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Nov. 13, 2010
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Russell Wilson threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more in what might have been his final home game to lead North Carolina State past Wake Forest 38-3 on Saturday.
Wilson was 24 of 35 for 300 yards with touchdowns covering 4 yards to Jarvis Williams and 38 yards to Owen Spencer, and scored on runs of 1 and 2 yards for the Wolfpack (7-3, 4-2 Atlantic Coast Conference). They scored on four of six second-half possessions, outgained the Demon Deacons 387-188 and kept control of the Atlantic Division.
The junior quarterback was honored before the game along with 19 seniors. He hasn't decided whether he'll return for one more season or continue his pro baseball career.
Wake Forest (2-8, 1-6) lost its eighth straight game, its longest slide since dropping its last 10 in 1978.
The Demon Deacons had lost all four previous road games by an average of 38 1/2 points, with none closer than 31. Determined to keep this one competitive for as long as possible, they shortened this one by relying on their running backs, outrushing the Wolfpack 110-59.
But their brutal season might be best summarized by a telling sequence of plays.
After breaking up a third-down pass in the end zone, safety Alex Frye leaped to celebrate with teammate Cyhl Quarles - and promptly crumpled to the field with an apparent knee injury, though he later appeared to be OK on the sideline. Lovell Jackson then muffed the Wolfpack punt and Earl Wolff recovered at the Wake Forest 17. Two plays later, Wilson scampered in from 2 yards out to make it 24-3.
Wilson sneaked in to cap N.C. State's next possession. His curtain call came with 9:55 left, following a 19-yard pass to Spencer, and he jogged off the field to an ovation from the Carter-Finley Stadium crowd.
Spencer finished with seven catches for 138 yards, and he and Wilson teamed to give the Wolfpack some breathing room on their first possession of the half. He took a short pass from Wilson and slipped through the left side to give N.C. State a two-touchdown lead.
That broke open what had been a tight game for a half. Wilson's pretty 50-yard pitch-and-run to Williams midway through the second quarter set up the only touchdown of the opening 30 minutes.
Wilson swung a screen pass to Williams at the Wake Forest 4, and the senior receiver powered through a tackle and pushed into the end zone to make it 10-3 and put N.C. State ahead to stay.
Freshman Chris Hawthorne, in his first game in place of injured kicker Josh Czajkowski, kicked a 25-yard field goal to cap the Wolfpack's opening drive.
Wake Forest drove inside the N.C. State 5 twice in the first half but its only points of the day came on Jimmy Newman's 19-yard field goal early in the second quarter. The Wolfpack stuffed Michael Campanaro on fourth-and-goal from the 2 with 58 seconds before the half.
Freshman Tanner Price was 9 of 11 for 69 yards for Wake Forest, and Campanaro finished with 67 yards rushing.