| the history of wake forest
The 1970 ACC football
championship was a mile-
stone in Wake Forest sports
history, for a multitude of rea-
sons. First of all, it was a sweet
culmination of years of struggle
on the gridiron; since the move
to the Winston-Salem campus
in 1956, the football program
had seen very limited success.
Second, the championship was
a refutation of the pre-season
predictions of many sports pub-
lications, one of which declared
that the WF team had “no offense,
no defense, no hope.” That
scathing phrase became the
rallying cry for a group of hard-headed, hard-playing and determined
footballers who banded together to prove the experts wrong.
We began the season with three losses, all away games: Nebras-
ka, the eventual national champions, South Carolina, and Florida
State. Then came the first win at the University of Virginia, 27–7.
We subsequently defeated Virginia Tech, Clemson, North Carolina,
Duke, and NC State. The critical game in that series was against
in retrospect
A Milestone in Sports History
By Joe Lee “Jody” Puckett (B.A., 1970)
Lanny Wadkins, All-American golfer
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