Wake Forest fails in close in 24-10 loss to BC
Twice Wake Forest's offense was close to the goal line and both times it looked helpless.
Andre Williams ran 35 times for 204 yards and a touchdown for Boston College, and the Demon Deacons had trouble overcoming a pair of early fumbles in a 24-10 loss Friday night.
With Wake Forest down 17-7 late in the first half, the Demon Deacons' Nikita Whitlock got through to block a punt, and Steve Donatell gathered it in at the 3. Four plays later, Boston College headed into halftime holding its 10-point edge.
Josh Harris ran twice, gaining 2 yards on the first play, but getting stopped for no gain on the second. After an incomplete pass in the end zone, the Demon Deacons decided to go - and Harris was stopped at the goal line.
''I really want our mentality to be we can get a yard when we need it,'' Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe said. ''Looking back, it's easy to say kick the field goal, but I felt like the momentum was not going to be good either way. If we don't get it in, you lose momentum. But, I felt like when you're on the one-yard line and you can't punch it in, and you're kicking a field goal, that's still a momentum swing. Either way it is.''
Wake Forest had another chance late in the third quarter, starting with a first-and-goal at the BC 4. Three plays later, they were at the 4 and had to kick a field goal.
''It's disappointing when you get it down to the 1 and 3-yard line and you don't come away with more than one touchdown (in the game),'' quarterback Tanner Price said. ''We'll watch the film and see what may be a better answer there and what we could had done better.''
Eagles cornerback Bryce Jones had an interception and a fumble recovery, leading a defense that held Wake to 55 yards rushing.
''We have to have a better mentality when we're down there,'' Grobe said. ''We're still not very good right now at making the decisions we need to make. I think we'll do a better of slimming the package down and not having as much thinking.''
Alex Amidon caught five passes for 93 yards and a touchdown for BC (2-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference). The Eagles matched their victory total from last season, when Frank Spaziani was fired and replaced by Steve Addazio.
Michael Campanaro caught five passes for 86 yards and a touchdown for Wake Forest (1-1, 0-1). Price completed 18 of 30 passes for 191 yards, but he also threw an interception and had a hand in two poor pitches that led to fumbles deep in Demon Deacons territory.
Wake Forest, coming off a 31-7 victory over FCS opponent Presbyterian, was sloppy early to help the Eagles take a 17-7 halftime lead.
The Demon Deacons fumbled the ball away on a sloppy pitchout on their second play of the game, giving BC the ball at the 27. Two plays later, Rettig connected with Amidon for a 26-yard touchdown pass.
Wake Forest tied it when Campanaro went down the middle and made a diving 30-yard touchdown catch. BC added a field goal, and then Price made a bad pitch that Jones pounced on at the Demon Deacons 22.
Rettig hit Spiffy Evans for the 22-yard score to make it 17-7.
That's when the Eagles got sloppy.
Williams ran it in from 2 yards out with 2 minutes left in the third quarter to make it 24-7.