Scores

Final

North Carolina 27

(1-1, 0-1 ACC)

Wake Forest 28

(2-0, 1-0 ACC)

Coverage: GamePlan

4:00 PM ET, September 8, 2012

BB&T FIELD, WINSTON-SALEM, NC

1 2 3 4 T
UNC 7 7 10 327
WAKE 7 14 0 728

Top Performers

Passing: B. Renner (UNC) - 271 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: A. Blue (UNC) - 19 CAR, 106 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: M. Campanaro (WAKE) - 13 REC, 164 YDS

QB Tanner Price's late sneak pushes Wake past UNC

Associated Press

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Tanner Price scored on a 1-yard sneak with 2:09 left to help Wake Forest rally past North Carolina 28-27 on Saturday in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both teams.

Price threw for a career-high 327 yards for the Demon Deacons (2-0, 1-0), who struggled to generate much offense throughout the second half until the decisive drive. Starting from Wake Forest's own 7-yard line, Price calmly directed an 11-play, 93-yard scoring drive that ended when he pushed his way through the right side of the line for the go-ahead score.

Bryn Renner had two final chances to bring back the Tar Heels (1-1, 0-1), but he threw a fourth-down interception with 1:25 left that let the Demon Deacons melt most of the clock. He got the ball back at his own 1 with 17 seconds and no timeouts, but reached only the 40 before his final desperation heave was knocked away.

While Price was steady in the clutch, his top target -- receiver Michael Campanaro - had his way with the Tar Heels' secondary all afternoon. Campanaro finished with career-best totals of 13 catches for 164 yards, including a 15-yarder on the drive to the go-ahead score.

For much of the second half, the Tar Heels looked like they would earn their first road and ACC win under new coach Larry Fedora. With starting tailback Gio Bernard out with a knee injury, North Carolina got plenty of production from fill-in starter A.J. Blue (106 yards and a touchdown) and Romar Morris (70 yards and a TD) while getting more pressure on Price up front.

After trailing 21-14 at halftime, UNC tied the game on Morris' 4-yard run with 4:45 left in the third quarter, but the Tar Heels blew two chances to really take control. First, they settled for a short field goal from Casey Barth after Tim Scott's interception gave the Tar Heels a first-and-goal from the 8. Then they settled for another kick from Barth after driving all the way to the Wake Forest 13-yard line early in the fourth quarter.

Then came two ineffective drives, setting up the Demon Deacons' final push.

The game was delayed for 75 minutes due to lightning during a storm that rolled in about 30 minutes before kickoff, forcing both teams to return to the locker room and sending fans back to their cars.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
UNC
WAKE
1st Downs2224
Total Yards428426
Passing271362
Rushing15764
Penalties8-878-55
3rd Down Conversions7-184-12
4th Down Conversions2-30-0
Turnovers21
Possession27:0432:56

Passing Leaders

North CarolinaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Renner23/392716.911
Wake ForestC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Price27/383278.601

Rushing Leaders

North CarolinaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Blue191065.6128
Morris14705.0115
Wake ForestCARYDSAVGTDLG
Harris21401.919
Martin4133.317

Receiving Leaders

North CarolinaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Highsmith57114.2028
Tapley45914.8032
Wake ForestRECYDSAVGTDLG
Campanaro1316412.6023
Terry48721.8035

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERUNCWAKE
TD05:49Eric Ebron 6 Yd Pass From Bryn Renner (Casey Barth Kick) 70
TD00:02Tanner Price 2 Yd Run (Jimmy Newman Kick) 77
SECOND QUARTERUNCWAKE
TD10:05A.J. Blue 1 Yd Run (Casey Barth Kick) 147
TD06:07Deandre Martin 4 Yd Run (Jimmy Newman Kick) 1414
TD04:31Josh Harris 6 Yd Run (Jimmy Newman Kick) 1421
THIRD QUARTERUNCWAKE
TD04:45Romar Morris 4 Yd Run (Casey Barth Kick) 2121
FG02:50Casey Barth 25 Yd 2421
FOURTH QUARTERUNCWAKE
FG12:50Casey Barth 30 Yd 2721
TD02:09Tanner Price 1 Yd Run (Jimmy Newman Kick) 2728