Wake Forest (4-7, 3-5) scored on their opening drive when Sam Swank hit a 52-yard field goal capping off a 10-play, 45-yard drive. The biggest play on the drive came on a 36-yard pass from Cory Randolph to Zac Selmon.
The Hurricanes bounced back with a big catch of their own when Ryan Moore caught a 42-yard deep ball from Kyle Wright. It was the longest play of the year for Moore. Charlie Jones, who earned his first career start, finished off the drive with a 1-yard touchdown run.
Miami (8-1, 5-1) took a 14-3 lead when Jones found the end zone from 32 yards out. He took the handoff up the middle and bounced it outside for the touchdown. The touchdown came immediately after rushing for a first down on 4th-and-2.
Jones finished with 90 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries.
Wake Forest bounced back when they connected for a 71-yard touchdown by Chris Davis thrown by wide receiver Nate Morton. Davis got behind the safeties as Chris Barclay took the initial handoff on a counter, but then pitched it to Morton who threw it downfield.
The Hurricanes led 14-10, but were forced to punt. Again, Wake Forest came out strong and put together a touchdown drive when Barclay scored on a 7-yard run to give the Demon Deacons a 17-14 lead.
Barclay, the ACC's leading rusher and Wake Forest's all-time leading rusher, fumbled twice in the game, but finished with 105 yards on 27 carries.
It didn't take long for Wright and the ‘Canes to strike back.
Wright showed good patience in the pocket and found Sinorice Moss deep in the middle of the field in front of zone coverage. After making the catch Moss bounced to the outside and raced up the sideline for a 64-yard touchdown. Jon Peattie missed the extra point as it hit the right upright.
Wake Forest quarterback Cory Randolph threw an interception on the following possession deep into double coverage as Kelly Jennings came up with the ball. Jennings, his third interception in two games, returned it 38 yards to give the ‘Canes good field possession—something they had throughout the first half.
Wright found Darnell Jenkins for his second touchdown of the game with an 11-yard reception.
Ryan Moore, who finished with a season-high 88 yards receiving, caught his fourth touchdown pass of the season just before halftime when Wright found him for 15 yards on the left side of the field.
Miami took a 34-17 lead into halftime.
In the second half Wright connected on touchdown passes to Lance Leggett (76 yards) and Greg Olsen (10 yards) as a number of Hurricanes received playing time.
The Hurricanes finished with 515 yards in total offense.
Note: It was the second year in a row the Hurricanes passed for a season-high against Wake Forest, last year they had 424 passing yards…K Jon Peattie missed two extra points, he had only missed one in his three-year career… Miami has allowed just 4.9 points per game in the second half..LB Jon Beason led the defense with 12 tackles
Christopher Stock is a Senior Writer & Assistant Editor with CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at email@example.com
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