GAMEDAY College Football

Gator Bowl: Wake Forest 38, Rutgers 10

(AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

By MARK LONG
AP Sports Writer

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Sam Hartman tossed three touchdown passes, two of them to tight end Brandon Chapman, and No. 20 Wake Forest beat Rutgers 38-10 in the Gator Bowl to reach 11 wins for the second time in program history.

Hartman completed 23 of 39 passes for 304 yards. He added 21 more yards rushing and pushed his touchdown total to 50 this season - 39 passing and 11 rushing.

The Demon Deacons (11-3) controlled the game from the start, scoring on their first three drives and opening a double-digit lead just before halftime. It played out about as expected given Rutgers (5-8) was a late replacement for 23rd-ranked Texas A&M.

The Aggies pulled out because of a lack of available players due to injuries, opt-outs, transfers and COVID-19 issues. The NCAA gave Rutgers the first shot at filling the void because it had the highest Academic Progress Rate score of all the eligible 5-7 teams.

Rutgers coach Greg Schiano hastily gathered his players from Christmas break and held two practices in a heated bubble before heading south. They got in two more in nearby Ponte Vedra Beach this week before taking the field.

Nonetheless, they looked far from ready to face one of the nation's best offenses.

Wake Forest averaged a program-best 41.9 points coming into the game, which ranked second in the Atlantic Coast Conference and fifth in the nation.

The Demon Deacons finished with 450 yards. They converted 8 of 14 third downs and their lone fourth-down try.

The turning point came in the second quarter, when cornerback Gavin Holmes stepped in front of Noah Vedral's pass to Joshua Youngblood at the goal line and intercepted it. Wake led 17-10 at the time and ended up driving for a field goal and a 10-point lead at the break.

Vedral was one of five players who threw passes for Rutgers. He completed 8 of 13 passes for 87 yards and the interception.

A.T. Perry caught 10 passes for 127 yards and a score for Wake Forest.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter WakeRut
Wake TD 11:34 Brandon Chapman 4 yd pass from Sam Hartman (Nick Sciba kick) 7 0
Rut TD 5:11 Aaron Young 12 yd run (Valentino Ambrosio kick) 7 7
Wake TD 2:16 A.T. Perry 29 yd pass from Sam Hartman (Nick Sciba kick) 14 7
Second Quarter WakeRut
Rut FG 12:02 Valentino Ambrosio 28 yd FG 14 10
Wake FG 8:21 Nick Sciba 37 yd FG 17 10
Wake FG 0:00 Nick Sciba 29 yd FG 20 10
Third Quarter WakeRut
Wake FG 6:37 Nick Sciba 23 yd FG 23 10
Fourth Quarter WakeRut
Wake TD 12:24 Brandon Chapman 1 yd pass from Sam Hartman (A.T. Perry 2pt pass from Sam Hartman) 31 10
Wake TD 4:15 Justice Ellison 27 yd run (Nick Sciba kick) 38 10
Team Stats
  Wake Forest Rutgers
First downs 28 17
  Rushing 11 6
  Passing 13 9
  Penalty 4 2
3rd Down Efficiency 8-15, 53% 5-13, 38%
4th down efficiency 1-1, 100% 1-4, 25%
Rushes-Yards 37-148 29-110
Passing Yards 304 165
Return Yards 29 146
Completions-Attempts-Int 23-39-0 18-33-2
Sacks-Yards Lost 3--26 3--16
Punts 2 2
Punts-Average 49 42
Fumbles Lost 1-0 1-0
Penalties - Yards 3-35 7-49
Time of Possession 30:05 29:55
Wake Forest Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
S. Hartman 23 39 304 3 0
Rutgers Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
N. Vedral 8 13 87 0 1
G. Wimsatt 7 16 30 0 1
I. Washington 1 1 27 0 0
J. Langan 2 2 21 0 0
E. Simon 0 1 0 0 0
Wake Forest Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
J. Ellison 9 59 6.6 1
C. Turner 10 43 4.3 0
C. Beal-Smith 8 23 2.9 0
S. Hartman 6 21 3.5 0
Q. Cooley 4 2 0.5 0
Rutgers Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
G. Wimsatt 4 38 9.5 0
A. Young 7 33 4.7 1
J. Langan 6 20 3.3 0
N. Vedral 10 17 1.7 0
J. Wright-Collins 2 2 1.0 0
Wake Forest Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
A. Perry 10 127 12.7 1
T. Morin 4 58 14.5 0
D. Stewart 2 43 21.5 0
K. Williams 2 38 19.0 0
B. Whiteheart 2 35 17.5 0
B. Chapman 2 5 2.5 2
J. Ellison 1 -2 -2.0 0
Rutgers Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Langan 6 57 9.5 0
J. Haskins 2 32 16.0 0
J. Youngblood 2 25 12.5 0
I. Washington 2 20 10.0 0
M. Alaimo 1 17 17.0 0
J. Wright-Collins 3 5 1.7 0
S. Jones 1 5 5.0 0
C. Dremel 1 4 4.0 0
Wake Forest Interceptions
Player Int Yards
G. Holmes 1 2
Z. Keith 1 0
Rutgers Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Wake Forest Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
I. Mora 2 98 49.0
Rutgers Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
A. Korsak 2 84 42.0
Wake Forest Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Rutgers Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Wake Forest Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
T. Morin 2 27 13.5
Rutgers Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Youngblood 5 110 22.0
A. Young 1 36 36.0
Wake Forest Missed FG
Player Length
Rutgers Missed FG
Player Length




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