Wake Forest 30, Navy 27
Fabian Davis scored on a five-yard run with 53 seconds to play today to lift Wake Forest to a 30-27 win over Navy, the Midshipmen's 10th straight loss.
Navy is off next week before its traditional season-ending game against Army -- also 1-10 -- on Dec. 7 in Philadelphia.
The Demon Deacons (6-5) were coming off an unusual two-week layoff and it took them almost the entire game to shake off the cobwebs.
Navy took a late lead with 4 minutes 11 seconds to play when quarterback Craig Candeto scored on a one-yard keeper. Candeto tried to run in a two-point conversion but was stopped to keep the Navy lead at 27-23.
The Demon Deacons then marched down the field and went back on top on Davis's touchdown run.
Navy's Tony Lane fumbled the ensuing kickoff, Wake Forest's Dominic Anderson recovered and the Deacons ran out the clock.
"Every loss is hard and Wake drove downfield when it counted," Navy Coach Paul Johnson said. "We felt like we had a chance. Losing in the final minute is a microcosm of our season."
James MacPherson threw for 210 yards and one score, a 70-yard pass to Jason Anderson on a one-play drive in the first quarter.
Anderson finished with three catches for 119 yards and Matt Wisnosky made field goals of 41, 28, and 30 yards.
Michael Brimage ran for a career-high 171 yards for the Midshipmen, whose last victory was in their season opener against Southern Methodist on Aug. 31.
The Midshipmen were coming off last week's 38-0 loss to Connecticut, but Candeto missed that game with a knee injury. He returned to play one of his best games of the season, throwing for two touchdowns and running for a third.
Candeto threw touchdown passes of 19 yards to Lionel Wesley and 53 yards to Chandler Sims.
Afterward, Wake Forest Coach Jim Grobe was peppered with questions about his name being linked to the vacancy at Baylor.
"I love Wake Forest. This is my school. My plan is to be at Wake Forest," Grobe said. "Other people might be interested in me and I can't control that. But I told the kids interest in me is a tribute to them."