Duke drops an overtime decision to Wake Forest

[private]The tone for the game was set when Jabari Marshall fumbled returning the opening kick-off and Wake Forest recovered at the Duke 22 yard line. The fumble was the first of four turnovers to go along with a blocked punt for a Safety and a missed 42 yard Field Goal that would have won the game as regulation expired. Duke simply had too many miscues to overcome as they dropped a frustrating 33-30 decision to the Wake Forest Demon Deacons.

Wake Forest took advantage of Duke’s generosity and converted the turnovers into points. Quarterback Riley Skinner scored on a 1 yard run, after Marshall’s fumble, to give Wake a 7-0 lead. The Demon Deacons went up 9-7 as a result of blocking a Kevin Jones punt out of the end zone for a Safety. In the 3rd Quarter, Thaddeus Lewis threw an interception that Wake Forest converted into a TD run and a 19-7 lead. Duke’s defense forced Wake Forest to punt early in the 4th Quarter, but Donovan Varner could not handle the punt and Wake recovered at the 33 yard line. A 20 yard Riley Skinner to D.J. Boldin touchdown pass and successful 2-point conversion pass resulted in a 30-23 Wake Forest lead. Duke turned the ball over three times in regulation and Wake Forest converted those turnovers into three touchdowns. Thaddeus Lewis threw a second interception during overtime resulting in a Demon Deacons victory.

The Blue Devils outgained the Demon Deacons 376 to 344 yards, and made 21 1st downs to Wake Forest’s 16. Jay Hollingsworth rushed for 67 yards and a touchdown, while Tony Jackson contributed 63 yards on the ground. Eron Riley and Brett Huffman both gathered in six receptions for 71 yards each. Clifford Harris had two receptions for 53 yards and two touchdowns.

With the loss, Duke falls to 4-4 and 1-3 in the ACC. Next up for Duke is North Carolina State next Saturday at Wallace Wade Stadium.

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