Price’s TD hat trick leads Wake past Terps, 34-10

Quarterback Tanner Price had touchdowns rushing, receiving and

passing in Wake Forest’s 34-10 victory over Maryland on

Saturday.

Price was 26 of 36 through the air for 231 yards, scored on a

4-yard run and caught a 4-yard TD pass from receiver Michael

Campanaro – the trick-play master’s fourth career touchdown

throw.

Price hit Campanaro with a 10-yard touchdown pass to become the

first player in school history and the fourth Bowl Subdivision

player this season to hit the touchdown trifecta. He joined

Clemson’s C.J. Spiller as the only ACC players since 2000 to do

it.

Josh Harris’ 1-yard touchdown run on the opening series put the

Demon Deacons (4-3, 2-2) on their way to their fourth straight home

victory over the Terrapins (5-2, 1-2).

Backup Caleb Rowe threw a 56-yard touchdown pass to Levern

Jacobs to briefly pull Maryland to 24-10 midway through the third

quarter.

Price restored Wake Forest’s three-touchdown lead with his

scoring pass on the next possession, and Chad Hedlund put the Demon

Deacons up by 24 with a 38-yard field goal with 7:46 to play.

Starter C.J. Brown was 15 of 24 for 137 yards in his return from

a concussion for Maryland. But he was constantly harassed by nose

tackle Nikita Whitlock, threw two interceptions in the second

quarter that led directly to Price’s first two touchdowns and was

replaced by Rowe midway through the third.

Rowe finished 15 of 27 for 207 yards. Maryland outgained Wake

Forest 383-307 but finished with three turnovers.

In the final moments, the Big Ten-bound Terrapins were serenaded

by chants of ”A-C-C” by the Wake Forest crowd.

The Demon Deacons scored on four of their six possessions in the

first half and turned those turnovers into a 24-3 halftime

lead.

Merrill Noel’s 49-yard interception return to the Maryland 18

set up Price’s touchdown run that made it 17-3 with 5:21 before the

break.

A.J. Marshall picked off Brown on Maryland’s next possession,

and that’s when coach Jim Grobe reached into his bag of tricks.

Four plays after Campanaro took a lateral from Price and threw a

24-yard pass to Tyree Harris, the Demon Deacons were at it

again.

Backup running back Dominique Gibson took a direct snap and

flipped the ball to Campanaro, who rolled left and flipped a strike

to Price in the end zone with 1:21 before the break.

Campanaro, a native of Clarksville, Md., caught 11 passes to

give him 217 career receptions – breaking Desmond Clark’s school

record of 216. Campanaro finished with 122 yards receiving and was

2 of 2 passing for 29 yards in his final game against his

home-state school.

He entered as the conference’s leader in receptions and

receiving yardage per game, and improved his unofficial career

passer rating to 454.5.

In falling to 1-9 in ACC road games under third-year coach Randy

Edsall, Maryland lost starting receiver Deon Long to an apparent

lower right leg injury early in the second quarter and top receiver

Stefon Diggs to a lower leg injury early in the fourth

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