Deacs Fall to Duke in Season Finale, 27-21
Nov. 28, 2015
Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeFB)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Wake Forest's late rally fell short on Saturday as the Demon Deacons dropped a 27-21 decision to Duke at BB&T Field.
Duke (7-5, 4-4 ACC) led by as much as 17 in the fourth quarter but Wake Forest (3-9, 1-7 ACC) chipped away with two late touchdowns, narrowing the lead for Duke. After a late Cortez Lewis touchdown with under two minutes left, Duke recovered the onside kick and closed out the game for the 27-21 win.
Prior to the game, Wake Forest honored 16 total student-athletes as part of Senior Day. Among the student-athletes who were celebrated before the game included Hunter Williams, Brandon Chubb, Tylor Harris, P.J. Howard, Dylan Intemann, Alex Kinal, K.J. Brent, Zach Dancel.
Quarterback John Wolford was 23-of-35 with 338 yards passing and two touchdowns. Running back Tyler Bell rushed for 94 yards and one score while Cam Serigne recorded a career-high 135 yards receiving and one touchdown. Serigne now has nine career touchdown catches, setting a new school record for tight ends. Lewis had 68 yards receiving in addition to his highlight-reel touchdown snag.
Ryan Janvion led the defense with 12 tackles including seven solo stops. Chubb had 11 tackles and five solo tackles including a sack in his final game. Dancel tallied 10 tackles with eight of them solo.
Wake Forest had 450 yards of total offense compared to 431 for Duke.
Duke struck first after recovering a Wolford fumble midway through the first quarter. Starting their drive on the Wake Forest 36-yard-line, the Blue Devils scored on an 18-yard touchdown pass from Thomas Sirk to Max McCaffrey.
Wake Forest answered back on the following drive to tie the game at 7-7. On the first play, Wolford hit Serigne on a 49-yard pass, putting the Deacons on the Duke 26-yard line. Six plays later, Bell rushed for a one-yard touchdown.
The Blue Devils opened the second quarter with a 13-play, 75-yard touchdown drive as Sirk rushed in for a 3-yard score with 9:48 left on the clock. Duke added a 51-yard field goal in the final seconds of the first half to take a 17-7 lead into the locker room.
After a missed Wake Forest field goal in the third quarter, Duke marched down the field and scored on a 28-yard touchdown pass to McCaffrey. Following the made extra point, Duke led 24-7 with 10:39 left in the third quarter.
In the fourth quarter, Wolford led a 10-play, 91-yard drive capped off by a 10-yard touchdown pass to Serigne. The drive was highlighted by Bell who rushed five times for 50 yards. Duke kicked a 35-yard field goal with 2:33 left to push the Blue Devils lead to 27-14 but the Deacons again scored a late touchdown.
Wolford hit Serigne for a 29-yard gain and then threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to Lewis who made a one-handed grab in the end zone. Following the made extra point, Wake Forest attempted an onside kick but Duke recovered.
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