Wake Forest 19, NC State 18
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) _ Matt Burdick kicked a 37-yard field goal with 43 seconds left Thursday night as Wake Forest reversed its recent trend of losing close games by edging North Carolina State 19-18.
The Demon Deacons (2-2, 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) had lost by one point to East Carolina and by two against Georgia Tech in each of the last two weeks after blowing first-half leads.
Burdick’s game-winning kick helped Wake Forest break a nine-game losing streak against the Wolfpack (3-2, 1-2). It also snapped a seven-year skid in which the Demon Deacons had started 0-2 in the ACC.
The Wolfpack, with no timeouts left, drove to the Wake Forest 41, but Chris Hensler’s 52-yard field goal attempt was about five yards short and the Wake Forest students stormed the field as time ran out.
Wake Forest won despite turning the ball over five times.
Trailing 18-16 with 3:29 left, the Demon Deacons got the ball at midfield and Brian Kuklick, who was 23-of-34 for 275 yards, went to work. He completed a 10-yard pass and then hit Jamie Deese on a diving 13-yard connection on third-and-8 to the Wolfpack 22.
Wake Forest then milked the clock with runs, forcing the Wolfpack to use two timeouts and then a third to try to rattle Burdick. But the sophomore from Winston-Salem made the 37-yarder with room to spare.
Kuklick threw two TD passes, his last one bringing the Demon Deacons to within two points with 12 minutes left. It was the sixth straight game the junior quarterback has thrown for at least 250 yards.
Deese caught a career-high nine passes for 104 yards and Desmond Clark had seven catches for 134 yards.