Deacs Fall 27-21 In OT

RALEIGH, N.C. - T.A. McLendon capped a rally from a 14-point deficit by running for an 8-yard touchdown in overtime, giving North Carolina State a 27-21 victory over Wake Forest on Saturday.

After Matt Wisnosky missed a 34-yard field goal in the extra period for the Demon Deacons, McLendon ran three straight plays up the middle to move the Wolfpack to the 8. Coach Chuck Amato decided against going for a field goal on third down - John Deraney already had missed two - and McLendon powered into the end zone. McLendon finished with 139 yards on the ground and two TDs. The Wolfpack (3-1, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) seemingly were out of it at the half, their top-ranked defense shredded for 180 yards to that point - nearly 20 more than its average through three games. A 1-yard touchdown by Micah Andrews and Marcus McGruder's 22-yard interception return gave Wake Forest its two-TD lead.

But after three quarters, the Demon Deacons still were stuck on 180 yards, held to three consecutive three-and-outs. Meanwhile, NC State finally found some offense with quarterback Jay Davis.

Davis might have finally silenced his critics with a brilliant final 30 minutes. He threw a 57-yard touchdown pass to Sterling Hicks to make it 14-7 barely 90 seconds into the third quarter, then added a 58-yard pass to Tramain Hall on the next possession to set up McLendon's 3-yard score to tie it.

Finally, Bobby Washington capped a 66-yard drive with the first touchdown of his college career, and NC State led 21-14.

Mercifully for the Demon Deacons (3-2, 0-2), the quarter finally ended, and they started the fourth with an 80-yard drive. Andrews bulled in from the 1 for his second TD, making it 21-21.

Behind Davis and McLendon, the Wolfpack moved all the way to the Wake Forest 10. Davis' pass for Hall was high on third down, and Deraney pushed a 27-yard field goal to the right with less than three minutes left.

In overtime, the Deacons couldn't get a first down and were forced to rely on Wisnosky's leg, but he banged his kick off the left upright to give the edge to NC State. McLendon made it pay off.

Davis finished 16-for-21 for 228 yards, and Wake Forest had 202 of its 263 yards on the ground.


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