Slow Start Costs Deacs in Loss to NC State
Oct. 24, 2015
Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeFB)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- NC State took advantage of four straight touchdowns in the first quarter as the Wolfpack defeated Wake Forest 35-17 on Saturday at BB&T Field.
Wake Forest (3-5, 1-4 ACC) trailed 28-0 to NC State (5-2, 1-2 ACC) after the first quarter, but held the Wolfpack to just one touchdown in the final three quarters.
Kendall Hinton replaced starting quarterback John Wolford in the first half and rushed for two touchdowns. He finished the game 12-for-22 with 107 yards passing and ran for 75 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries. Running back Tyler Bell had 58 yards on 11 carries for the Demon Deacons. Chuck Wade led receivers with 43 yards receiving while Tabari Hines was close behind with 42 yards.
Hinton now ranks fifth in program history for most rushing touchdowns by a quarterback in a season with six.
NC State's offense jumped out to a quick start in the first quarter, scoring on each of its first two drives and putting points on the board on four of its five first-quarter drives. The Wolfpack scored on a 59-yard pass from Jacoby Brissett to Maurice Trowell just 53 seconds into the game. On NC State's second drive, Matthew Dayes rushed for 85 yards on the first play of the series to put NC State on top 14-0.
NCSU wrapped up the quarter when Brissett found Nyheim Hines on a 58-yard touchdown pass, followed by a 57-yard touchdown rush by Dayes to give the Wolfpack a 28-0 lead after the period.
With less than five minutes to go in the second quarter, Wake Forest quarterback Kendall Hinton took off running and weaved up the field for a 69-yard touchdown run to cut the lead to 28-7. The run is the second-longest TD rush from a Wake Forest quarterback this season, falling just one yard shy of John Wolford's 70-yard run in the season-opening 41-3 win over Elon.
On the second drive of the second half, Wake Forest trimmed the margin to 28-10 with a 38-yard field goal from Mike Weaver.
Bray'lon Cherry returned a 52-yard punt in the fourth quarter to put the Wolfpack up 35-10 with 4:30 left in the game. Wake Forest responded with a 75-yard drive capped off by a one-yard touchdown run from Hinton. Trailing 35-17, a Wake Forest recovered onside kick was negated by an illegal procedure, and the ensuing attempt failed.
For the second straight week, big plays doomed the Deacons, as all five of NC State's scoring plays were longer than 50 yards.
Dayes led the Wolfpack with 205 yards rushing on 16 carries with a pair of scores.
Wake Forest plays at home again on Friday night, taking on Louisville on ESPN2 at 7 p.m.
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