Wake Forest defeats NC State, pulls within 1 game of ACC Atlantic title
Wake Forest is one win away from the ACC Championship Game.
The Demon Deacons defeated NC State 45-42 on Saturday night, effectively giving themselves a two-game cushion in the Atlantic division.
Wake Forest just needs one win from its remaining matchups vs. Clemson and Boston College to clinch the division title. Wake Forest is now 6-0 in conference play, with the 6-2 Tigers falling in second place. NC State is now 4-2 in ACC competition.
The win over NC State was a tough one, but the Demon Deacons got enough from their defense to overcome three interceptions from quarterback Sam Hartman. Outside of those turnovers, Hartman was sensational — he threw for 290 yards and 3 touchdowns while also running for another score.
The difference in the game came on third down. Wake Forest completed 10-of-19 opportunities, while NC State went just 3-of-14. That helped Wake Forest overcome a lack of efficiency — the Demon Deacons averaged just 4.5 yards per play on the evening.
Wake Forest also proved to be the more disciplined team. The Wolfpack committed 14 penalties for a staggering 119 yards, including several that resulted in first downs for the Demon Deacons.
Wake Forest officially has its first 9-win season since 2007. If it wins another game, it will have just its second double-digit win campaign in program history.
The Demon Deacons face Clemson in Death Valley next week at 12 p.m. ET.