The Deacons overcame their early misfortune by scoring 31 unanswered points, then showed their grit again by rallying twice in the fourth quarter for a 55-52 Belk Bowl victory against the Aggies that served as a fitting exclamation point to an fantastic four-year turnaround.
For the second consecutive season, Wake Forest won a postseason bowl game, only this time the game was pushed to the limit.
For the past few days, Henderson has soaked in some of the extra experiences unique to the Belk Bowl - a trip to Charlotte Motor Speedway on Tuesday featured a ride in a stock auto, while the Deacons have also visited the NASCAR Hall of Fame and the Second Harvest Food Bank. The game will be played at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C.
Wake Forest went fast enough. The Demon Deacons have an all-time record of 449-653-33. Wide receiver Christian Kirk is the main threat in the passing game, hauling in 58 passes for 730 yards and seven touchdowns this year. This was the third time that Texas A&M had an interim coach for a bowl game, splitting the previous two situations. And just as the Aggies did in rallying from a similar deficit against Duke in the 2013 Chick-fil-A Bowl, they roared from behind again. We are representing Texas A&M but at the same time the SEC.
"It was very frustrating that we lost, but you can look at it as a young team fighting back", Texas A&M receiver Damion Ratley said. The Demon Deacons' best win of the season came just a few weeks ago when they beat a ranked NC State team 30-24 at home. Finally, the 2017 Texas A&M football season has come to and end.
The Odds: Wake Forest is a 3 point favorite in this one and has been since the opening.
15 Belk Bowls have been played, each featuring an ACC participant. Ultimately, they finished the season 7-5 and have several impressive wins on their resume heading into this game. On five passes from Wolford, the Demon Deacons got their first touchdown of the day and just kept rolling.
Clawson said he is concerned about Texas A&M's size, speed and athleticism on the defensive front. The loss to start the year set the tone for the season as the Aggies blew a 44-17 lead giving up 28 points in the fourth quarter to lose to UCLA.
Landis Durham has a team-best 8.5 sacks for Texas A&M.
In a transition from Kevin Sumlin to Jimbo Fisher, will the team show up against Wake Forest and bring the energy needed to end a lost season on a high note? Sumlin started his tenure with the Aggies with an 11-2 showing in 2012, and they never increased their victory total in any season under Sumlin, winning nine games in 2013 and eight in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
The 2017 Belk Bowl between Texas A&M and Wake Forest can be live streamed on the WatchESPN app, provided that you have a subscription.
Which TV channel is Wake Forest-Texas A&M on?They could also do with more production in the run game.
221 Receptions have been made by WR Christian Kirk during his Texas A&M career.
Wolford's fourth touchdown of the first half was a 37-yard catch-and-run by fellow senior Cam Serigne, who broke a tackle and was off to the end zone.
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