GAMEDAY College Football

North Carolina 36, Wake Forest 34

(AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

By AARON BEARD
AP Sports Writer

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Noah Burnette kicked a 33-yard field goal with 2:12 left and No. 15 North Carolina's defense came up with two key fourth-quarter stops to beat Wake Forest 36-34 and secure spot in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game.

The Tar Heels (9-1, 6-0) won the league's Coastal Division title with the road win in a marquee matchup of star quarterbacks Drake Maye of UNC and Sam Hartman of Wake Forest. And while the offenses had the edge all night, the Tar Heels' defense pitched in at critical moments to keep them unbeaten in league play.

On the first, Cam'Ron Kelly jumped in front of Hartman's throw over the middle for an interception to set the Tar Heels up near midfield and set up Burnette's go-ahead kick.

Then, the Tar Heels pressured Hartman into a fourth-down incompletion over the middle with 64 seconds left - a moment that had the Tar Heels players beginning to skip around on the sideline in anticipation. The Tar Heels managed to kill the rest of the clock, starting a brief celebration of the program's second trip to the ACC title game and first since 2015 - this one coming under Mack Brown in his second tenure with the school.

Maye threw for 448 yards and three touchdowns, each going to Josh Downs who continued his tear of late. Downs finished with 11 grabs for 154 yards, with all three of his scores coming before halftime.

Sam Hartman threw for 320 yards and four touchdowns for Wake Forest (6-4, 2-4). Donavon Greene had two of those scores, including a 60-yarder late in the third quarter for a 34-33 lead.

THE TAKEAWAY

UNC: The Tar Heels arrived on the brink of clinching the division title winner's trip to Charlotte to face No. 12 Clemson for the ACC title on Dec. 3. The offense had been the driving force behind Maye, who entered the weekend leading the Bowl Subdivision ranks with 31 touchdown passes. They had a cushion in the division but took care of any doubt while also improving to 6-0 on the road this season.

Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons had pushed to the top 10 of the AP Top 25 before road losses at Syracuse and No. 17 North Carolina State. Those losses had featured protection problems for Hartman by surrendering 12 sacks. The Demon Deacons also defied one of the principal laws that had helped them build sustained success by struggling with self-inflicted mistakes, namely 11 turnovers in the two games while committing nine penalties for 74 yards in the N.C. State loss. They avoided most of those issues this time, though Hartman's pick with 4:20 left proved critical.

November 12, 2022


Scoring Summary
First Quarter UNCWake
UNC TD 9:17 Josh Downs 12 yd pass from Drake Maye (Noah Burnette kick) 7 0
UNC TD 7:13 Elijah Green 5 yd run (Noah Burnette kick) 14 0
Wake TD 3:21 Taylor Morin 7 yd pass from Sam Hartman (Matthew Dennis kick) 14 7
Second Quarter UNCWake
UNC TD 13:23 Josh Downs 7 yd pass from Drake Maye (Noah Burnette kick) 21 7
Wake TD 9:13 Christian Turner 1 yd run (Matthew Dennis kick) 21 14
Wake TD 4:06 Donavon Greene 7 yd pass from Sam Hartman (Matthew Dennis kick) 21 21
UNC TD 2:22 Josh Downs 20 yd pass from Drake Maye (missed kick) 27 21
Third Quarter UNCWake
Wake TD 8:35 A.T. Perry 32 yd pass from Sam Hartman (Matthew Dennis kick) 27 28
UNC TD 5:27 Drake Maye 5 yd run (failed 2pt rush) 33 28
Wake TD 4:26 Donavon Greene 60 yd pass from Sam Hartman (failed 2pt pass) 33 34
Fourth Quarter UNCWake
UNC FG 2:12 Noah Burnette 33 yd FG 36 34
Team Stats
  North Carolina Wake Forest
First downs 30 23
  Rushing 10 8
  Passing 19 12
  Penalty 1 3
3rd Down Efficiency 10-16, 63% 3-12, 25%
4th down efficiency 0-2, 0% 4-6, 67%
Rushes-Yards 38-136 41-170
Passing Yards 448 320
Return Yards 99 43
Completions-Attempts-Int 31-49-0 18-31-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 3--21 1--14
Punts 3 3
Punts-Average 41.7 44
Fumbles Lost 0-0 1-0
Penalties - Yards 8-78 7-56
Time of Possession 33:02 26:58
North Carolina Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
D. Maye 31 49 448 3 0
Wake Forest Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
S. Hartman 18 31 320 4 1
North Carolina Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
D. Maye 19 71 3.7 1
E. Green 18 66 3.7 1
Wake Forest Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
J. Ellison 16 81 5.1 0
C. Turner 12 41 3.4 1
Q. Cooley 6 36 6.0 0
S. Hartman 7 12 1.7 0
North Carolina Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Downs 11 154 14.0 3
A. Green 4 81 20.3 0
B. Nesbit 5 63 12.6 0
J. Copenhaver 2 41 20.5 0
E. Green 3 30 10.0 0
J. Jones 1 25 25.0 0
K. Paysour 1 22 22.0 0
G. Blackwell 2 20 10.0 0
K. Morales 2 12 6.0 0
Wake Forest Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
T. Morin 5 106 21.2 1
D. Greene 4 85 21.3 2
A. Perry 5 63 12.6 1
K. Williams 2 44 22.0 0
J. Banks 2 22 11.0 0
North Carolina Interceptions
Player Int Yards
C. Kelly 1 23
Wake Forest Interceptions
Player Int Yards
North Carolina Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
B. Kiernan 3 125 41.7
Wake Forest Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
I. Mora 3 132 44.0
North Carolina Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Wake Forest Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
T. Morin 1 14 14.0
North Carolina Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
W. Hardy 2 50 25.0
G. Pettaway 1 25 25.0
R. Caldwell 1 1 1.0
Wake Forest Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
K. Williams 2 29 14.5
North Carolina Missed FG
Player Length
Wake Forest Missed FG
Player Length




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