November 22, 2014
Wake edges Tech 6-3 in 2OT
By Jimmy Robertson
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Virginia Tech (5-6) 0000303
Wake Forest (3-8) 0000336
  • BB&T Field - 27,820
  • Passing: Michael Brewer 126 yds
  • Rushing: J.C. Coleman 98 yds
  • Receiving: Bucky Hodges 39 yds

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Wake Forest kicker Mike Weaver shrugged off three missed field goals in regulation to make two in the extra sessions, including a 39-yarder that was the game winner, as the Demon Deacons knocked off Virginia Tech 6-3 in double overtime in an ACC game played at BB&T Field.

With the loss, the Hokies slipped to 5-6 overall on the season, 2-5 in ACC play, while Wake Forest snapped a six-game losing streak in moving to 3-8 overall, 1-6 in the ACC. The Demon Deacons snapped a five-game skid to the Hokies, beating them for the first time since Tech joined the ACC.

The loss leaves the Hokies needing a win next Friday against rival Virginia to become bowl eligible for the 22nd straight season.

“We’re not going to spend a lot of time with this ball game,” Tech coach Frank Beamer said. “I’m not going to spend a lot of time pointing fingers or anything else. There are so many plays in that game that you just scratch your head, and I don’t think lingering on that is what this football team needs. If we can get this next ball game, we beat our state rival, then we can get to a bowl game.

“It was a tough day at the office, one I don’t think anyone in the organization is proud of. Individually, you say, ‘What could I have done? What shouldn’t I have done that hurt this team, hurt our chances to win?’ There are a lot of those, not just players, but the whole organization.”

Tech’s defense played outstanding, shutting out the Demon Deacons in regulation and holding them to just 234 yards for the game. But the Hokies’ offense struggled to get anything going, only getting in the red zone once – in the first overtime after taking over at the 25-yard line.

The two teams were scoreless in regulation, though Wake had a chance to win it on the final play of regulation. The Demon Deacons drove from their own 20 to the Tech 19, and after a 9-yard run by quarterback John Wolford, they called a timeout with 4 seconds left to set up a 37-yard field-goal attempt by Weaver.

After missing two field goals in regulation wide left, Weaver pushed this attempt wide right, and the game went into overtime. Weaver came into the game having made 13 of his 14 attempts on the season – with the lone miss being a 54-yarder.

Wake registered the first score of the game on its first possession of overtime. The Demon Deacons lost six yards on three plays, and that set up a 49-yard field-goal attempt for Weaver, who drilled it to give the Demon Deacons a 3-0 lead.

The Hokies got the ball for their possession, and four straight J.C. Coleman runs got the Hokies to the Wake 10. But on third-and-5, quarterback Michael Brewer threw the ball away, and kicker Joey Slye hit a 28-yard field goal to tie the game at 3.

The Hokies then retained possession, but disaster struck on third-and-9 from the Wake 35. Brewer was sacked for an 11-yard loss, forcing Tech to trot out Slye for a 53-yard attempt. Slye just missed it wide left, setting up the Demon Deacons’ final possession.

“I got hit before I even finished looking at my first read,” Brewer said of the sack. “I was trying to hold onto the ball and get down and try to get some forward progress. They spotted me back pretty far.

“It’s really frustrating. We had a couple of good drives that we put together. Then we’ve had some stuff that happened. It just didn’t work out.”

Wake played it conservatively, running twice and then Wolford threw the ball away on third down. At the Tech 21, the Demon Deacons sent out Weaver to try a 39-yard field goal, and he drilled it to win the game.

Tech out-gained the Demon Deacons 254-234, led by J.C. Coleman’s 98 yards rushing. Brewer completed 15-of-28 for 126 yards, with one interception.

“Obviously, everybody’s pretty down,” Brewer said. “We thought we should have own the football game and didn’t. We understand that we’ve got to come out and win the next or we’re going to be sitting at home watching people play. It’s a pretty important week.”

Tech’s game with Virginia will kick off at 8 p.m. on Friday. The Hokies have won 10 straight in the series.

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