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