Louisville Edges Wake Forest 20-19
Tabari Hines caught a 58-yard touchdown.
Oct. 30, 2015

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Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeFB)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Louisville weathered two late Wake Forest rallies as the Cardinals defeated the Demon Deacons 20-19 on Friday night in ACC play at BB&T Field.

Wake Forest (3-6, 1-5 ACC) led 19-17 at halftime but Louisville (4-4, 3-2 ACC) kicked a third quarter field goal and caused turnovers on the final two Deacon drives to win by one point.

Receivers Tabari Hines and Cortez Lewis each had a touchdown catch with Lewis compiling 82 yards receiving and Hines totaling 78.

Brandon Chubb had 12 tackles to lead the Wake Forest defense with six of them being solo stops. Marquel Lee, Duke Ejiofor, Hunter Williams and Thomas Brown all recorded a sack. The Demon Deacon special teams unit recovered a muffed punt and blocked a field goal.

Louisville's Jamari Staples had two touchdown catches for the Cardinals while quarterback Lamar Jackson recorded 207 yards passing.

Wake Forest got on the board halfway through the first quarter after Mike Weaver kicked a 38-yard field goal to put the Deacons up 3-0. The field goal was set up after Wake Forest's Zack Wary recovered a muffed punt from Louisville.

Lewis made a highlight reel touchdown catch later in the first quarter after he snared a pass from Kendall Hinton and made two defenders miss before scampering to the end zone. The 78-yard touchdown pass was the longest pass for the Demon Deacons this season. After the extra point, Wake Forest led Louisville 10-0. The touchdown pass came against the stingy Louisville defense and was the longest play the Cardinals gave up this season.

Louisville's John Wallace booted a 37-yard field goal with 12:37 left in the second as Louisville cut the Deacons lead to 10-3. The Cardinals tied the game minutes later with a 14-yard Jamari Staples touchdown catch with 8:17 remaining in the half.

Wake Forest recorded a safety in late in the second half as Ejiofor wrapped up Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson in the end zone. On the ensuing drive, Hines caught a 58-yard touchdown pass from John Wolford to put Wake Forest up 19-10. Hines caught the ball around the defender and juked another as he cruised into the end zone for another highlight play.

Louisville responded quickly as Jamari Staples caught a 22-yard touchdown pass as the Cardinals marched down the field on four plays in 33 seconds. Heading into halftime, Wake Forest led Louisville 19-17.

With 1:25 remaining in the third quarter, Louisville kicked a 39-yard field goal to take a 20-19 lead.

Louisville lined up for a 36-yard field goal with 5:22 left in the game but Tylor Harris blocked it as the Deacons returned it to the Louisville 41-yard line. It was the first blocked field goal for Wake Forest in more than two years.

On the following drive, Wake Forest converted a fourth down but Wolford threw his third interception of the game which stymied the Deacons' rally. Louisville extinguished a late Wake Forest drive in the waning minutes of the game as the Cardinals defeated the Deacons 20-19.

HEADS UP
- Wake Forest made several heads-up plays to put points on the board.
- Zack Wary's recovery on a fumbled punt return in the first quarter was the first of the year for Wake Forest. Wary set up a 36-yard field goal by Mike Weaver to put the first points on the board for the Deacons.
- In the second quarter, Duke Ejiofor sacked Louisville QB Lamar Jackson for a safety, the first for Wake Forest since 2011 against Florida State. Then John Wolford hooked up with WR Tabari Hines for a 58-yard touchdown catch, and the Deacons scored nine points in 55 seconds.
- The most important special teams play of the game came with 5:33 to go in the fourth quarter and Wake Forest down 20-19, Tylor Harris blocked a Louisville field goal attempt. That block was the first one for the Deacons since 2013 against ULM. However, the ensuing drive ended with an interception.

Cortez Lewis' BIG PLAY
- Lewis made the highlight reel with a 78-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter to put Wake Forest up 10-0.
- The catch was the longest play from scrimmage for the Deacons this season, and tied for the eighth longest reception in Wake Forest history.
- Lewis took a stutter step that made two Cardinals miss, giving him the longest play that Louisville has given up all season.

RACKING UP TACKLES
- Redshirt junior DB Ryan Janvion surpassed the 250 tackle mark with six on the day. Janvion, with 254 tackles, is the 33rd player in Wake Forest history to amass 250 tackles.
- Redshirt senior LB Brandon Chubb is quickly approaching the 300 tackle mark. Chubb had 12 on the day, and now has 297 tackles in his career.
- As a unit, the Wake Forest defense sacked Louisville four times and recorded eight tackles for loss.

POINTS ON THE BOARD
- Wake Forest's 19 points are the most this season in an ACC game.
- That total is also the most this season since September 26, when the Deacons fell to Indiana 31-24.
- The most points in an ACC game under Head Coach Dave Clawson is 21 in a 41-21 loss to end the 2014 season at Duke.

HINES CONTINUES TO GROW
- Freshman WR Tabari Hines scored the third touchdown of his season, and the longest of his career, with a 58 yard grab right before halftime.
- Hines had three catches for a total of 82 yards on the day, surpassing his personal best of 77 yards against Syracuse on September 12.
- He also made a critical catch to convert a fourth down, keeping a late fourth quarter drive alive.

NEXT UP:
- Wake Forest has a bye week coming up before heading to South Bend to face the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame on Nov. 14. The game can be seen nationally on NBC and heard live on the Wake Forest/IMG Sports Network.

 

 

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