Final: Irish 24, Wake Forest 17
November, 5, 2011
By Matt Fortuna | ESPNChicago.com
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- That was a close one, no?
Notre Dame overcame a pair of turnovers Saturday night to escape BB&T Field with a 24-17 win over Wake Forest, making the Irish bowl-eligible at 6-3.
A couple of big defensive plays in the second half played a role in deciding this one, as Harrison Smith forced Brandon Pendergrass to fumble with Wake Forest facing second-and-goal late in the third quarter. Gary Gray recovered for the Irish.
Wake Forest received another chance to even things up in the fourth quarter, getting as close as first-and-goal from the 10. But Stephon Tuitt came up with a sack for a loss of 11, a pass in the backfield was blown up by Smith for a four-yard loss and Tanner Price overthrew on 3rd-and-goal from the 25.
Jimmy Newman then missed a 42-yard field goal attempt with 5:24 remaining, and the Irish were able to run out the clock from there.
Be sure to keep it here for postgame reaction from a close one at BB&T Field.
TOP 25 SCOREBOARD
Final/OT 22 Clemson 17 1 Florida State 23 Final 2 Oregon 38 Washington State 31 Final Florida 21 3 Alabama 42 Final 4 Oklahoma 45 West Virginia 33 Final 6 Texas A&M 58 SMU 6 Final Mississippi State 34 8 LSU 29 Final Eastern Michigan 14 11 Michigan State 73 Final Troy 0 13 Georgia 66 Final 14 South Carolina 48 Vanderbilt 34 Final Indiana 31 18 Missouri 27 Final Bowling Green 17 19 Wisconsin 68 Final Virginia 33 21 BYU 41 Final Miami (FL) 31 24 Nebraska 41