Wake Forest boots memories

Published October 15, 2006

RALEIGH, N.C. - Sam Swank and Wake Forest won't have to hear any more about a botched field goal that started a collapse against Clemson. Not after the Demon Deacons bounced back against North Carolina State.

Swank kicked three field goals of more than 50 yards while Riley Skinner threw a touchdown pass to lead Wake Forest past N.C. State 25-23 on Saturday, earning the Demon Deacons' first win here in 22 years and making them bowl-eligible.

Nate Morton had the 57-yard TD catch just before halftime for the Demon Deacons, who ended a 10-game losing streak at Carter-Finley Stadium. The win gave coach Jim Grobe the school record for most ACC wins with 15, while giving Wake Forest its first 6-1 start since 1979.

"We're kind of breaking new ground right now," Grobe said. "I think the teams that think about all that pie-in-the-sky down at the end of the year are the teams that do it every year. So for us, our biggest issue right now is keeping the players' feet on the ground."

Last week against Clemson, Wake Forest led 17-3 entering the fourth quarter, but Clemson's Gaines Adams forced a fumble on a bad snap and returned it 66 yards for a TD in a 27-17 win.

This time, Swank kicked a 51-yard field goal and a pair of 53-yarders - tying the school record for longest kicks - to help the Demon Deacons hold onto a 22-14 halftime lead. He became the fifth player to kick three field goals of 50-plus yards in a game in NCAA history and the first since North Carolina's Dan Orner in 2002.

Maryland 28, Virginia 26: The Terrapins scored 28 consecutive points and rallied from a 20-point deficit to beat host Virginia in Charlottesville.

"That could be the momentum we need to finish out this tough schedule," said tailback Keon Lattimore, who had a go-ahead 56-yard touchdown run with 9:11 left.

Maryland scored its last 21 points in a span of 6:11 on a 3-yard run by Sam Hollenbach, Lattimore's long run and an interception and 45-yard touchdown return by Erin Henderson to lead 28-20.

The Cavaliers' Jameel Sewell found Kevin Ogletree for a 44-yard touchdown with 2:37 left. But Josh Wilson broke up Sewell's 2-point pass.