Wake Forest Coach: I'm Proud Of My Players

Wake Forest upset No. 14 N.C. State on the road Thursday

Ferrall On The Bench
November 09, 2018 - 8:30 am

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After losing 16 of its previous 17 games in Raleigh, Wake Forest was due for a win – and the Demon Deacons (5-5) got one Thursday, upsetting No. 14 N.C. State (6-3), 27-23.

Sophomore quarterback Jamie Newman excelled in his first career start, going 22-of-33 for 297 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran 13 times for 44 yards.

“He played really well,” Wake Forest coach Dave Clawson said on Ferrall on the Bench. “He managed the game well, he didn’t throw any picks, we stayed in this thing to the end and gave ourselves a chance to win it.”

Wake Forest trailed 13-3 at halftime but outscored N.C. State 24-10 in the second half and overcame a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter. Newman found Jack Freudenthal for a game-winning 32-yard touchdown with 30 seconds to go. It was Freudenthal’s only catch of the night.

“N.C. State is an excellent football team, and they’re extremely well-coached,” Clawson said. “We played clean. We had the one turnover on the punt, but other than that, we played a very clean game. Our thought going into it was, ‘Get to the fourth quarter in a one-score game and give ourselves a chance to win it.’ And we did exactly that. It’s one thing to say that; it’s another thing to actually do it. Our kids did a fabulous job of executing in the clutch.”

Wake Forest had lost five of its previous seven games, including a 63-3 loss to Clemson on Oct. 6. With this win, however, a bowl game is within reach.

“N.C. State is probably one of the toughest places in the conference to play,” Clawson said. “They have great home support and a great crowd that’s loud – it’s a tough place for anybody to play. For us to go through we’ve been through this year – we’ve had 13, 14, season-ending injuries and started a new quarterback – for our kids to come together and find a way, I’m just so incredibly proud of them.”

Wake Forest closes the season against Pitt (5-4) on Nov. 17 and at Duke (6-3) on Nov. 24.