Wake Forest Falls at NC State, 38-3
Nov. 13, 2010
RALEIGH, N.C. - NC State quarterback Russell Wilson accounted for four touchdowns, two passing and two rushing, to lead the Wolfpack to a 38-3 win over Wake Forest on Saturday afternoon at Carter-Finley Stadium.
Wake Forest falls to 2-8 on the season and 1-6 in Atlantic Coast Conference play, while NC State improves to 7-3 and 4-2 in league play.
Wake Forest and NC State were tied at three midway through the second quarter, but the Wolfpack scored 35 unanswered points, including 28 in the second half, to pull away for the win.
Making his debut at running back, Michael Campanaro finished the game with a team-high 67 rushing yards on 19 carries. He also caught a pass for 18 yards.
Tanner Price passed for 69 yards on 9-of-11 passing. With the 69 passing yards, Price now has 1,125 passing yards on the year, setting a new school record for passing yards in a season by true freshman. He also has 110 completions, which is also a single-season record for a true freshman at Wake Forest.
Jimmy Newman accounted for the only points of the game for the Deacs, converting a 19-yard field goal in the second quarter. He has now made nine consecutive field goals, which ranks tied for the fourth longest streak in school history.
Kenny Okoro recorded his second interception of the season and fifth of his career for the Demon Deacon defense. Hunter Haynes, Duran Lowe, Mike Olson and Matt Woodlief led Wake Forest with six tackles each.
Playing in his final game at Carter-Finley Stadium, Wilson threw for 300 yards and two touchdowns on 24-of-35 passing. He also rushed for a pair of touchdowns and 17 yards on seven carries.
Owen Spencer caught seven passes for 138 yards and a touchdown, while Jarvis Williams also scored a receiving touchdown, hauling in four passes for 74 yards.
Nate Irving made 13 tackles for NC State on defense, including setting a new NC State single-game record with eight tackles for loss. Earl Wolff contributed 11 tackles for the Wolfpack.
NC State outgained Wake Forest in the game, 387-188, including a 328-78 advantage in the air. Wake Forest controlled the clock in the game, holding the ball for a season-high 34:56, compared to 25:04 for NC State.
NC State struck first, getting a field goal on its first offensive possession of the game. Wilson completed four passes on the opening drive and ran the ball three times for 20 yards. The Wolfpack would move the ball inside the Wake Forest 10-yard line, before the Demon Deacon defense stiffened to force a 25-yard field goal by Chris Hawthorne.
Wake Forest evened the game on its next possession, turning in its longest drive of the season on a 15-play drive that went 57 yards and took 7:57 off the clock. Campanaro was the star of the drive, rushing seven times for 32 yards and also catching an 18-yard shovel pass. The Deacs drove the ball to the NC State 1-yard line, before having to settle for a 19-yard field goal by Newman, his ninth consecutive made field goal.
NC State regained the lead midway through the second quarter, scoring the first touchdown of the game on a drive that lasted 56 seconds. The big play of the drive was a 50-yard pass play from Wilson to Williams on the first play of the drive. Wilson and Williams hooked up again on the touchdown play, this time on a four-yard pass to give NC State a 10-3 lead with 7:47 left in the first half.
Wake Forest moved the ball effectively on its next drive, but again stalled out inside the five-yard line. The Deacs chewed up 6:48 off the clock on a drive that went 13 plays and 57 yards. Wake Forest drove the ball down to the NC State 2-yard line, before going for it on 4th and goal. The handoff up the middle to Campanaro lost a yard as NC State took over on downs to end the first half.
NC State doubled its lead on its initial drive of the second half. The drive, which took six plays and went 66 yards, culminated on a 38-yard touchdown pass from Wilson to Spencer. Spencer accounted for 46 receiving yards on the scoring drive.
The Wolfpack's next scoring drive was set up after Lovell Jackson muffed a punt, giving NC State the ball at the Wake Forest 17-yard line. Three plays later, Wilson recorded his first rushing touchdown of the day, a 2-yard run to make the score 24-3 with 6:25 left in the third quarter.
NC State stretched its lead to 28 with a touchdown early in the fourth quarter. Wilson was a perfect 5-for-5 passing on the drive and concluded the drive with a 1-yard touchdown run, his second rushing touchdown of the game.
The Wolfpack closed the scoring with a 1-yard touchdown rush by James Washington to make the final score 35-3.
Wake Forest plays its final home game of the 2010 season next weekend against Clemson. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. and the game will be shown live on ESPN3.com.