Deacs Fall to Duke in Season Finale, 27-21
Brad Watson tripled his previous career-high in pass breakups with six.
Nov. 28, 2015

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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.

SENIOR DAY PERFORMANCES
• For nine Demon Deacons, today was the last day they will play in a Wake Forest uniform. Many of them had strong performances to close out their college careers.
• LB Brandon Chubb finished 10th in school history for career tackles after recording 11 on the day. The Wake Forest captain also hit the 100-tackle mark for the second consecutive season, and was in on a sack as well.
• DT Tylor Harris also had a big senior day with eight tackles, including a tackle for loss and an assist on a sack.
• P Alex Kinal, the NCAA all-time record holder for number of punts (337) and punt yardage (14,102), became the first punter to surpass 14,000 career yards.
• OLB Hunter Williams got in on the action as well, recording seven tackles.
• Wake Forest also honored two graduate transfers playing in their final college football game. WR K.J. Brent had two receptions for 33 yards and S Zach Dancel picked up 10 tackles and forced a fumble.

SERIGNE'S BIG DAY
• With a career-long 49 yard grab in the first quarter, TE Cam Serigne now has a catch in 24 consecutive games and is over 1,000 yards in his career. Serigne also pulled down a 10-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter. That was his ninth career touchdown catch, the most ever by a Wake Forest tight end. He passed Mike Mullen, who had eight in his career.
• He also surpassed his record for yards in a game, with 135, after catching two deep passes on the opening drive of the second half.
• His yardage for the day was the most for a Wake Forest receiver since Michael Campanaro had 12 catches for 153 yards against NC State on October 13, 2013.

FRESHMEN ON THE OFFENSE
• Wake Forest's freshmen (redshirt and true) had 131 receptions this year. That is the most receptions by a freshman class in school history. The previous high was 77 by the 2014 freshmen.
• Freshman RB Tyler Bell closed out the 2015 season with the best game of his career. His first quarter one-yard touchdown run was the first of his career, and he had 94 yards on 16 carries for an average 5.9 yards per play. The standout freshman back had 451 rushing yards this season.
• WR Cortez Lewis wouldn't be left out either. An acrobatic one-handed touchdown catch late in the fourth quarter put Wake Forest within one possession. He finished the game with five catches for 68 yards and a touchdown.

DEFENSIVE STANDOUTS
• CB Brad Watson recorded a career high in pass breakups with six. His previous game high was two. He finishes the season ranked second in program history with 18 passes defended this year.
• DB Ryan Janvion recorded 12 tackles on the day, his highest total of the season and the most since October 18, 2014 against Syracuse (12).

 

 

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