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Scott BurleyRalph Friedgen

\ Dane Randolph shifted over to left tackle and Jack Griffin came in to play right tackle for much of the second half, and Wake Forest picked on Randolph to disrupt the backfield late in the game.\

\ Other notes:\

\ * Friedgen said the first read on 12 of the 26 pass plays (20 passes + 6 sacks) was sophomore Darrius Heyward-Bey. But Hey-Bey only had two balls thrown his way, meaning a combination of backfield pressure, quick check downs by Jordan Steffy and an inability by Heyward-Bey to break free contributed to his quiet day.\

\ * Steffy was developing cramps at the end of the first half and went to the locker room for an IV treatment. That explains why Chris Turner performed the kneeldown at the end of the first half.\

\ * Ralph wasn’t happy with several calls yesterday, and mentioned a rash of holding penalties on Wake that went unnoticed by the men in stripes. He didn’t want to get into it today, but did say “I didn’t think it was a well-officiated game by any stretch of the imagination.”\

\ * Ralph remains patient with Steffy, although he conceded again the junior must get rid of the ball faster and try to take advantage of opportunities downfield. \

\ “I do worry about his confidence,” Friedgen said. “I told him after the game this is part of the what you have to deal with in being a quarterback. All of our quarterbacks have gone through this. It’s something I have confidence he’ll be able to do and I still have confidence he’s going to be a good quarterback.”\

\ * Very interesting nugget: Ralph knew exactly how many sacks the Terps have allowed this year (16) and all of last year (19), and he brought it up rather than a reporter.\

\ — Patrick Stevens\

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