Wake Forest dropped a 56-27 decision to No. 8 Notre Dame on Saturday afternoon in front of 31,092 fans at BB&T Field.
The Demon Deacons (2-2, 0-1 ACC) trailed 28-13 at halftime to the Fighting Irish (3-0) who used three-straight touchdowns in the third quarter to break away for the win. Wake Forest freshman quarterback Sam Hartman completed 12 passes for 110 yards before leaving the game due to cramping. Jamie Newman replaced Hartman and scored his first career rushing touchdown.
Newman, Matt Colburn II, and Kendall Hinton each recorded a rushing touchdown while the Demon Deacons tallied 259 total rushing yards. Chuch Wade, Jr. led the defense with eight tackles with six solo tackles. Carlos Basham, Jr. earned a sack and five total tackles.
Wake Forest’s Nasir Greer forced a fumble midway through the first quarter which was recovered by Ryan Smenda, Jr. as the Deacs took over deep in Notre Dame territory. Nick Sciba kicked a 30-yard field goal putting the Demon Deacons up early 3-0.
On the next drive, Notre Dame’s Jafar Armstrong ran for a 30-yard touchdown as the Fighting Irish took a 7-3 lead. Sciba converted a 39-yard field goal at the start of the second quarter to bring the Deacons within one.
Notre Dame extended its lead to 14-6 in the second quarter as quarterback Ian Book completed a 3-yard pass to Brock Wright on fourth down. After a long punt return, Notre Dame’s Tony Jones Jr. rushed for a 4-yard touchdown as the Irish went up 21-6.
Wake Forest responded with a touchdown drive of its own as Colburn rushed for a 2-yard touchdown. The Deacs went 75-yards over 10 plays en route to the end zone. Book called his own number for Notre Dame on a 2-yard touchdown run as the Fighting Irish made it 28-13.
A 7-yard touchdown catch from Chase Claypool and a 1-yard rushing touchdown from Armstrong helped push Notre Dame to a 42-13 lead midway through the third quarter. After another Book rushing touchdown for the Fighting Irish, Wake Forest scored a touchdown courtesy of Hinton as the score stood 49-20 in favor of Notre Dame heading into the fourth quarter.
Book added another rushing touchdown for Notre Dame while Wake Forest added a touchdown from Newman who ran for a 15-yard score. The Fighting Irish closed out the game with a final score of 56-27.