Price and Campanaro Lead Deacs Past Wolfpack 28-13
Oct. 5, 2013
By Steven Wright, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeFB)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Tanner Price threw for three touchdowns and ran for another to guide Wake Forest to a 28-13 victory over NC State on Saturday afternoon at BB&T Field.
Wake Forest got back to .500 on the year at 3-3 and is now 1-2 in the ACC, while NC State falls to 3-2 overall and remains winless in conference play at 0-2. It as the sixth-straight time that Demon Deacons defeated the Wolfpack at home.
Price went 24-of-39 for 268 yards through the air to go along with his three touchdown passes. He also set career highs in rushing yards and rushing attempts, scampering for 82 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries. He now has 1,245 passing yards on the year and joins Riley Skinner as the only two quarterbacks in Wake Forest history to throw for at least 1,000 yards in each of their four seasons.
Michael Campanaro proved to be Price's favorite target once again, catching 12 passes for 153 yards and two touchdowns. Campanaro became just the second Deacon to ever catch more than 200-career passes. He currently sits at 206 receptions and is just 10 behind Desmond Clark for the school record.
Ryan Janvion led the defense with a career-high 11 tackles, while Mike Olson added eight tackles. The Demon Deacons also had four sacks and two interceptions. Nikita Whitlock and Zach Thompson had one sack apiece, and Kevin Johnson and Merrill Noel accounted for the two picks.
Wake Forest and NC State alternated punted on the first two drives of the game before the Demon Deacons put the first points on the board. Price went 7-for-8 for 71 yards through the air on the 13-play, 80-yard drive and capped it off with a one-yard touchdown run with 2:14 on the clock in the first quarter.
Early in the second quarter, the Deacs were forced to punt from their own endzone and the Wolfpack took over at the Wake Forest 43. NC State got into the redzone, but the Deacon defense held the Wolfpack to a 27-yard field goal by Niklas Sade.
NC State then took its first lead of the game at 10-7 on a Pete Thomas touchdown pass to Quinton Payton with just 39 seconds remaining in the first half.
Wake Forest captured the lead right back and took a 14-10 lead into halftime. After Sade's touchback forced the Deacons to begin the drive at the NC State 25-yard line, Price started the march with an 11-yard scramble. On the next play, he found Spencer Bishop for a 54-yard reception down to the Wolfpack 10-yard line. Two incompletions prompted a Wake Forest timeout, and after the break, Price found Campanaro for a 10-yard touchdown with just six seconds on the first-half clock.
The Deacons then scored first in the second half to build their lead. With 7:29 left in the third quarter, Chad Hedlund connected on a 24-yard field goal, but an NC State roughing the kicker penalty brought the Wake Forest offense back on the field. Price took advantage of the penalty on the next play when he found Jared Crump for a three-yard touchdown pass, which was Crump's first-career touchdown reception.
NC State started its next drive at its own 42-yard line. After an initial incompletion, Thomas completed three straight passes, all for first downs, and took the Wolfpack down to the Wake Forest nine. NC State got to the three on first and second downs, but A.J. Marshall and Kevin Johnson stopped Shadrach Thornton for no gain on third down, holding NC State to another field goal. Sade's 20-yard field goal made the score 21-13 with 4:47 left in the third.
The Deacs responded early in the fourth quarter and went up by two scores at 28-13 when Price hit Campanaro with a 27-yard strike in the endzone. That score capped an eight-play, 80-yard drive for Wake Forest.
NC State drove down to the Wake Forest 26-yard line on its next possession, but Kevin Johnson picked off his third pass of the season to end the Wolfpack drive and thwart any thought of a comeback.
Wake Forest will have a bye next week but will be back in action on October 19 against Maryland at BB&T Field.