MIAMI — Miami secured a 16-10 victory over Wake Forest at Dolphin Stadium.
Pulling their offensive together, the Hurricanes (4-4 overall, 2-2 ACC) rallied in the second half to defeat the Demon Deacons (4-3, 2-2), who dropped their second consecutive game after a shutout loss to Maryland.
Miami pulled even with Wake Forest in the third quarter and took a 13-10 enter the final quarter.
The Hurricanes scored a field early in the third quarter an d then a touchdown with eight minutes remaining as quarterback Robert Marve pushed into the end zone from the 1-yardline. Matt Bosher's extra point capped a seven-play, 65-yard drive.
With a desire to run, the Demon Deacons were unable to produce much on the ground, giving Miami opportunity on offense.
Redshirt freshman kicker Shane Popham, in for the injured senior Sam Swank, made a 24-yard field goal early in the second quarter to extend the Demon Deacons' lead.
The story of the first half was Wake's decision to run the football and its ability to carry out the plan.
The Deacs rushed 32 times for 135 yards in the first half, a significant accomplishment for a team that had struggled on the ground for most of the season.
Lining up in a Power-I formation, the Deacs opened the game with an impressive drive, setting the tone for a quarter in which a team with the ACC's leading passer did not throw a pass.
Fullback Mike Rinfrette's 1-yard touchdown run capped a 10-play, 66-yard drive on their first drive of the game. Popham converted an extra point to give the Deacs a 7-0 lead.
Wake, a team averaging 94 yards per game, rushed for 117 yards in the first quarter. Sophomore Josh Adams led the way by gaining 64 yards on 10 carries, including a 23 yard jaunt on the Deacs' touchdown-scoring drive.
Adams finished the half with 13 carries for 69 yards.
Miami kicker Matt Bosher made a 36-yard field goal to cut the Deacs' lead with four minutes remaining in the first quarter.
Wake's decision to run came after coach Jim Grobe said earlier in the week he would not change his spread offense.