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Starkel sets record in Aggies' wild Belk Bowl loss

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- John Wolford threw for 400 yards and four touchdowns, and Matt Colburn ran for 150 yards and the go-ahead score in Wake Forest's 55-52 victory over Texas A&M on Friday in the Belk Bowl.

The teams combined for 1,260 yards in one of the highest-scoring games in bowl history.

Wolford, a four-year starter and the game's Most Valuable Player, threw all four TD passes in the first half for Wake Forest (8-5). Colburn had a 1-yard touchdown with 2:18 left in the game to give the Demon Deacons the lead for good.

Scotty Washington had nine catches for 138 yards and a touchdown for the Demon Deacons, and tight end Cam Serigne had nine catches for 112 yards and a score.

Wake Forest stopped the Aggies on downs on their final drive to seal the win.

Liberty Christian product Nick Starkel threw for a Belk Bowl-record 499 yards and also had four touchdown passes for Texas A&M (7-6). Christian Kirk caught 13 passes for 189 yards and three touchdowns.

Jimbo Fisher now takes over as Texas A&M's coach in place of the fired Kevin Sumlin. Interim coach Jeff Banks coached the Aggies on Friday.

Wake Forest spotted Texas A&M (7-6) a 14-point first-quarter lead following a pair of special teams miscues, but rattled off 31 straight points in a span of 11 minutes, 16 seconds to take a 31-14 lead in the second quarter.

Texas A&M battled back to take the lead late in the third quarter behind Starkel and Kirk.

"After that first quarter, it felt like an old Western Athletic Conference shootout," said Banks, whose future with the team remains uncertain. "We wanted to stay positive with the kids and not get down on them."