MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Miami put its last-minute comeback hopes into Duke Johnson's hands, and he delivered.

Twice, actually.

Johnson ran for two fourth-quarter touchdowns, the second a 1-yard plunge with 53 seconds left, as No. 7 Miami beat Wake Forest 24-21 on Saturday to remain unbeaten and cap a wild week of emotions. The NCAA mess that overshadowed Miami for 2½ years finally ended on Tuesday, and four days later, Johnson made sure there was cause for a second celebration.

"I wanted the ball," Johnson said. "So I went to coach, and we talked about it, and coach said 'We're going to put it in your hands.'"

Smart move, Al Golden.

Johnson had 30 rushes — eight more than his previous collegiate best — and finished with 168 yards. In the fourth quarter alone, he had 14 carries for 85 yards, including the two go-ahead touchdown runs as the Hurricanes (7-0, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) set up a showdown at Florida State next week and matched the program's best start since 2003.

"Clearly emotional. I'm not going to lie to you. Just an emotional week," said Golden, the coach who spent the first 30 games of his Miami career waiting for the NCAA cloud to pass. "Now we can breathe and move forward. I was more worried than ever this week, just because nobody was really talking about Wake. Everybody was talking about the NCAA and obviously future scheduling."

It was the third straight game where Miami overcame a double-digit deficit, and the second straight game where the Hurricanes got the go-ahead score in the final seconds after Dallas Crawford's late touchdown run gave them a win at North Carolina on Oct. 17.

Wake Forest (4-4, 2-3 ACC) led for nearly 49 minutes in a 60-minute game, and it still didn't matter. Tanner Price completed 25 of 45 passes for 302 yards and two touchdowns, the last of those a 44-yard score to Dominique Gibson with 4:02 remaining — one play after Wake connected on a fourth-down opportunity — to give the Demon Deacons a 21-17 lead.

It slipped away, and the Demon Deacons are now 1-53 all-time against Top 10 teams.

"It's tough in there right now," Price said, referring to the Wake Forest locker room. "It's really hard when you come this close and you don't come away with the W. It was right there in our grasp. I thought when we had that touchdown to give us 21 that we had a chance. It was just disappointing."

Antonio Crawford's interception with 37 seconds left sealed the win for Miami, which got a touchdown catch from Herb Waters and a 17-for-28, 191-yard passing effort from Stephen Morris.

Michael Campanaro had 10 catches for 88 yards for the Demon Deacons.

"I told them that I think we're a good football team," Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe said. "Not as good as we need to be. We came up short but I think we got better today."

Wake Forest set the tone from the outset, going 16 plays and getting a touchdown on the game's first drive. None of the plays gained more than 14 yards, and the 79-yard march — capped by Josh Harris' 12-yard run — chewed nearly 9 minutes off the clock. By of plays and time, it was Wake Forest's longest scoring drive of the season.

Miami was on its heels. The Hurricanes went three-and-out on their ensuing drive, and didn't get the ball again until the second quarter. At one point early in the second quarter, Wake Forest was outgaining Miami 124-8.

And after Miami got on the board with a field goal, the Demon Deacons rode the strength of a big play to take a two-score edge.

Price found Tyree Harris with a 56-yard third-down pass midway through the second quarter, getting Wake Forest into the Miami red zone. Four plays later — on fourth-and-1 — Price connected with Campanaro from 9 yards out to put the Demon Deacons up 14-3, the biggest deficit the Hurricanes had faced since the Florida State game on Oct. 20, 2012.

It looked bad. Then again, these are the Comeback 'Canes.

"We're a whole new team," defensive end Anthony Chickillo said. "We've got a different mindset. We're not going to quit."

Late in the half, Miami seemed to finally get something going.

Facing third-and-short with about 1:30 left, Morris faked a handoff and fired a fastball down the right hash marks that seemed to be sailing high — before tight end Clive Walford snared it with his right hand and somehow held on through the tackle. One play later, Morris connected with Waters for a 35-yard scoring strike, getting the Hurricanes within 14-10 at halftime.

That was the end of the scoring until the fourth, when Johnson put Miami ahead with 5:36 left, and returned to the field 94 seconds later to begin pulling off the second comeback drive — the one that counted most.

"Man, oh, man," Golden said. "He ran with a purpose and an anger that we haven't seen from him."

