Virginia answered quickly, driving 62 yards in eight plays. Sims started the drive with a 31-yard pass to Jake McGee, and hit an 18-yarder to E.J. Scott, but the drive stalled at the Demon Deacons’ 13. Ian Frye kicked a 30-yard field goal.
Wake Forest led 10-7 at halftime and Hedlund’s 44-yard field goal made it 13-7 in the third.
After Harris‘ scoring run, most the rest of the half was a punting contest, except for one Cavaliers drive that reached the Demon Deacons’ 26. From there, Frye tried a 44-yard field goal, but the kick sailed wide right.
Virginia finally got something going late in the half, almost all of it through the air. Sims completed seven passes, three for third-down conversions, and hit former Oscar Smith High School teammate Tim Smith on a slant from 13 yards.
Only 20 seconds remained in the half, but the Demon Deacons made another special teams play as Chibulkem Okoro returned the short, bouncing kick 20 yards to the 40. A personal foul on Kyle McCartin for tackling Okoro out of bounds moved it to the Virginia 45. Price hit 6-5 Brandon Terry in one-on-one coverage against 6-foot Drequan Hoskey for 41 yards, and Hedlund’s 22-yard first field goal made it 10-7 at halftime.
Wake’s scoring drives in the half took six seconds, and 17 seconds.