Cardiac Canes Come Back for 24-21 Victory

Cardiac Canes Come Back for 24-21 Victory

Saturday October 26, 2013


MIAMI, FLA. (AP and HurricaneSports.com) - Duke Johnson ran for two fourth-quarter touchdowns, the second a 1-yard plunge with 53 seconds left, as No. 7 Miami rallied twice to beat Wake Forest 24-21 on Saturday and remain unbeaten.

Johnson finished with 168 yards on 30 carries for the Hurricanes (7-0, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference).

Tanner Price's 44-yard touchdown pass to Dominique Gibson with 4:02 remaining put Wake Forest on top, but the Hurricanes went 73 yards on their next 10 plays, with Johnson scoring to keep Miami unbeaten heading into next week's showdown at No. 3 Florida State.

Wake Forest (4-4, 2-3 fell to 1-53 all-time against Top 10 teams - the lone win coming exactly 67 years ago Saturday. The Demon Deacons trailed for less than 3 minutes against the Hurricanes, and still dropped their fifth straight in the series.

Antonio Crawford's interception sealed the win with 37 seconds left for Miami, which was playing its first game since the NCAA investigation into the Nevin Shapiro scandal ended earlier in the week - culminating a 2 1/2-year saga for the Hurricanes.

After Johnson's first score of the game put Miami up 17-14 late in the fourth quarter, Wake Forest found an answer.

Price connected with Jared Crump for an 11-yard gain on 4th-and-5 from the Wake Forest 45 with 4:30 remaining. On the next snap, he found Gibson on the right sideline, linebacker Tyrone Cornelius wound up missing on the tackle, and Gibson took off on a 44-yard play that put the Demon Deacons up 21-17 with 4:02 left.

But for the second straight game, Miami found a way to get a win in the final moments, and matched their best start since 2003.