Wake Forest 27, NC State 23
What Happened: Down ten late, Wake Forest rallied with two Jamie Newman touchdown passes, including a 32-yarder to Jack Freudenthal with just 30 seconds to play to pull off the wild shocker.
The NC State offense moved the ball, but settled early for Christopher Dunn field goals – three in all for the game – and couldn’t pull away. Ryan Finley ran for a touchdown and found a 35-yarder to Emeka Emezie for a fourth quarter score to appear to provide a little breathing room, but the Pack was only up ten, leaving the door open for Newman.
What Mattered: The Wake Forest defense that’s been such a punching bag this season picked a big time to come through with one of its better performances of the season. It stuffed the NC State ground game to just 47 yards, and was able to come up with enough key third and fourth down stops to keep the game alive.
– Finley was okay, completing 35-of-52 passes for 374 yards and a score with a pick, and Kelvin Harmon caught 15 passes for 134 yards, but again, the Pack offense couldn’t put the game away when it had the chances early.
– In place for an injured Sam Hartman, Newman completed 22-of-33 passes for 297 yards and three scores, and ran 13 times for 44 yards. Cade Carney led the team with 12 carries for 68 yards.
What It All Means: Really, NC State? It doesn’t matter that much – the ACC Coastal title hope was gone coming into the game – but this just takes the season down a few notches. It was a home game, and it was supposed to be a breeze, but on a short week, it wasn’t a sharp enough performance. The team is still going bowling, but with an easy slate to finish, there was a chance for a ten-win season. Now that’s gone.
– Just when it seemed like the season was about to be all but over, Wake Forest turned on its bowl hopes. At 5-5 with Pitt and at Duke to close, one more win all of a sudden turns the season into a potential shocker. NC State wasn’t sharp, and the Demon Deacons kept pushing late. Now, after losing three games in four, this is going to get interesting.
– Notre Dame 42, Florida State 13
– Virginia 45, Liberty 24
– Duke 42, North Carolina 35
– Pitt 52, Virginia Tech 22
– Georgia Tech 27, Miami 21
– Syracuse 54, Louisville 23
– Wake Forest 27, NC State 23