Thomas Sirk threw a pair of touchdown passes to Max McCaffrey as Duke held on to beat Wake Forest, 27-21 on Saturday afternoon in Winston Salem.
But, as has become commonplace over the last month with the Blue Devils, there was reason to hold your breath if you're a Duke fan as the team watched a 24-7 lead slow evaporate in the fourth quarter before time evenutally ran out on Wake Forest.
After a Ross Martin field goal made it 27-14, the Deacons drove down the field and scored when QB John Wolford found Cortez Lewis on a 22 yard pass to make it a one possession game with just under a minute and a half remaining. The Blue Devils recovered the on-side kick, but left just enough time on the clock
It was a scene reminescent of the Miami game that saw the Hurricanes lateral the ball eight times before scoring the game winning touchdown. Of course the ACC later admitted that Miami's score shouldn't have counted, but it did and Duke's season was sent into a tailspin.
So it was no surprise that Duke gang-tackled Tabari Hines almost as soon as he began to return the punt.
Prior to the last second drama, the Blue Devils had controlled the game for most of the afternoon, taking a 17-7 into halftime before holding the Deacons to a missed field goal attempt to begin the second half. From there the Blue Devils drove 80 yards and capped it off with Sirk finding McCaffrey for the second time to make it 24-7.
Duke will now await it's bowl bid - the fourth straight season the Blue Devils will participate in the post season.