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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (WakeForestSports.com) – Wake Forest dropped a 31-24 decision to the visiting Indiana Hoosiers on Saturday at BB&T Field.
Wake Forest (2-2) fell behind 31-10 in the 4th quarter but rallied with two touchdowns and recovered an onside kick, but Indiana (4-0) batted down a pass in the end zone to seal the win.
Freshman quarterback Kendall Hinton made his first career start and had 245 passing yards and completed 19 passes with one touchdown. Hinton also rushed 22 times for 57 yards with two touchdowns. Cam Serigne led the Deacons with 72 yards receiving off five catches while Tabari Hines had his first-career touchdown reception.
Brad Watson led all players with 14 total tackles including eight solo stops. Cameron Glenn and Brandon Chubb each recorded 10 total tackles. Marquel Lee had the only sack of the day for the Wake Forest defense.
Indiana struck first, going up 7-0 with 6:45 left in the first quarter after a 10-play, 56 yard drive that ended in a 6-yard touchdown pass to Simmie Cobbs.
Wake Forest evened the score early in the first quarter after a 76-yard, 6-play drive resulting in a 15-yard rushing touchdown from Hinton. The drive was highlighted by a 29-yard screen pass to Chuck Wade and an 11-yard pass to Cortez Lewis. Indiana retook the lead on the next drive after a 28-yard touchdown pass to Ricky Jones, putting the Hoosiers up 14-7.
Mike Weaver booted a 35-yard field goal, cutting Indiana’s lead to 14-10 with 3:47 remaining in the first half. During the drive, K.J. Brent threw a 19-yard pass to Hines on a trick play deep in Indiana territory. Indiana added a 30-yard field goal to make it 17-10 heading into halftime.
Jordan Howard rushed for a 2-yard touchdown at the 8:27 mark of the third quarter as the Hoosiers made it 24-10. Indiana picked off a Hinton pass in the fourth quarter and returned it for a touchdown.
Wake Forest began a rally in the fourth quarter as Hinton rushed for a 15-yard touchdown with 6:25 remaining as the Deacons made it 31-17. With 2:33 left in the game, Hinton led a 7-play, 90-yard drive capped off by a 29-yard toss from Hinton to Hines. The drive lasted 59 seconds as Hinton earned his first career touchdown pass and Hines had his first touchdown reception.
The Deacons recovered an onside kick with 2:33 left in the game as Julian Jackson pounced on the perfect placement by Weaver. On 4th-and-18 with 1:33 left, Hinton launched a ball down the sidelines to Brent and pass interference was called on the Hoosiers, extending the drive.
After another first-down pass was negated by a Wake Forest holding call, the Deacs turned it over on downs when a 4th-and-long throw to Serigne was knocked down by a defender.