Scores

Final

Stanford 17

(1-1, 1-0 Pac-12)

Wake Forest 24

(1-1, 1-1 home)

Coverage: GamePlan

12:00 PM ET, September 12, 2009

BB&T Field, Winston-salem, NC

1 2 3 4 T
STAN 7 10 0 017
WAKE 3 0 7 1424

Top Performers

Passing: A. Luck (STAN) - 276 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: T. Gerhart (STAN) - 17 CAR, 82 YDS

Receiving: R. Whalen (STAN) - 9 REC, 123 YDS, 2 TD

Skinner's TD in last seconds lifts Wake Forest by Stanford

Associated Press

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Riley Skinner scored on a 1-yard keeper with 2 seconds remaining and Wake Forest rallied from a 14-point deficit to beat Stanford 24-17 on Saturday.

Skinner finished 18 of 26 for 187 yards with a touchdown pass for the Demon Deacons (1-1). His 44-yard pass to third-stringer Lovell Jackson with less than a minute left set up his winning score.

Wake-ing Up

Wake Forest rallied from a 14-point deficit to beat Stanford 24-17 on Saturday. The Demon Deacons have scored 35 of their 45 points this season in the second half.

Wake Forest
By Half This Season
1st half 2nd half
Points 10 35
Points allowed 27 14
YPG 124 239.5

Redshirt freshman Andrew Luck was 23 of 34 for 276 yards with two touchdowns to Ryan Whalen for the Cardinal (1-1). They were denied their first 2-0 start since 2004.

Skinner's score capped a remarkable second-half rally for the slow-starting Demon Deacons, who trailed 17-3 at halftime before scoring touchdowns on consecutive possessions -- and big plays on fourth downs led to both scores.

Mike Rinfrette ran 3 yards for a TD, one play after Josh Adams' 15-yard run on fourth-and-2, and Skinner tied it early in the fourth quarter with a 19-yard scoring pass to Jordan Williams on fourth-and-4.

The decisive drive was all Skinner. He ran 12 yards on an option keeper and hit Devon Brown over the middle for 20 yards before hitting Jackson -- a redshirt freshman who didn't appear on the depth chart -- behind cornerback Corey Gatewood. He was tripped up at the 2, and three plays later, Skinner pushed into the end zone to give Wake Forest its first lead of the season.

There were seven laterals on the ensuing kickoff before the Cardinal fumbled the ball near midfield and Scott Betros pounced on it to end the game.

It marked the end of a dominating second half by Wake Forest, which gained 311 of its 458 yards and scored all three touchdowns after the break. The Demon Deacons have scored 35 of their 45 points this season in the second half.

Nate Whitaker kicked Stanford's longest field goal in two decades, a 54-yarder on the final play of a first half in which the Cardinal rolled up 275 total yards and had the ball for nearly twice as long as Wake Forest did.

Playing its first game in the East since 2005, Stanford didn't seem at all sluggish early. Luck capped his opening possession by floating a pass to the corner of the end zone to a diving Whalen, who beat Brandon Ghee -- the Demon Deacons' most experienced player in their back seven -- to put the Cardinal up 7-0 barely 4 minutes in.

The two hooked up again midway through the second quarter, with Luck finding Whalen over the middle from 17 yards out to make it 14-3.

Shane Popham kicked a 20-yard field goal for Wake Forest. Whitaker's kick clipped the crossbar and trickled over to match a 26-year-old BB&T Field record and stretch the lead to 14.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
STAN
WAKE
1st Downs1925
Total Yards391458
Passing276207
Rushing115251
Penalties6-553-20
3rd Down Conversions5-128-16
4th Down Conversions1-12-2
Turnovers20
Possession28:4731:13

Passing Leaders

StanfordC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Luck23/342768.121
Wake ForestC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Skinner18/261877.210

Rushing Leaders

StanfordCARYDSAVGTDLG
Gerhart17824.8027
Stewart6183.007
Wake ForestCARYDSAVGTDLG
Adams8546.8015
Givens55110.2017

Receiving Leaders

StanfordRECYDSAVGTDLG
Whalen912313.7230
Owusu66010.0018
Wake ForestRECYDSAVGTDLG
Brown45814.5020
Jackson14444.0044

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERSTANWAKE
TD10:53Ryan Whalen 26 Yd Pass From Andrew Luck (Nate Whitaker Kick) 70
FG05:59Shane Popham 20 Yd 73
SECOND QUARTERSTANWAKE
TD09:40Ryan Whalen 17 Yd Pass From Andrew Luck (Nate Whitaker Kick) 143
FG00:01Nate Whitaker 54 Yd 173
THIRD QUARTERSTANWAKE
TD06:41Mike Rinfrette 3 Yd Run (Shane Popham Kick) 1710
FOURTH QUARTERSTANWAKE
TD14:01Jordan Williams 9 Yd Pass From Riley Skinner (Shane Popham Kick) 1717
TD00:02Riley Skinner 1 Yd Run (Shane Popham Kick) 1724