Wake Forest wins 55-52 Belk Bowl shootout over Texas A&M

Matt Coburn’s 1-yard run with 2:18 remaining gave Wake Forest a 55-52 victory against Texas A&M in the Belk Bowl on Friday afternoon at Bank of America Stadium.

Coburn gained 150 yards on 21 carries in the first-ever meeting between the teams.

Wake Forest quarterback John Wolford threw four touchdown passes in the first half. The final of those went for 37 yards to Cam Serigne, a senior who set an Atlantic Coast Conference career record for a tight end with his 21st touchdown reception.

“It took the last play of the game (to win),” Wake Forest coach Dave Clawson said. “Credit to Texas A&M. Under the cicumstances of playing under an interim coach, they played their tails off. We ended up making one more play.”

Texas A&M’s final attempt on offense ended at its own 49-yard line when it turned the ball over on downs. The Aggies overcame a 17-point hole and then couldn’t hold on after going ahead on Jhamon Ausbon’s 13-yard touchdown reception with 5:52 left.

Wake Forest (8-5) won a bowl game for the second year in a row.

Texas A&M quarterback Nick Starkel threw for 499 yards and four touchdowns, completing 42 of 63 passes. Christian Kirk caught 13 passes for 189 yards.

Texas A&M (7-6) scored two touchdowns in the first four minutes, with Charles Oliver picking up the ball for a touchdown after Deshawn Capers-Smith blocked Dom Maggio’s punt.

Following a partially blocked punt that ended Wake Forest’s next possession, the Aggies needed just three plays to score again when Trayveon Williams ran in from 2 yards out.

Texas A&M played under the direction of interim coach Jeff Banks, who’s the special teams coordinator and tight ends coach. Kevin Sumlin was fired at the end of the regular season, with Jimbo Fisher hired away from Florida State to be his replacement after this game.

The Aggies lost two first-half fumbles after reaching Wake Forest territory, hindering their ability to keep pace.

But Texas A&M converted after two Wake Forest fumbles in the second half, posting 10 points off those turnovers on the way to a 45-41 lead.

The Aggies built a 14-0 lead in less than four minutes.

Deshawn Capers-Smith blocked a punt and Charles Oliver recovered for a touchdown for the game’s first points.

Then following a partially blocked punt that ended Wake Forest’s next possession, the Aggies struck quickly with Starkel’s 44-yard pass play to Christian Kirk setting up Williams’ 2-yard run.