NCAAF Game Recap - Utah State at Wake Forest
Fri Aug 30, 2019 8:00 PM EDT

GATec
14
Clem
52
F
Duke
3
Ala
42
F
UGA
30
Vand
6
F
Hou
31
Okla
49
F
FlAtl
21
OHSt
45
F
GaSo
3
LSU
55
F
MidTN
21
Mich
40
F
ND
35
Lou
17
F
LaTec
14
Tex
45
F
Oreg
21
Aub
27
F
TxSt
7
TxAM
41
F
EWa
14
Wash
47
F
Utah
30
BYU
12
F
Idaho
7
PSU
79
F
FlaAM
0
UCF
62
F
Tuls
7
MSU
28
F
Wisc
49
SoFL
0
F
MiaOH
14
Iowa
38
F
NoIa
26
IASt
29
F(2OT)
Syr
24
Lib
0
F
NMSt
7
WaSt
58
F
SoAl
21
Neb
35
F
NW
7
Stan
17
F
Alb
21
C Mi
38
F
UCLA
14
Cin
24
F
RMor
10
Buff
38
F
Wagn
21
UConn
24
F
Mor
3
BGSU
46
F
C Ark
35
W Ky
28
F
GWebb
28
Char
49
F
AlaSt
19
UAB
24
F
FLInt
14
Tul
42
F
SDSU
21
Minn
28
F
NoCol
18
SJSU
35
F
Kent
7
AzSt
30
F
Rice
7
Army
14
F
UMass
21
Rut
48
F
UtSt
35
Wake
38
F
Purd
31
Nev
34
F
ColSt
31
Colo
52
F
OkSt
52
OreSt
36
F
Miss
10
Mem
15
F
MisSt
38
ULLaf
28
F
InSt
17
Kans
24
F
Akr
3
Ill
42
F
ECU
6
NCSt
34
F
How
0
MD
79
F
Toled
24
KY
38
F
Ind
34
Ball
24
F
Boise
36
FlaSt
31
F
JMU
13
WVU
20
F
URI
20
Ohio
41
F
Buck
12
Temp
56
F
HolyC
7
Navy
45
F
Colg
7
AF
48
F
GASt
38
Tenn
30
F
SCar
20
UNC
24
F
E Mi
30
CoCar
23
F
ETenn
7
App
42
F
MonSt
10
TxTch
45
F
PorSt
13
Ark
20
F
VaTec
28
BC
35
F
SamHu
31
NM
39
F
(N/A)
7
UTSA
35
F
Camp
14
Troy
43
F
UCDav
13
Cal
27
F
VMI
17
Marsh
56
F
IllSt
10
NIU
24
F
Monm
13
WestMI
48
F
AlcSt
10
SMiss
38
F
Nich
14
K St
49
F
SFA
17
Bayl
56
F
SMU
37
ArkSt
30
F
Norf
21
OD
24
F
Mizzu
31
Wyo
37
F
Abil
31
NorTx
51
F
UVA
30
Pitt
14
F
Gram
9
ULMon
31
F
HBU
34
UTEP
36
F
ArkPB
7
TCU
39
F
Web
0
SDSU
6
F
SoUt
23
UNLV
56
F
Fres
23
USC
31
F

Aug 30, 2019, 8:00 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Utah State (0-1)

7

14

7

7

35

Wake Forest (1-0)

10

7

14

7

38

Wake Forest rallies to beat Utah St.
Sat Aug 31, 2019 12:29 PM

Wake Forest tried and failed three times to hammer its way into the end zone for that one final yard it needed.

So with one last chance, the Demon Deacons' quarterback of the future threw to their quarterback of the past.

Jamie Newman hit Kendall Hinton with the go-ahead 2-yard touchdown pass on fourth down with 1:08 remaining, and Wake Forest held on to beat Jordan Love and Utah State 38-35 in the opener Friday night.

"It's a testament to our toughness," Newman said. "We keep fighting to the end. That's what our identity is. Deacon tough."

Newman finished with three touchdown passes, and in the final moments he hit Sage Surratt with a 70-yard throw to the Utah State 1-yard line.

Cade Carney, who finished with 105 yards rushing, lost 1 yard on three straight runs up the middle.

On fourth down, Newman looked right for Hinton. The fifth-year senior — who started four games at quarterback from 2015-17 before switching positions a year ago — outjumped two Utah State defenders for the ball.

"Who doesn't want to be in that position? Fourth down, last play and you get the chance to make a huge play," Hinton said. "It was an awesome opportunity, a great ball and we made it happen."

It helped the Demon Deacons earn a wild win that featured a combined 1,175 total yards, 53 first downs and 73 points.

Newman, who beat out Sam Hartman for the starting job during preseason camp, had earlier touchdown passes of 22 yards to Surratt and 9 yards to Scottie Washington and finished with 401 yards passing.

Love, who's being promoted by Utah State as a Heisman Trophy candidate, was 33 of 48 for 416 yards with three touchdowns. He threw touchdowns of 27 yards to Jordan Nathan, 17 yards to Siaosi Mariner and 56 yards on a catch-and-run to Deven Thompkins.

"It went down to, really, the last play, I suppose," Utah State coach Gary Andersen said. "I'm proud of this team."

