Nick Sciba kicked a 29-yard discipline purpose with 22 seconds left and No. 24 Wake Forest beat Louisville 37-34 on Saturday to stay unbeaten.

Sam Hartman threw for 324 yards and two touchdowns to steer the offense for the Demon Deacons (5-0, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who acquired an enormous increase late from Justice Ellison with a number of affected person and chain-moving runs on the go-ahead drive.

Louisville (3-2, 1-1) acquired a closing drive with an opportunity to tie and no timeouts, however the Cardinals’ determined, lateral-filled play by no means acquired throughout midfield earlier than Wake Forest’s Rondell Bothroyd recovered the unfastened ball to finish this one after time had expired.

Malik Cunningham had a giant day for the Cardinals, throwing for 2 scores whereas working for 2 further TDs. His greatest throw of the day got here when he hit Tyler Harrell over the center in a frenetic closing jiffy, and Harrell pulled away down the left sideline from 4 black jerseys in pursuit for a 75-yard landing that tied the sport at 34 with 3:01 left.

THE TAKEAWAY

Louisville: The Cardinals hadn’t misplaced because the season opener towards Mississippi and had been coming off a win at Florida State to open league play. They had gained the previous two conferences within the collection, together with a 62-59 shootout right here two years in the past towards a 5-0 Wake Forest crew. Cunningham was robust your entire means and helped Louisville to 540 whole yards, however the Cardinals burned by way of their timeouts on Wake Forest’s closing drive and did not have a lot of an opportunity to answer Sciba’s winner.

Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons hopped into the AP Top 25 ballot after a fourth 4-0 begin in six seasons, and so they entered October as the one crew with a number of league wins. This marks Wake Forest’s first 3-0 begin in league play since 2011, placing them atop the league’s shaken-up Atlantic Division race now that six-time reigning league champion Clemson has an early loss and No. 23 North Carolina State is the league’s highest-ranked crew.

UP NEXT

Louisville: The Cardinals return residence to face Virginia subsequent Saturday in a cross-divisional league matchup.

Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons keep in division play once they go to Syracuse subsequent Saturday.