Scores

Final

Wake Forest 10

(4-3, 2-2 ACC)

Miami (FL) 16

(5-3, 2-2 ACC)

12:00 PM ET, October 25, 2008

Sun Life Stadium, MIAMI, FL

1 2 3 4 T
WAKE 7 3 0 010
MIA 3 0 10 316

Top Performers

Passing: R. Marve (PUR) - 153 YDS

Rushing: J. Adams (WAKE) - 21 CAR, 111 YDS

Receiving: T. Benjamin (MIA) - 4 REC, 72 YDS

Hurricanes beat Demon Deacons for back-to-back ACC wins

Associated Press

MIAMI -- Robert Marve had a 1-yard touchdown run to put Miami ahead for good, Matt Bosher kicked three field goals, and the Hurricanes' defense stiffened considerably in the second half on the way to beating Wake Forest 16-10 on Saturday.

Marve completed 11 of 20 passes for 153 yards and set up the go-ahead score in the third quarter with a 43-yard rush, helping Miami (5-3, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) win consecutive league games for the first time since October 2006.

Marve then hit Thearon Collier with a perfect 25-yard pass on third-and-10 with 3 minutes left, getting Miami to midfield and allowing the Hurricanes to run out the clock.

Josh Adams had 21 carries for 111 yards for Wake Forest (4-3, 2-2), which marched 66 yards for a touchdown on the game's first drive, but didn't find the end zone the rest of the day. The Demon Deacons rushed a season-high 52 times for 195 yards, but quarterback Riley Skinner was only 3-for-8 for 57 yards.

Since the start of the 2007 season, Wake Forest has had three games where it rushed at least 50 times, and lost them all.

Bosher's field goals were from 36, 52 and 43 yards for Miami, which matched last season's win total with four games remaining. Miami has won three straight overall, and extended its streak on a day where the 1983 national title team -- the school's first of five championship clubs -- was honored at halftime.

The Hurricanes avoided disaster in the closing minutes.

Bosher shanked a punt for only 15 yards, giving Wake Forest the ball at the Miami 46 with 4:24 left, but the Hurricanes' defense forced a quick three-and-out. Marve came back into the game with 3:13 left, found Collier with the big strike, and Wake Forest ran out of time outs from there.

Wake Forest came into the game with the 111th-ranked rushing offense -- out of 119 major college teams -- in the nation, averaging 95 yards and 2.6 yards per carry. Miami's run defense? It entered the day ranked 20th nationally.

Shows what stats are worth.

The Demon Deacons rushed the ball on all 10 plays in a 66-yard, up-the-gut drive to open the game, capped by Mike Rinfrette's 1-yard touchdown.

Nothing about Miami's defensive front dissuaded Wake Forest from pounding away: The Demon Deacons ran the ball on each of their first 24 plays, almost exclusively lining up in a Power-I formation for the first time this year. Before Saturday, Wake hadn't had more than six consecutive run calls at any point this season. And by halftime, Wake Forest was up to 32 carries, only five shy of its per-game average.

But after the initial drive, Miami chipped away, getting a field goal from Bosher to cut the lead to 7-3, then the 52-yarder from Bosher on the first series of the second half -- after Sam Shields took a handoff on the kick return and got the ball into Wake Forest territory -- to come within 10-6.

A three-and-out by Wake followed, and Marve put together a seven-play, 65-yard drive to give Miami the lead for good.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
WAKE
MIA
1st Downs1311
Total Yards252296
Passing57194
Rushing195102
Penalties3-305-60
3rd Down Conversions3-137-17
4th Down Conversions1-20-2
Turnovers10
Possession31:5828:02

Passing Leaders

Wake ForestC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Skinner3/8577.100
Miami (FL)C/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Marve11/201537.700

Rushing Leaders

Wake ForestCARYDSAVGTDLG
Adams211115.3023
Pendergrass13544.2025
Miami (FL)CARYDSAVGTDLG
Marve9566.2143
Cooper12272.308

Receiving Leaders

Wake ForestRECYDSAVGTDLG
Boldin14545.0045
Belton188.008
Miami (FL)RECYDSAVGTDLG
Benjamin47218.0048
Collier23115.5025

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERWAKEMIA
TD10:01Mike Rinfrette 1 Yd Run (Shane Popham Kick) 70
FG04:11Matt Bosher 36 Yd 73
SECOND QUARTERWAKEMIA
FG13:42Shane Popham 24 Yd 103
THIRD QUARTERWAKEMIA
FG13:18Matt Bosher 52 Yd 106
TD08:03Robert Marve 1 Yd Run (Matt Bosher Kick) 1013
FOURTH QUARTERWAKEMIA
FG12:09Matt Bosher 43 Yd 1016