Love led the Aggies to the Wake Forest 31 in the final minute before Justin Strnad intercepted his final pass with 17 seconds to play - his third interception of the game.

Jaylen Warren rushed for 141 yards with a 4-yard touchdown and Gerold Bright added a 7-yard score for Utah State.

Surratt had 158 yards receiving, and Christian Beal-Smith added a 12-yard scoring run for Wake Forest.

THE TAKEAWAY

Utah State: Love mostly lived up to the Heisman buzz, leading an offense that rolled up 596 total yards despite returning only two starters from a year ago and making several highlight-reel plays. But those three interceptions — especially the last one — will sting.

"Jordan Love is everything you would want in a quarterback," Andersen said.

Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons knew nothing would come easy in this one against Love. But one item of concern: The offense turned it over on downs twice inside the Utah State 5 and came up empty on three straight rushes after the long pass to Surratt.

"In a lot of ways," Clawson said, "I thought Utah State outplayed us."

STAR WATCH

Newman has started five games in his career at Wake Forest — and has led three game-winning drives in fourth quarters. He rallied the Demon Deacons past North Carolina State last November and led the comeback against Memphis in the Birmingham Bowl. As Surratt replaced Newman in the postgame interview room, he called his quarterback "Mr. Two-Minute"

PLAY OF THE NIGHT

Utah State used a gem of a catch by Mariner to take the lead with 25 seconds left in the half. Love lofted a third-down pass toward the back corner and Mariner outjumped Essang Bassey for it while getting the toes on his right foot down inbounds. The officials initially ruled it incomplete before reversing that ruling during a review, and it put the Aggies up 21-17 at halftime.

STAT SHEET

Wake Forest averaged an FBS-best 82 plays in 2018 and the Demon Deacons are playing even faster this year. They hit the 82-play mark in the third quarter and finished with 105 — the third time under Clawson they've reached triple digits, according to Sports-Reference.com.

UP NEXT

Utah State: Plays host to Stony Brook of the FCS on Sept. 7.

Wake Forest: Visits Rice on Sept. 6 in the second of three straight Friday night games to open the season.

Passing

UtSt Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
J. Love 48 33 68.8 3 416 56 3 90.3
Wake Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
J. Newman 47 34 72.3 3 401 70 0 119.2

Rushing

UtSt Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
J. Warren 19 141 7.4 59 1
G. Bright 9 37 4.1 11 1
Wake Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
C. Carney 25 105 4.2 26 0
C. Beal-Smith 11 38 3.5 12 1

Receiving

UtSt Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
T. Compton 1 0 0.0 0 0
S. Mariner 8 118 14.8 28 1
Wake Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
S. Surratt 7 158 22.6 70 1
S. Claude 6 70 11.7 20 0

Fumbles

Wake F FL
J. Newman 2 1

Returning

UtSt KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
S. Scarver 1 18.0 0 18 0 - 0 0
Wake KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
K. Walker III 1 23.0 0 23 0 - 0 0
K. Hinton 0 - 0 0 1 1.0 0 1

Punting

UtSt Punt Yds Avg LgPu
A. Dalton 7 273 39.0 49
Wake Punt Yds Avg LgPu
D. Maggio 5 213 42.6 55

Takeaways

Wake Int Yds InTD
J. Strnad 1 0 0
T. Rucker 1 0 0

Team Stats Comparison

UtSt Wake
Points For 35 38
Total Yards 596 579
Rushing Yards 180 178
Passing Yards 416 401
Passing Completions / Attempts 33/48 34/47
Turnovers 3 1
Interceptions Thrown 3 0
Fumbles - Lost 0/0 2/1
First Downs 23 30
Penalties - Yards 8/84 1/15
Time Of Possession 47:47 13:13
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 6/16 13/24
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 0/1 2/5
Punts - Average Yards 7/39 5/43

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter UtSt Wake
Wake 3:06 TD Sage Surratt 22 yd pass from Jamie Newman (Nick Sciba kick) 0 7
UtSt 5:37 TD Gerold Bright 7 yd run (Dominik Eberle kick) 7 7
Wake 14:33 FG Nick Sciba 21 yd FG 7 10
2nd Quarter UtSt Wake
UtSt 0:49 TD Jordan Nathan 27 yd pass from Jordan Love (Dominik Eberle kick) 14 10
Wake 8:33 TD Scotty Washington 9 yd pass from Jamie Newman (Nick Sciba kick) 14 17
UtSt 14:35 TD Siaosi Mariner 17 yd pass from Jordan Love (Dominik Eberle kick) 21 17
3rd Quarter UtSt Wake
Wake 5:52 TD Jamie Newman 1 yd run (Nick Sciba kick) 21 24
UtSt 9:18 TD Deven Thompkins 56 yd pass from Jordan Love (Dominik Eberle kick) 28 24
Wake 14:11 TD Christian Beal-Smith 12 yd run (Nick Sciba kick) 28 31
4th Quarter UtSt Wake
UtSt 1:09 TD Jaylen Warren 4 yd run (Dominik Eberle kick) 35 31
Wake 13:52 TD Kendall Hinton 2 yd pass from Jamie Newman (Nick Sciba kick) 35 38

Game Information

Stadium: BB&T Field, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Attendance: 29,027
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