Just a week before their showdown with the Florida State Seminoles, the seventh-ranked Miami Hurricanes first had to deal with the Wake Forest Demon Deacons coming in to Sunlife Stadium. The ‘Canes were 26-point favorites before the game started, and Wake Forest was having none of that.
In the end, though, Miami was able to hold off a valiant upset bid from head coach Jim Grobe and crew, 24-21.
Late in the fourth quarter after Wake Forest was able to take a 21-17 lead after a 44-yard catch-and-run play from QB Tanner Price to Dominique Gibson, the ‘Canes drove 73 yards in ten plays and capped it off with a one-yard Duke Johnson TD run with 53 seconds left to put this one away.
Once again, Johnson was the backbone of this Miami offense, rushing for 168 yards on 30 carries with two touchdowns, including that game-winner.
It wasn’t as easy as expected, but now Miami can look ahead to their eventual undefeated, top ten showdown with Florida State next week, assuming that the ‘Noles take care of business today against N.C. State.
Wake Forest drops to 4-4 on the year now, but still have a chance to clinch themselves a bowl berth within the next four games if they can pull off two more victories.