Wake For­est up­sets NC State for rare road win over ranked team

The Charlotte Observer - - Front Page - BY JOEDY MC­CREARY As­so­ci­ated Press

Ev­ery­thing seemed aligned against Wake For­est: The Dea­cons had a quar­ter­back mak­ing his first start, an in­jury-de­pleted de­fense fac­ing an of­fense pep­pered with fu­ture NFL play­ers, and trailed by 10 points in the fourth quar­ter in a sta­dium where they al­most never win,

Yet No. 22 N.C. State couldn’t seal the vic­tory, so Wake For­est snatched it away.

Jamie New­man threw a 32-yard touch­down pass to Jack Freuden­thal with 30 sec­onds left to give Wake For­est a 27-23 up­set vic­tory Thurs­day night.

“It’s just about stay­ing poised, hon­estly,” New­man said.

“Stay­ing poised and be­ing smart, not let­ting the mo­ment get too big for you.”

Mak­ing his first ca­reer start, New­man was 22 of 33 for 297 yards with three touch­down passes in the sec­ond half to help the Dea­cons (5- 5, 2- 4 ACC) rally from a 10-point deficit in the fourth quar­ter.

The 19 1/2-point un­der­dogs earned their first road vic­tory over a Top 25 team in a decade.

“This was go­ing to be a game that we just have to grind, and grind, and grind, and some­how find a way to win,” coach Dave Claw­son said.

“And to our kids’ credit, they did it.”

UP NEXT Wake For­est:

Re­turns home to play host to Coastal Divi­sion leader Pitts­burgh on Nov. 17.

Vis­its Louisville on Nov. 17.

N.C. State:

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