Rushing Attack, Defense Lead Wake Forest to Win Over Duke



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    DURHAM, N.C. ( – Wake Forest took advantage of a dominant rushing effort to knock off in-state and ACC rival Duke, 24-14, on the road at Wallace Wade Stadium on Saturday evening.

    The Demon Deacons (2-0) totaled 239 yards on the ground, led by 108 yards on 17 carries and three scores from Cade Carney in just his second collegiate game. Kendall Hinton added 63 yards on 11 carries and Matt Colburn rushed eight times for 54 yards.

    Wake Forest also utilized a strong defensive effort to knock off Duke (1-1), recording five sacks, 10 tackles for loss, two fumble recoveries and an interception.

    Duke Ejiofor forced both fumbles and recovered one of them and notched a career-high three sacks, one off the program record, and seven total tackles. Cameron Glenn had the other fumble recovery, while Brad Watson picked off his third-career pass, and Marquel Lee (10 tackles) and Wendell Dunn had a sack apiece.

    Carney accounted for all three Wake Forest touchdowns. including a 7-yard score to knot the game at 7-7 in the second quarter, a 1-yard plunge to take a 14-7 lead in the third quarter, and a 55-yard scamper which broke a 14-14 tie in the third quarter. 

    Mike Weaver added a 34-yard field goal with 3:50 remaining in the contest to extend Wake Forest's lead to a two-possession game.

    The Blue Devils responded with a 43-yard drive to get inside the Wake Forest 35-yard-line, before Watson intercepted a Daniel Jones pass. Jones went 31-for-48 passing for 332 yards and also rushed for a pair of touchdowns for Duke. The Blue Devils totaled 37 yards rushing on 30 carries.

    Hinton took control of the quarterback position in the first half and finished 6-for-11 passing for 133 yards, which included a 62-yard completion to Alex Bachman, 37-yard pass to Cortez Lewis and 23-yard completion to Cam Serigne.

    • Wake Forest starts the season 2-0 for the first time since 2012. 
    • Wake Forest ends a four-game losing streak to Duke. 
    • Wake Forest has won seven of the last eight games at Wallace Wade Stadium.