Wake, Duke and UNC all trail, but all three come back to win

Posted by Andy Durham on September 12, 2009 at 4:08 pm under College | 4 Comments to Read

from theacc.com:
North Carolina 12, Connecticut 10
12:00 PM
East Hartford, Conn.

Wake Forest 24, Stanford 17
12:00 PM
Winston-Salem, N.C.

Duke 35, Army 19
12:00 PM
West Point, N.Y.

WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) – Duke backup quarterback Sean Renfree threw two second-half touchdowns and completed seven of his first eight passes to lead the Blue Devils to a 35-19 win over Army on Saturday.

Renfree threw for 106 yards and connected on his first career attempt for a 17-yard scoring pass to with Brett Huffman that gave the Blue Devils (1-1) their first lead of the game, 14-10, midway through the third quarter. Renfree later threw a 31-yard TD to an open Donovan Varner on the first play the fourth quarter for a 21-13 advantage.

Leon Wright returned two interceptions for touchdowns of 51 and 33 yards in final 1:48 to seal it.

Army (1-1), in coach Rich Ellerson’s Michie Stadium debut, got a quick touchdown with its triple option offense. But the Black Knights didn’t score another touchdown until time expired.

Patrick Mealy led Army with 99 yards rushing on 10 carries. The Black Knights outgained Duke, 385 yards to 236.

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – Riley Skinner scored on a 1-yard keeper with 2 seconds remaining and Wake Forest rallied from a 14-point deficit to beat Stanford 24-17 on Saturday.

Skinner finished 18 of 26 for 187 yards with a touchdown pass for the Demon Deacons (1-1). His 44-yard pass to third-stringer Lovell Jackson with less than a minute left set up his winning score.

Redshirt freshman Andrew Luck was 23 of 34 for 276 yards with two touchdowns to Ryan Whalen for the Cardinal (1-1). They were denied their first 2-0 start since 2004.

Skinner’s score capped a remarkable second-half rally for the slow-starting Demon Deacons, who trailed 17-3 at halftime before scoring touchdowns on consecutive possessions – and big plays on fourth downs led to both scores.

Mike Rinfrette ran 3 yards for a TD, one play after Josh Adams’ 15-yard run on fourth-and-2, and Skinner tied it early in the fourth quarter with a 19-yard scoring pass to Jordan Williams on fourth-and-4.

The decisive drive was all Skinner. He ran 12 yards on an option keeper and hit Devon Brown over the middle for 20 yards before hitting Jackson – a redshirt freshman who didn’t appear on the depth chart – behind cornerback Corey Gatewood. He was tripped up at the 2, and three plays later, Skinner pushed into the end zone to give Wake Forest its first lead of the season.

There were seven laterals on the ensuing kickoff before the Cardinal fumbled the ball near midfield and Scott Betros pounced on it to end the game.

It marked the end of a dominating second half by Wake Forest, which gained 311 of its 458 yards and scored all three touchdowns after the break. The Demon Deacons have scored 35 of their 45 points this season in the second half.

Nate Whitaker kicked Stanford’s longest field goal in two decades, a 54-yarder on the final play of a first half in which the Cardinal rolled up 275 total yards and had the ball for nearly twice as long as Wake Forest did.

Playing its first game in the East since 2005, Stanford didn’t seem at all sluggish early. Luck capped his opening possession by floating a pass to the corner of the end zone to a diving Whalen, who beat Brandon Ghee – the Demon Deacons’ most experienced player in their back seven – to put the Cardinal up 7-0 barely 4 minutes in.

The two hooked up again midway through the second quarter, with Luck finding Whalen over the middle from 17 yards out to make it 14-3.

Shane Popham kicked a 20-yard field goal for Wake Forest. Whitaker’s kick clipped the crossbar and trickled over to match a 26-year-old BB&T Field record and stretch the lead to 14.

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – Connecticut’s Dan Ryan was called for holding in the end zone with 1:32 left in the game Saturday, giving No. 19 North Carolina a safety and a 12-10 comeback win over the Huskies.

The Tar Heels (2-0) trailed 10-0 entering the fourth quarter, when Casey Barth kicked a 22-yard field goal. Then, T.J. Yates led the team on two 13-play drive, and his 2-yard touchdown pass to tight end Zack Pianalto with 2:36 left tied the game at 10.

Pianalto hurt his leg jumping up and down after the score and had to be taken from the field in an air cast, another bizarre moment from a game that ended in crazy fashion.

After the safety, UConn recovered the onside kick but couldn’t get into field-goal range.

The Huskies (1-1) were playing without its best defensive player, injured linebacker Scott Lutrus, and lost starting quarterback Zack Frazer to a knee injury late in the third quarter.


  • football fan said,

    UNC got really lucky today against a bad uconn team. They would have lost if uconn had their starting qb.

  • total agreement said,

    That is so correct. UNC is OVERRATED.

  • UNCMTH '13 said,

    UNC is not overrated. Maybe the score isn’t what it should have been but a win is a win. The headline should have never been UNC slips by UConn. It should be UNC rallies to beat UConn. The offense picked up and started to march down the field and the defense became the X-factor in the game. As far as the safety is concerned, even if the safety did not happen, the game would have probably gone to overtime and trust me, UNC would have won 17-10, 17-13, or 13-10. UNC had all of the momentum. I’m sure the offense will be practicing their butts off in preparation for this stretch of ECU and Ga. Tech. They’ll be ready. UNC isn’t #19/#24 in the polls for nothing.

  • overrated said,

    Good teams should not have to wait to rally. YES they are overrated.