Tanner Price's 44-yard touchdown pass to Dominique Gibson with 4:02 remaining put Wake Forest on top, but the Hurricanes went 73 yards on their next 10 plays, with Johnson scoring to keep Miami unbeaten heading into next week's showdown at No. 3 Florida State.

Wake Forest (4-4, 2-3 fell to 1-53 all-time against Top 10 teams — the lone win coming exactly 67 years ago Saturday. The Demon Deacons trailed for less than 3 minutes against the Hurricanes, and still dropped their fifth straight in the series.

Antonio Crawford's interception sealed the win with 37 seconds left for Miami, which was playing its first game since the NCAA investigation into the Nevin Shapiro scandal ended earlier in the week — culminating a 2½-year saga for the Hurricanes.

After Johnson's first score of the game put Miami up 17-14 late in the fourth quarter, Wake Forest found an answer.

Price connected with Jared Crump for an 11-yard gain on 4th-and-5 from the Wake Forest 45 with 4:30 remaining. On the next snap, he found Gibson on the right sideline, linebacker Tyrone Cornelius wound up missing on the tackle, and Gibson took off on a 44-yard play that put the Demon Deacons up 21-17 with 4:02 left.

But for the second straight game, Miami found a way to get a win in the final moments, and matched their best start since 2003.

Price threw for 302 yards and Michael Campanaro had 10 catches for 88 yards for the Demon Deacons. Stephen Morris threw for 191 yards for Miami, including a touchdown pass to Herb Waters.

Wake Forest set the tone from the outset, going 16 plays and getting a touchdown on the game's first drive. None of the plays gained more than 14 yards, and the 79-yard march — capped by Josh Harris' 12-yard run — chewed nearly 9 minutes off the clock. In terms of plays (by two) and time (by more than 2 minutes), it was Wake Forest's longest scoring drive of the season.

Miami was simply on its heels. The Hurricanes went three-and-out on their ensuing drive, and didn't get the ball again until the second quarter. At one point early in the second quarter, Wake Forest was outgaining Miami 124 yards to 8 and enjoying nearly a 10-to-1 edge in time of possession.

And after Miami got on the board with a field goal, the Demon Deacons rode the strength of a big play to take a two-score edge.

Price found Tyree Harris with a 56-yard third-down pass midway through the second quarter, getting Wake Forest into the Miami red zone. Four plays later — on 4th-and-1 — Price connected with Campanaro from 9 yards out to put the Demon Deacons up 14-3, the biggest deficit the Hurricanes had faced since the Florida State game on Oct. 20, 2012.

Late in the half, Miami seemed to finally get something going.

Facing third-and-short with about 1:30 left, Morris faked a handoff and fired a fastball down the right hash marks that seemed to be sailing high — before tight end Clive Walford snared it with his right hand and somehow held on through the tackle. One play later, Morris connected with Waters for a 35-yard scoring strike, getting the Hurricanes within 14-10 at halftime.

Midway through the third, Miami was inside the Wake Forest 10, but Dallas Crawford was stopped by safety Anthony Wooding, who shook off a block and wrapped him up just shy of what would have been a first down. And when Miami elected not to go for it on another fourth-down opportunity early in the fourth, there was more than a little bit of booing at Sun Life Stadium.

Ultimately, the field-position game proved effective. Miami downed a punt at the Wake Forest 3, forced a three-and-out, and Johnson put the Hurricanes ahead for the first time 4 minutes later.

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  • Wake Forest v Miami

    MIAMI GARDENS, FL - OCTOBER 26: Miami Hurricanes head coach Al Golden looks on during a game against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Sun Life Stadium on October 26, 2013 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

  • Stacy Coley, Merrill Noel

    Miami's Stacy Coley (3) catches the ball after being tackled by Wake Forest's Merrill Noel in the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, in Miami Gardens, Fla. Miami won 24-21. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

  • Jim Grobe

    Wake Forest head coach Jim Grobe, right, talks to an official during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Miami, Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, in Miami Gardens, Fla. Miami won 24-21. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

  • Antonio Crawford, Michael Campanaro

    Miami's Antonio Crawford (21) celebrates after breaking up a pass for Wake Forest's Michael Campanaro (3) during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Miami Gardens, Fla., Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. Miami won 24-21. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

