The Miami Hurricanes needed two come-from-behind, fourth quarter touchdowns Saturday to defeat the Wake Forest Demon Deacons 24-21.
Running back Duke Johnson scored on a 5-yard run with 5:36 to play to put the Hurricanes up 17-14 and then scored on a 1-yard run with 53 seconds to play after Wake Forest answered Johnson’s first score.
Johnson carried the ball a career-high 30 times against Wake Forest and gained 168 yards while scoring twice. Saturday was the third time this season he topped the 100-yard mark.
The win pushed the seventh-ranked Hurricanes to 7-0 on the season and 3-0 in Atlantic Coast Conference play. Nothing new. Needing fourth-quarter points to win was nothing new either.
Miami needed two fourth-quarter touchdowns last week to come from behind to beat North Carolina. The Hurricanes scored three touchdowns in the fourth quarter two weeks ago after trailing Georgia Tech late.
The perfect record and No. 7 ranking in the AP poll and BCS standings looks great, but eventually playing from behind is going to come back to haunt Miami. Especially considering next week the Hurricanes travel to Tallahassee, Fla. to play the second-ranked, and still unbeaten, Florida State Seminoles.
Miami would be well advised to enter the fourth quarter next week with a lead. Florida State has only allowed three teams to score points in the fourth quarter in seven games this season and only given up 21 points in the final 15 minutes.