Sunday, November 13, 2022

UNC Clinches ACC Coastal Division with Close Win Over Wake Forest

WINSTON-SALEM – Drake Maye threw for 448 yards and three touchdowns and ran for a touchdown to lead the #15 ranked North Carolina Tar Heels to a 36-34 win over Wake Forest on Saturday evening. Sam Hartman had 320 yards and four touchdowns in the losing effort for the Demon Deacons.

UNC came out strong in the first quarter with Maye connecting with Josh Downs, their first of three touchdown connections on the night, six minutes into the game. The Tar Heels scored touchdowns on four of their first five drives of the night.

When it seemed like the top-fifteen Heels were going to run away with the game, the Wake Forest offense came alive, tallying touchdowns on three straight drives in the first half, making it a one-score game at the half.

The Demon Deacons used the third quarter to take the lead over the Tar Heels, with Hartman netting two of his scoring passes in the quarter. After AT Perry made a great grab to give the home team the lead, Maye responded for the Tar Heels, running it in from five yards out. It was the last touchdown the Tar Heels would score on the evening. Wake Forest’s Donavon Green got behind the defense, snagged in a ball from Hartman, and raced sixty yards to the end zone to give the Demon Deacons a one-point lead going into the final quarter.

North Carolina started the fourth quarter on the Wake Forest one-yard line, but the Demon Deacons defense stepped up and stuffed the Tar Heels, keeping them out of the end zone and turning them over on downs. Wake Forest then marched ninety-one yards down the field on eleven plays before the UNC defense returned the favor, stopping the Demon Deacons on downs. The decision to not kick the field goal would come back to haunt Wake Forest as Noah Burnette was able to kick the go-ahead field goal for the Tar Heels, giving them a two-point lead, a margin that held through the final whistle.


Key Stats

North Carolina was 10 of 16 on third down while Wake Forest was 3 of 12. Wake Forest was 4 of 6 on fourth down, though.

North Carolina led the time of possession battle, 33:02 to 26:58.

Both teams were great in the red zone with North Carolina scoring six times on eight tries with Wake Forest scoring on three of their four trips.


Notable North Carolinians

Drake Maye (Myers Park) – The redshirt freshman was 31 of 49 for 448 yards and three touchdowns while leading the team with 71 rushing yards and a touchdown.

Sam Hartman (Davidson Day) – The senior quarterback threw for 320 yards and four touchdowns. Hartman became just the second quarterback to throw for over 100 touchdowns in his career.

Donavon Green (Mount Airy) – The sophomore receiver scored two touchdowns on the evening for Wake Forest.

Cedric Gray (Ardrey Kell) – The junior linebacker led the Tar Heels with nine tackles, including five solo tackles.


Next Week

Both teams are at home next Saturday as North Carolina (9-1, 6-0) hosts Georgia Tech at 5:30pm while Wake Forest (6-4, 2-4) hosts Syracuse at 8:00 pm.