  • Antonio Crawford, Larry Hope

    Miami's Antonio Crawford (21) and Larry Hope (24) celebrate after Crawford's interception against Wake Forest in the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, in Miami Gardens, Fla. Miami won 24-21. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

  • Duke Johnson, Kevin Johnson

    Miami's Duke Johnson (8) is tackled by Wake Forest's Kevin Johnson (9) in the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, in Miami Gardens, Fla. Miami won 24-21. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

  • Anthony Wooding, Dallas Crawford

    Wake Forest's Anthony Wooding (11) tackles Miami's Dallas Crawford (25) during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Miami Gardens, Fla., Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. Miami won 24-21. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

  • Al Golden

    Miami coach Al Golden, left, and his coaching staff argue a penalty call during the second half of an NCAA college football against Wake Forest game in Miami Gardens, Fla., Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. Miami won 24-21. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

  • Anthony Wooding, Dallas Crawford

    Wake Forest's Anthony Wooding (11) tackles Miami's Dallas Crawford (25) during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Miami Gardens, Fla., Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. Miami won 24-21. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

  • Anthony Wooding, Bandon Chubb, Dallas Crawford

    Wake Forest's Anthony Wooding, rear, tackles Miami's Dallas Crawford (25) during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Miami Gardens, Fla., Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. Miami won 24-21. Wake Forest's Brandon Chuff (48) applies pressure on the play. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

  • Duke Johnson

    Miami's Duke Johnson, bottom left, scores a touchdown against Wake Forest in the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, in Miami Gardens, Fla. Miami won 24-21. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

  • Michael Campanaro, Spencer Bishop

    Wake Forest's Michael Campanaro (3) and Spencer Bishop (89) celebrate after Campanaro scored a touchdown against Miami in the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

  • Herb Waters

    Miami's Herb Waters celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Wake Forets in Miami Gardens, Fla., Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

  • Duke Johnson

    Wake Forest's Kevin Johnson (9) is unable to tackle Miami's Duke Johnson (8) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Miami Gardens, Fla., Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

  • Clive Walford, Ryan Janvion

    Wake Forest's Ryan Janvion (22) tackles Miami's Clive Walford (46) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Miami Gardens, Fla., Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

  • Tyree Harris, Jimmy Gaines

    Wake Forest's Tyree Harris, foreground, is brought down by Miami's Jimmy Gaines, right, in the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

  • Tyree Harris, Michael Campanaro

    Wake Forest's Tyree Harris (12) is brought down by Miami's Michael Campanaro (3) in the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

  • Michael Campanaro, Spencer Bishop

    Wake Forest's Michael Campanaro (3) and Spencer Bishop (89) celebrate after Campanaro scored a touchdown against Miami in the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

  • Tanner Price

    Wake Forest quarterback Tanner Price looks to pass against Miami in the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

  • Michael Campanaro

    Wake Forest's Michael Campanaro (3) scores a touchdown against Miami in the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

  • Jimmy Gaines, Shayon Green, Tanner Price

    Miami's Shayon Green, bottom, and Jimmy Gaines (59) stop Wake Forest quarterback Tanner Price (10) after a short gain during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Miami Gardens, Fla., Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

  • Stephen Morris

    MIami's quarterback Stephen Morris (17) looks at the scoreboard after Wake Forest scored during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Miami Gardens, Fla., Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

  • Josh Harris, Jimmy Gaines

    Wake Forest's Josh Harris (25) escapes a tackle by Miami's Jimmy Gaines (59) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Miami Gardens, Fla., Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

  • Jimmy Gaines, Josh Harris

    Wake Forest's Josh Harris (25) from scores a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Miami Gardens, Fla., Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. Miami's Jimmy Gaines (59) chases at left. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

  • Tanner Price

    Wake Forest quarterback Tanner Price (10) passes to Tyree Harris (12) during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Miami in Miami Gardens, Fla., Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

  • Stephen Morris

    Miami quarterback Stephen Morris (17) passes for a first down during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Wake Forest in Miami Gardens, Fla., Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

  • Kevin Johnson, Herb Waters

    Wake Forest's Kevin Johnson, right, tries to tackle Miami's Herb Waters (6) after he scored a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Miami Gardens, Fla., Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)