First Downs521
Third Down Efficiency3-149-21
Fourth Down Efficiency0-01-2
Plays-Net Yards49-9485-352
Passing Yds97189
Kick Return Yds1452
Punt Return Yds250
Time of Poss.24:3735:23
Individual Stats
WAKE: Orville Reynolds 16-37, John Wolford 11--40
LAMON: Centarius Donald 26-117, Tyler Cain 11-46, Pete Thomas 4-15, Brayle Brown 1--4, Team 2--11
WAKE: John Wolford 12-22-97-1
LAMON: Pete Thomas 23-41-189-0
WAKE: Matt James 3-40, E.J. Scott 3-32, Cam Serigne 3-18, Jared Crump 2-8, Orville Reynolds 1--1
LAMON: Kenzee Jackson 6-83, Tyler Cain 4-20, Centarius Donald 4-16, Tony Cook 3-35, Alec Osborne 3-17, Ajalen Holley 2-12, Rashon Ceaser 1-6
Wake Forest1st Atlantic Coast Atlantic0-00-0
Louisiana-Monroe1st Sun Belt 0-00-0

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