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No. 19 Wake Forest stops Liberty’s late 2-point conversion Texas Tech LB Bryce Ramirez still hospitalized with leg fracture Nebraska fires defensive coordinator Erik Chinander

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WINSTON-SALEM, NC – Liberty scores with 1:11 left but No. 19 Wake Forest stops CJ YarbroughA two-point conversion attempt a few yards from the goal line and a tight 37-36 home win on Saturday.

The Demon Deacons’ ground game was ineffective – 21 yards on 26 attempts – so they switched to defense and passing play with the quarterback. Sam Hartman throw for 325 yards and three touchdowns with two interceptions.

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Hartman led Wake Forest (3-0) career passing yards with over 9,700 yards.

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Liberty (2-1) pulled one out at the end of an 18-yard touchdown on the fourth down. Demario Douglas, who jumped high and took the ball away from two Wake defenders in the end zone. But Yarbrough was cut off by several defenders as he ran to the right corner on a two-point attempt.

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The second half turned into a gunfight as Hartman faced the elusive Liberty quarterback. Caydon Salter, a former recruit from Tennessee. The game-winning point was secured by an extra point from Matthew Dennis after a 1-yard touchdown from Justice Allison 3:39 left.

The Deacons threw three interceptions in the first half en route to a 20-8 halftime lead despite only running one yard and bouncing back on a blocked punt.

The Flames took a 43-yard lead for the first time. De De Hunter, which escaped from the hands of one defender and rushed through the center of the field. A two-point pass gave Liberty a 23-20 lead less than five minutes into the second half.

“In many ways they outplayed us,” Clawson said. “We just made so many mistakes.”

Salter rushed for 77 yards and one TD and walked for 192 yards with two TDs, often struggling to buy overtime for the shot.

Hartman said he knows he’s going to have to be sharper in the nationally televised game against Clemson next Saturday, the program that won six straight ACC titles before the Deacons won the division last year.

“The past is the past,” Hartman said. “We must move into the future.”


Liberty: The Liberty were up to a 23-20 lead in the last minute of the third quarter and Wake was in deep trouble after Hartman was sacked. But the unnecessary roughness—the replay didn’t show much contact with the bag—breathed new life into Wake. The Deacons converted a fourth pass close to midfield. Later in the interception, Liberty was nullified by a defensive hold call. The drive ended on Dennis’ 46 yards with a field goal.

Wake Forest: The Deacons struggled on offense, especially in the running game, which is a source of concern since the next on the schedule is Clemson at number 5. Wake, who averaged 181 yards in wins over VMI and Vanderbilt, hit one yard per 10 carry in first half. Liberty stopped Wake’s attack with the read option. The Deacons only had one run over six yards, a 13-yard Hartman scramble.


Freedom Coach Hugh Freese, known since his Ole Miss days for taking risks on fourth down, took one early against Wake and paid the price. The fourth and second’s gamble was stopped near midfield and Wake hit the first field goal.

When the Flames took the lead for the first time early in the third quarter, Freese demanded a two-point conversion attempt that resulted in a successful pass and a 23–20 lead for the Liberty.

The last bet, involving a game with two points, and not overtime, was not successful.

Clawson said he was not surprised that Freese chose not to play overtime: “You’re on the road, you’re a road (not) dog, you’re playing for two.”


Liberty: Next Saturday will host Akron.

Wake Forest: Receives No. 5 Clemson at ACC Opening.

ROLEY, North Carolina. Texas Tech linebacker Bryce Ramirez remained in the hospital a day after suffering a horrific left leg injury in the Red Raiders’ loss in 12th-seeded North Carolina State.

Sports medicine staff from Texas Tech were with Ramirez at Wake Medical Center in Raleigh, North Carolina, and will remain with the fourth year until he can safely return to Lubbock.

Ramirez broke his left shin in the first half when he grabbed a pack of wolves running backwards. Jordan Houston. The heap rolled over Ramirez’s leg, which hit the lawn. He bent below the knee and twisted abnormally as he lay on the grass.

The coaches covered his leg with a towel when they began to treat him on the field, but did not show a replay of the injury. The game was stopped for approximately 10 minutes before Ramirez was put on a motorized cart and then taken to the hospital.

In a tweet from his personal account, Ramirez thanked Texas Tech fans for their support and ended his message with a red heart and then black, the school’s primary colors.

“I appreciate all of you guys for all the prayers, love and support!!! I love you Red Raider Nation!!!” Ramirez tweeted.

LINCOLN, Nebraska. A week after Nebraska fired the head coach. Scott FrostThe team’s defense coordinator is missing.

Interim Head Coach Mickey Joseph said the defense coordinator Eric Chinander was fired a day after Nebraska conceded 580 yards and 49 points in a one-sided loss to No. 6 from Oklahoma.

Chinander has led the defense of Nebraska since Frost took over the team in 2018, but his division suffered a setback this year as the Cornhuskers fell to 1-3. A week before a 49–14 loss to Oklahoma, Nebraska conceded 642 yards in a 45–42 loss to Georgia Southern that preceded Frost’s shot.

“We appreciate Eric, his work and dedication to our football program,” Joseph said in a statement. “At this time, I feel it’s in the best interest of the Nebraska football program to take the defense lead in a different direction.”

Special groups coordinator Bill Bush was appointed defense coordinator.

Athletic director Trev Alberts said after Joseph was named interim head coach that he would have the opportunity to make any changes he felt would be necessary. Alberts fired Frost after he went 16-31 in just over four seasons.


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