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Wake Forest vs. Duke Recap: Deacons fall 41-21

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In the final regular season game, Wake Forest couldn't keep up with Duke, snapping a six-game win streak in Durham.

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For one of the first times this season, the blame for a loss could not be solely shouldered by the Wake Forest offense. Freshman John Wolford tossed a career-high three touchdowns, and the offense's 315 yards were its most since they beat Army back in September.

Wolford connected with Jared Crump from 27-yards out in the first quarter to tie the game at seven, and then hit Brandon Terry for a 40-yard bomb to bring the Deacons within six points early in the third quarter. Duke then pulled away after that point, scoring two unanswered touchdowns to close out the game.

The Blue Devils senior trio of playmakers led the offense. Anthony Boone passed for 275 yards and one score, and ran for another on the ground. Receivers Isaac Blakeney and Jamison Crowder each topped 100 yards receiving with seven and eight catches, respectively.

Wake's running game struggled again with Dezmond Wortham and Isaiah Robinson splitting carries. They each carried the ball seven times, but barely topped 20 yards. Senior Matt James played well in his final game, reeling in 9 catches for 87 yards. Freshman Cam Serigne capped off his standout freshman season with another good performance. He caught 6 passes for 49 yards, including a 17-yard score. His freshman campaign ends with 54 catches for 531 yards and five touchdowns.

The Wake defense certainly didn't play its best game of the season, but it was hurt by poor special teams play. Jared Crump fumbled a punt in the first quarter that led to a Duke touchdown and DeVon Edwards took the opening kickoff back 46 yards to set up Duke's first score of the game.

Quick Hits

  • Wake Forest was 2-5 on fourth down conversions, and just 3-11 on third down
  • Wolford committed no turnovers until the games final minutes when he fumbled after a sack
  • Wake won the possession battle, holding the ball for 36:36
  • None of Alexander Kinal's three punts were returned by Duke
  • To finish 2014, Wolford went 214-367 (58.3%) with 12 touchdown, 14 interceptions and 45 sacks