Football Gameday - Wake Forest vs. NC State
Chris Givens caught eight passes for a career-high 178 yards and two touchdowns last week at Syracuse.
Chris Givens caught eight passes for a career-high 178 yards and two touchdowns last week at Syracuse.

 
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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest will make its BB&T Field season debut and open Atlantic Coast Conference play when the Demon Deacons host longtime rival NC State on Saturday afternoon in Winston-Salem. The game is set to kick off at 3:30 p.m. and will be televised on Fox Sports Carolinas. The game can also be heard on the Wake Forest Sports Network From IMG College.

The Deacons are coming off a heartbreaking 36-29 overtime loss at Syracuse on Thursday, Sept. 1. Wake Forest led by 15 points with 11 minutes remaining in the game, but the Deacons could not maintain the lead after hitting a field goal to go up 29-14 at the 11:02 mark of the fourth quarter.

Deacon starting quarterback Tanner Price left the game just before the field goal with a knee injury, which proved to be a momentum changer. Price was 18-of-31 for 289 yards and three touchdowns before leaving.

Chris Givens caught seven passes for a career-high 170 yards and two touchdowns. Michael Campanaro set new career-highs with seven catches for 80 yards and a touchdown.

Jimmy Newman tied a career high with three field goals, though his miss from 33 yards in the first quarter snapped his school-record streak of 12 consecutive field goals made.

NC State is coming off a 43-21 defeat of FCS foe Liberty last Saturday in Raleigh. The Wolfpack defense forced seven turnovers for the first time since 1983 to tie a school record and returned one for a touchdown. Halfbacks Curtis Underwood and James Washington combined to rush for 181 yards and three touchdowns to pace the offense for NC State.

Quickie Notes
- Wake Forest has won four of the last six meetings with NC State including each of the last four games at BB&T Field.
- The Demon Deacons are 69-38-2 all-time in home openers, including 7-3 under head coach Jim Grobe. Wake has outscored its opponents 2,249 to 1,277 in its previous 109 home openers.

Next Up...
Wake Forest remains at home next week as it hosts non-conference foe Gardner-Webb on Sept. 17 at 6:30 p.m. That will be the first meeting between the two schools. The Deacons will then have a bye week before getting back to ACC action at Boston College on Oct. 1.

 

 

 

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