Wake Forest 55, Texas A&M 52

by Abel Hampton January 2, 2018, 3:08
Wake Forest 55, Texas A&M 52

And that was before he suffered an ankle injury in the second half of the Aggies' 55-52 loss to the Demon Deacons.

Not to be outdone by A&M, Wake scored its own special teams touchdown, with Jessie Bates' 59-yard punt return stretching the lead to 31-14 with just over 12 minutes remaining in the second quarter.

For Wake Forest, Wolford finished his improbably great senior season with 400 passing yards and four touchdowns to go along with 68 rushing yards, ending the campaign by passing Riley Skinner as the most prolific single-season passer in school history.

One of the wildest bowl games in recent memory began in unpredictable fashion, as each of Wake Forest's first two drives ended in blocked punts.

RB Trayveon Williams took the handoff and ran to the left side of the field. The Aggies scored with a short field to take a 14-0 lead.

It wasn't until the game's end that it was decided, when Wake Forest ran it in for the final go-ahead score with 2 minutes, 18 seconds left.

Jessie Bates returned a punt for a 59-yard touchdown in the first half, the first such score A&M surrendered since it played Oklahoma State on October 4, 2008.

Texas A&M WR Christian Kirk could have easily skipped the Belk Bowl against Wake Forest, but he wanted to likely finish out his career in style.

Just as a cart came onto the field, Kirk managed to get to his feet and walk off under his own power.

After a little more than two minutes had run off the first-quarter clock, A&M, playing in its first game since Kevin Sumlin was sacked and Jimbo Fisher was hired, had taken the lead on a block punt that was recovered for a touchdown, the school's first block punt since 2005. Wolford's fourth scoring toss, this one 37 yards to tight end Cam Serigne with 4:33 remaining, pushed the lead back out to 17. Matt Colburn chipped in with 87 yards on the ground on 10 carries, with a long run of 66.

A&M also allowed a season-high 55 points.

Kirk, meanwhile, already has a season-high 133 yards receiving on six catches. Even as Texas A&M briefly retook the lead in the waning minutes of the third quarter, the game continued with the teams exchanging the lead.

Friday's defeat capped a disappointing campaign for Texas A&M, however, sweeping changes figure to be made before the start of the 2018 season with Fisher coming aboard.

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