What an incredible game! The Deacs went into Raleigh, a place where they haven’t won since 2006, and came away with a 27-24 win over the 14th ranked Wolfpack. Let’s relive all the excitement.
After a relatively mundane 30 minutes of game saw each team kicking field goals, the Pack found the end-zone first on this 2 yard run from Ryan Finley.
That would be the only touchdown in the first half, and NC State took a 13-3 lead into halftime.
After the teams exchanged field goals, the Deacs had what one might consider to be the most electric drive of the season. On the 3rd play of the drive, Sage Surratt came up with a spectacular catch off the Jamie Newman bomb for a gain of 43 yards.
Let’s take a better look at that incredible grab.
Surratt finished the game with a team high 8 receptions for 109 yards.
On the very next play, Alex Bachman decided to get in on the crazy catch action, as he came up with his very own circus catch for a 38 yard touchdown to cut the lead to 3.
The Wolfpack answered quickly though, scoring on their very next possession. Ryan Finley found Emeka Emezie over the middle, and he broke a tackle and took off for a 35 yard touchdown. Unfortunately, he did not fumble on his way in this time.
Finley finished the game 35 of 52 for 374 yards, 1 TD and 1 int.
Down 13-23 with just 6 minutes remaining in the game, Wake desperately needed a score. And what’s a better way to get a score than to put the ball into the hands of Greg Dortch?
This is an absolute DIME from Newman to Dortch running free into the end-zone. In his first start for Wake Forest, Newman finished 22 of 33 for 297 yards and 3 TDs. That is a heck of a first game.
After the Deacon defense came away with a crucial 4th down stop, the offense had just 90 seconds to travel 80 yards for a chance to win the game. And that is exactly what they did.
Newman’s pass was caught by Jack Freudenthal, who had a clear path to the end-zone thanks to a magnificent block from Bachman. The catch and run went for 32 yards and gave Wake Forest a 27-23 lead with just 30 seconds left in the game.
Finley’s last second Hail Mary attempt was intercepted by Scotty Washington, and the Deacs completed the comeback to win it, 27-23.
What a game. What a win. What was your favorite moment? Let us know below!