ACC Video: North Carolina vs. Wake Forest Football Highlights

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North Carolina vs. Wake Forest Football: Wake Forest had to hold on late, but they were able to beat North Carolina 24-18. The Demon Deacons jumped out to a fast 21-0 lead and had to hold on as UNC quarterback Sam Howell tried to complete his third 4th quarter comeback of the season. Wide receiver Sage Surratt set a Wake Forest record with 157 receiving yards in the 1st half, and he had nine catches for 169 yards and a touchdown in the game. Quarterback Jamie Newman had another nice game for Wake Forest with 214 passing yards, 78 rushing yards, and three total touchdowns. Howell was 17-28 for 182 yards and two touchdowns for North Carolina.

Flip just one play in any of three games and these two teams wouldn’t both be entering BB&T Field Friday night with pristine 2-0 records.

The Heels last week were facing 4th-and-17 from their own 40-yard line with 2:55 left in the game while trailing Miami by five. They had zero timeouts remaining. Punting would give them little hope of getting the ball back and a failure to convert all but ends the game. But freshman quarterback Sam Howell dropped back, got just good enough protection and fired a low ball that was corralled by junior receiver Rontavius Groves for 20 yards and a first down. The Heels ultimately stuck the ball in the end zone and sent the Kenan Stadium crowd home happy.

Just a week prior, the Heels came back from an 11-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat South Carolina 24-20.

Meanwhile, the Deacs topped Utah State in their first game of the season, trading the lead eight times in an epic battle that saw Jamie Newman weave his two-minute drill wizardry once again. But even then, it took a 4th-and-goal from the two-yard line pass from Newman to Kendall Hinton to give the Deacs a lead, then an interception by senior linebacker Justin Strnad a few moments later to seal the victory.

Flip a single play in any of those three games, and Wake could easily be 1-1 right now and the Heels could be sitting at either 1-1 or even 0-2. But they made big plays when it mattered and all the sudden one of the most anticipated games in all of college football this weekend will take place in Winston-Salem at 6 p.m. Friday.

Here’s everything you need to know about the matchup:

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