Scores

Final/OT

Duke 30

(4-4, 1-3 ACC)

Wake Forest 33

(5-3, 3-2 ACC)

3:30 PM ET, November 1, 2008

BB&T FIELD, WINSTON-SALEM, NC

1 2 3 4 OT T
DUKE 7 0 13 10 030
WAKE 9 3 10 8 333

Top Performers

Passing: T. Lewis (DUKE) - 229 YDS, 2 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: J. Hollingsworth (DUKE) - 15 CAR, 67 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: D. Boldin (WAKE) - 8 REC, 89 YDS, 1 TD

Popham hits 28-yard field goal in OT to propel Wake Forest past Duke

Associated Press

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Shane Popham kicked a 28-yard field goal in overtime, and Alphonso Smith intercepted Thaddeus Lewis' last pass near the goal line to seal Wake Forest's 33-30 victory over Duke on Saturday night.

Riley Skinner finished 18-of-31 for 232 yards yards with a touchdown and added a short scoring run for the Demon Deacons (5-3, 3-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who blew a 12-point second-half lead but made it to overtime when Duke's Nick Maggio missed a 41-yard field goal as time expired.

The Demon Deacons gained 14 yards on six plays in OT to set up Popham's third field goal. Then Smith ended Duke's possession on its second play, when he jumped in front of Lewis' long pass to Eron Riley at about the 2 for his second interception of the game.

Lewis finished 18-of-26 for 229 yards with two touchdown passes to Clifford Harris for Duke (4-4, 1-3), and he led four consecutive scoring drives in the second half to rally the Blue Devils from a 19-7 deficit. They hooked up from 20 yards out to tie it 30-30 with just under 7 minutes remaining.

That score came after Wake Forest seemed to have taken control. The Demon Deacons recovered Donovan Varner's fumbled punt return at the 33 to set up Skinner's 20-yard scoring pass to D.J. Boldin with about 12 1/2 minutes to play. They hooked up on the subsequent 2-point conversion to put the Demon Deacons ahead 30-23.

Smith blocked a punt for a safety and Popham -- filling in for injured all-ACC kicker Sam Swank -- added field goals of 24 and 44 yards.

Boldin caught eight passes for 89 yards and Brandon Pendergrass finished with 64 yards rushing and a 2-yard touchdown run for the Demon Deacons, who gained 344 total yards and turned them into touchdowns for a change.

They entered having scored just two offensive touchdowns in four previous league games, a big reason why they entered having lost two straight.

The Blue Devils gained 276 of their 376 total yards in the second half, but couldn't overcome four turnovers.

Instead, they wound up losing for the ninth straight time in the series and were denied their first ACC road victory in five years. Their second straight visit to Winston-Salem ended with a fouled-up field goal attempt at the buzzer costing them a win -- two years ago, Wake Forest blocked Joe Surgan's 28-yard field goal as time expired, a victory that propelled the Demon Deacons to the ACC title.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
DUKE
WAKE
1st Downs2116
Total Yards376344
Passing231232
Rushing145112
Penalties3-436-73
3rd Down Conversions5-119-18
4th Down Conversions1-10-2
Turnovers41
Possession31:0428:56

Passing Leaders

DukeC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Lewis18/262298.822
Wake ForestC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Skinner18/312327.510

Rushing Leaders

DukeCARYDSAVGTDLG
Hollingsworth15674.5114
Jackson12635.3022
Wake ForestCARYDSAVGTDLG
Pendergrass21643.0112
Skinner14362.6110

Receiving Leaders

DukeRECYDSAVGTDLG
Riley67111.8052
Huffman67111.8022
Wake ForestRECYDSAVGTDLG
Boldin88911.1127
Williams25025.0036

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERDUKEWAKE
TD12:07Riley Skinner 1 Yd Run (Shane Popham Kick) 07
TD07:00Donovan Varner 2 Yd Pass From Zack Asack (Nick Maggio Kick) 77
SF01:59Ball Through End Zone 79
SECOND QUARTERDUKEWAKE
FG11:52Shane Popham 24 Yd 712
THIRD QUARTERDUKEWAKE
TD08:45Brandon Pendergrass 2 Yd Run (Shane Popham Kick) 719
TD07:24Clifford Harris 33 Yd Pass From Thaddeus Lewis (Nick Maggio Kick) 1419
TD02:47Jay Hollingsworth 6 Yd Run (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 2019
FG01:22Shane Popham 44 Yd 2022
FOURTH QUARTERDUKEWAKE
FG12:23Nick Maggio 20 Yd 2322
TD10:16D.J. Boldin 20 Yd Pass From Riley Skinner (Riley Skinner Pass To D.J. Boldin For Two-Point Conversion) 2330
TD06:48Clifford Harris 20 Yd Pass From Thaddeus Lewis (Nick Maggio Kick) 3030
OVERTIMEDUKEWAKE
FGShane Popham 28 Yd 3033