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Wake defense holds Tulane to FG in 7-3 win over Green Wave

In an ugly offensive performance, the Wake Forest defense held on for dear life in a 7-3 win over Tulane Thursday night.

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The Wake Forest defense made a 2nd-quarter touchdown hold up in a 7-3 win over Tulane Thursday night at BB&T Field.

The Deacs sputtered on offense, gaining just 177 yards for the game, but allowed Tulane’s new read option system to just 154 yards on the ground.

Wake took a 7-3 lead early in the 2nd quarter on a 12-play, 53-yard drive capped by a Kendall Hinton 1-yard run where he walked into the end zone untouched after faking the handoff to Colburn.

Both Wolford and Hinton contributed on the drive, but Hinton got the momentum rolling with a pair of 1st-down rushes for a combined 17 yards.

Tulane struck first with a 41-yard field goal by Andrew DiRocco on the Green Wave’s first drive. Wake forced a three-and-out, but Tulane got a second chance after Steven Claude was flagged for roughing the kicker on the punt.  

Tulane threatened late, but a 4th-and-3 on the Wake 14 was snuffed out with 4:22 left in the game.

Wake was unable to run out the clock, and Tulane got the ball back with 1:35 left in the game at their own 36. The Green Wave converted a 4th-and-10 from their own 36 for 17 yards to extend the drive with 1:12 left. After three incompletions, Julian Jackson forced a fumble that was recovered by Shelldon Lewinson to secure the Wake victory. 

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