WINSTON-SALEM — When Wake Forest defeats Duke, it’s usually comes with the Demon Deacons running the ball with authority.

There was plenty of that going around Saturday night.

Two rushing touchdowns in the final 8 ½ minutes allowed Wake Forest to overcome coverage snafus on special teams to defeat visiting Duke 39-27 at rain-swept BB&T Field.

“Anytime that we’ve ever beat Duke, it’s because we ran the ball,” Wake Forest coach Dave Clawson said.

Quarterback Jamie Newman ran for 144 yards on 29 carries and running back Kenneth Walker gained 113 yards on 17 attempts.

Walker scored the go-ahead points with a 14-yard run with 8:24 remaining.

That came 70 seconds after Duke’s Damond Philyaw-Johnson made it to the end zone on a kickoff return for the second time in the game.

“If we could cover kicks, that wouldn’t have been a close game,” Clawson said.

Cade Carney, a senior in his final home game, scored on an 18-yard run with 3:27 left to clinch the outcome.

The Demon Deacons (8-3 overall, 4-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) did have special teams to celebrate, with kicker Nick Sciba setting an NCAA record. He booted four field goals, pushing his streak of consecutive good field-goal attempts to 32. That’s two more than Washington’s Chuck Nelson kicked in 1981-82.

Newman, a redshirt junior from Graham, had a career-high rushing total to go with 284 passing yards, including a touchdown strike to Kendall Hinton. The career-long 62-yard pass play for Newman allowed Hinton to score against his hometown team.

Newman ran for a 42-yard touchdown in the second quarter.

Philyaw-Johnson became the first Duke player with two kickoff returns for touchdowns in the same game. The first one was for 97 yards, the next one for 98. Those were the redshirt sophomore’s first collegiate touchdowns.

Duke (4-7, 2-5) is guaranteed a losing season for the first time since 2016.

From scrimmage, Wake Forest outgained Duke by 618-290.

“Defensively, we can’t tackle right,” Duke coach David Cutcliffe said.

Duke quarterback Quentin Harris threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to Noah Gray. Harris was sacked five times, including 2½ times by Carlos Basham.

• EXTRA POINTS …: Wake Forest has an eight-win regular season for the first time since 2007. … The Demon Deacons won six home games for the first time. … Duke’s 254 yards on kickoff returns were the most ever allowed by Wake Forest.