Deacs Drop 24-21 Heartbreaker At No. 7 Miami
Oct. 26, 2013
By Gary Petit, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeFB)
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla.- Wake Forest pushed No. 7 Miami to the wire, but the Hurricanes scored a touchdown with 53 seconds to play to escape with a 24-21 victory Saturday afternoon at Sun Life Stadium.
Wake Forest (4-4, 2-3 ACC) scored on a 44-yard reception by running back Dominique Gibson to take a 21-17 lead with 4:02 remaining in the game, but the Hurricanes (7-0, 3-0 ACC) answered back on the following drive, going 73 yards in 10 plays capped off by a Duke Johnson one-yard touchdown run.
The Deacons had led the Hurricanes for the entire game before the `Canes went in front for the first time with 5:36 remaining. Josh Harris put the Deacs on the board in the first quarter on a 12-yard rushing touchdown, and Tanner Price hooked up with Michael Campanaro in the second quarter for a nine-yard touchdown.
Price finished 25-of-45 passing for 301 yards and two touchdowns. Ten of those completions were to Campanaro, who ended the day with 88 yards receiving. Tyree Harris led all Deacon receivers with a career-high 90 receiving yards before leaving the game with an injury.
Harris led the Wake Forest rushers with 37 yards on 10 carries, going over 2,000 career yards in the game.
The Deacons took the opening kickoff and went 79 yards in 16 plays to take a 7-0 lead. Harris capped the drive with an 12-yard run. On the drive, the Deacons were 4-for-4 on 3rd down with passes to Tyree Harris and Campanaro. The drive milked 8:34 off the first quarter clock in what was the fourth-longest scoring drive for the Deacs since 1972.
Miami didn't get on the board until 9:28 to play in the second quarter when Matt Goudis knocked home a 34-yard field goal.
The Deacons answered back on the next drive as Price capped a 7-play drive with a 9-yard touchdown pass to Campanaro on 4th and 1 to make the score 14-3 Deacs. The big play on the drive was a 56-yard pass on 3rd and 10 from Price to Tyree Harris. That set the Deacs up at the Miami 18 yard line. After Tyree Harris got nine yards on 3rd and 10, Price sold the play-action on 4th and 1 and found Campanaro wide open in the endzone.
In the closing moments of the first half, Miami converted a 3rd and 4 into Wake Forest territory on a great one-handed grab by tight end Clive Walford. On the next play, Morris went deep and found Herb Waters for a 35-yard touchdown, bringing the Canes to within four at 14-10.
That's how the teams headed to the locker room. The Deacons dominated the majority of the opening half, leading 226 to 126 in total yards, 12 to 6 on first downs and 19:13 to 10:47 in time of possession.
After a scoreless third quarter, Miami took its first lead of the game with 5:36 to play. After pinning the Deacons deep and forcing a punt, the Canes took over on its own 49 yard line. Eight running plays later, Johnson took the ball around right end for a four-yard touchdown, giving Miami a 17-14 lead.
Unfazed, the Deacons answered right back. A pass interference penalty on Miami took the ball out the Hurricane 45 yard line. On 4th and 5 from near midfield, Price hit Jared Crump on a crossing route for a first down. The very next play, Price connected with Dominique Gibson on a wheel route. Gibson broke one tackle, picked up a block and scampered 44 yards for his first-career touchdown. That put the Deacs in front 21-17 with 4:02 to play in the game.
Miami countered again as the combination of Johnson and Dallas Crawford on the ground took the ball down the field and Johnson punched-it in from inside the one yard line, putting the Canes back in front 24-21 with just 53 seconds to play.
Wake Forest will again hit the road next week, traveling to Syracuse next Saturday at 12:30 p.m. for the first-ever ACC matchup between the two teams. The game will be broadcast by the ACC's Regional Sports Networks.