Duke at Wake Forest

Wake Forest 54, Duke 48


WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) -Backup quarterback Tanner Price threw three touchdown passes and ran for another, and Wake Forest held off Duke 54-48 on Saturday for its 11th straight victory in the series.

Price was 12 of 19 for 190 yards with scoring passes covering 13, 38 and 23 yards and an early 1-yard scoring run for the Demon Deacons (2-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference).

Wake Forest posted the first consecutive 50-point games in school history, outgained the Blue Devils 500-487 and won the second highest-scoring game in ACC history. During an early 5-minute stretch, the teams combined for three touchdowns of at least 60 yards.

Sean Renfree was 28 of 44 for 358 yards with four touchdowns for Duke (1-1, 0-1). Conner Vernon caught two of those, covering 70 and 51 yards.

Renfree's second scoring pass to Vernon made it a six-point game with 1:39 remaining, but Marshall Williams recovered the ensuing onside kick.

Renfree had touchdowns covering 9 yards to Cooper Helfet and 13 yards to Austin Kelly. Vernon finished with eight catches for 181 yards - his second straight 100-yard game - and Desmond Scott rushed for 122 yards including a 63-yard score.

Will Snyderwine kicked field goals covering 46 and 38 yards for the Blue Devils, with the second pulling them to 48-41 with 8:45 remaining.

Price then led them on a 13-play, 79-yard drive that chewed up nearly 6 minutes and ended with Devon Brown's 6-yard touchdown run.

Price, who played the entire second half after sharing time in the first with Ted Stachitas, put the Demon Deacons ahead to stay midway through the third quarter.

He found a wide-open Williams streaking down the right sideline from 38 yards out to make it 41-35. Earlier, those two hooked up from 13 yards out during a school-record-tying 28-point second quarter for Wake Forest. Price threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to Danny Dembry on the fourth play of the fourth quarter to make it 48-38.

Stachitas had an early 23-yard touchdown run for the Demon Deacons. Williams caught two touchdown passes and threw another on a gadget play and Chris Givens had two TDs - one catch, one return of a fumbled long snap on a punt. Givens finished with four catches for 159 yards.

Most of Wake Forest's previous five wins in Winston-Salem were tight affairs that weren't decided until the final moments.

This one was destined for that kind of finish, and the tone was set during a wild first half in which the teams combined for 604 total yards and midway through the second quarter, there were touchdowns scored on three consecutive snaps.

Renfree's long strike to Vernon came one play after Price's scoring sneak put the Demon Deacons up by seven. That 21-all tie didn't last long: Williams took a pitch on an end-around and found Givens wide open behind the Blue Devils' secondary for an 81-yard score - the longest by Wake Forest in stadium history.

Then came more wackiness. After Price's first scoring pass to Marshall put Wake Forest up 35-21, Scott had a 63-yard touchdown run. Renfree's touchdown pass to Kelly came 41 seconds before the break and made it a 35-all game at the half.

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Scoring Summary
WFTed Stachitas 23 yd run (Jimmy Newman kick)
DUKEBrandon Connette 4 yd run (Will Snyderwine kick)
DUKECooper Helfet 9 yd pass from Sean Renfree (Will Snyderwine kick)
WFChris Givens 18 yd fumble return (Jimmy Newman kick)
WFTanner Price 1 yd run (Jimmy Newman kick)
DUKEConner Vernon 70 yd pass from Sean Renfree (Will Snyderwine kick)
WFChris Givens 81 yd pass from Marshall Williams (Jimmy Newman kick)
WFMarshall Williams 13 yd pass from Tanner Price (Jimmy Newman kick)
DUKEDesmond Scott 63 yd run (Will Snyderwine kick)
DUKEAustin Kelly 13 yd pass from Sean Renfree (Will Snyderwine kick)
WFMarshall Williams 38 yd pass from Tanner Price (failed 2pt rush)
DUKEWill Snyderwine 46 yd FG
WFDanny Dembry 23 yd pass from Tanner Price (Jimmy Newman kick)
DUKEWill Snyderwine 38 yd FG
WFDevon Brown 6 yd run (failed 2pt rush)
DUKEConner Vernon 51 yd pass from Sean Renfree (Will Snyderwine kick)
Team Stats
First Downs2224
Third Down Efficiency7-156-16
Fourth Down Efficiency1-22-2
Plays-Net Yards73-48777-500
Passing Yds358271
Kick Return Yds222138
Punt Return Yds5053
Time of Poss.28:1631:44
Individual Stats
DUKE: Desmond Scott 11-122, Brandon Connette 6-15, Josh Snead 5-14, Jay Hollingsworth 1-8, Juwan Thompson 2-1, Sean Renfree 3--5, Team 1--26
WF: Ted Stachitas 9-77, Tanner Price 10-56, Josh Harris 12-50, Devon Brown 6-29, Brandon Pendergrass 2-8, Josh Adams 6-7, Chris Givens 2-4, Tommy Bohanon 2-4, Team 4--6
DUKE: Sean Renfree 28-44-358-3
WF: Tanner Price 12-19-190-1, Ted Stachitas 0-4-0-1, Marshall Williams 1-1-81-0
DUKE: Austin Kelly 10-73, Conner Vernon 8-181, Donovan Varner 6-51, Cooper Helfet 2-17, Desmond Scott 1-31, Brett Huffman 1-5
WF: Chris Givens 4-159, Devon Brown 4-30, Marshall Williams 2-51, Danny Dembry 2-29, Michael Campanaro 1-2
Duke6th Atlantic Coast Coastal1-74-8

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