With Wake Forest setting up for Sam Swank's winning 41-yard field goal with three seconds remaining, holder Ryan McManus noticed the possession clock winding down to 10 seconds. When it ticked down lower, with the Deacons slowly moving into position, he called timeout. It's rare that a team ices its own kicker, but McManus wanted to make sure to get the kick up without rushing.
“I saw the clock,” he said. “I knew we had a timeout. If we hadn't had the timeout, we would have had to hurry up and get it going a little bit more.”
Redshirt senior D.J. Boldin led Wake Forest's receivers with a career-high 11 receptions for 123 yards. Last year, he finished the season with 11 catches for 127 yards.
Boldin's 22-yard reception on the winning drive gave the Deacons much-needed yards as they tried to move in range for Swank's field goal. Though he had a catch for 26 yards earlier in the game, that late-game catch was his biggest – probably the biggest of his career.
“It was a huge play,” Wake coach Jim Grobe said.