Louisville Edges Wake Forest 20-19
Oct. 30, 2015
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.
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.
Cortez Lewis' BIG PLAY
RACKING UP TACKLES
POINTS ON THE BOARD
HINES CONTINUES TO GROW
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