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SU rallies for overtime win over Wake Forest

Down 15 in fourth quarter, Orange pull out opener

— Late in the half, Wake got the ball again, and scored again, Price hitting Campanaro on a 16-yard scoring strike, making it 20-7, where it stayed until halftime.

Neither side scored in the third quarter until the Orange broke the trend, scoring on a one-yard run by Antwon Bailey with 5:33 left in the period. Price countered with his third TD pass, 22 yards to Chris Givens, and Wake led 26-14, though it missed the extra point - something that would prove important.

When Jimmy Newman hit a 40-yard field goal making the score 29-14 with 11:02 left, it appeared to be over, and many fans in the Carrier Dome headed for the exits. Just in time, though, the Orange would respond.

Nassib would lead his team down the field, completing pass after pass to set up a first-and-goal at the two. From there, Nassib, who looked like he was going to get sacked at the 10, got the ball out in time and found Ryan Harris in the end zone for the TD, and the extra point made it 29-21.

After forcing the Deacons to punt, SU got the ball back on its own 47. Running the ball on first down on a halfback sweep to the left, Bailey would cut to the sideline passing the Deacon defenders and streaking the rest of the way for a 53-yard score.

Now down 29-27, the Orange had to go for two. Nassib in the shotgun, rolled right, looking for a receiver, but they were all covered at first. However, Van Chew broke free giving Nassib a small window and he found him. It was tied.

SU nearly went ahead late in regulation. Running the clock down, the Orange slowly moved the ball, making Wake use its last two time-outs. With 2:07 left in regulation, Ross Krautman’s 32-yard field-goal attempt got blocked, ending a streak where had made 16 in a row.

Wake's attempt to win the game in the closing stages of regulation fell well short, leading to overtime, where each team gets one possession on the 25-yard line.

Getting the ball first, SU quickly moved to Wake's four, from where Nassib found Chew in the corner of the end zone for the go-ahead TD. And the Deacons could not respond, stopped on downs to end the game.

The Orange had done it, completing an inspired comeback. Instead of questions and doubt and an 0-1 mark, it carries a win into next Saturday's home game with Rhode Island.

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