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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WakeForestSports.com) - Vanderbilt kicked a game-winning 38-yard field goal with less than a minute remaining in the game to hand Wake Forest a heartbreaking 23-21 loss in the Demon Deacons' season finale Saturday in Nasheville, Tenn.
With Wake Forest (4-8) leading 21-20 with less than two minutes left, Vanderbilt's Jordan Matthews made a circus catch between two defenders to convert a fourth-and-11 and keep the Commodores (8-4) alive. The Demon Deacons got to midfield on their final desperation drive, but Tanner Price's Hail Mary attempt fell incomplete as time expired.
Wake Forest had taken the lead late in the third quarter on a 63-yard interception return for a touchdown by Justin Jackson and while the Deacon defense held the Commodores to only a field goal on their next four possession, Vanderbilt's defense proved to be equally strong, shutting the Deacs out for the rest of the game.
In his last game as quarterback at Wake Forest, Price completed 16-of-32 passes for 155 yards in addition to carrying 12 times for 47 yards and a touchdown. Price ends his career in second place in school history for passing yards, completions and passing touchdowns behind Riley Skinner and is tied for first place in total touchdowns accounted for.
Josh Harris carried seven times for 35 yards, ending his career in eighth place on Wake Forest's all-time rushing chart.