Wake Forest hangs on for 3-0 win over BC
BOSTON (AP) Mike Weaver kicked a 25-yard field goal after Wake Forest forced a turnover deep in Boston College’s territory in the third quarter, and the Demon Deacons held on for a 3-0 victory Saturday.
The win snapped a two-game losing streak for Wake Forest (3-3, 1-2 ACC). The Eagles (3-3, 0-3) have lost three straight.
The Eagles had first-and-goal at the 1 with 29 seconds left shortly after Wake Forest quarterback John Wolford fumbled the ball with 56 seconds to play. Boston College’s Tyler Rouse ran for no gain, and Jeff Smith spiked the ball as the clock hit :00.
After a replay review, the referee confirmed the game was over.
The Eagles also had a third-and-1 at the Wake Forest 8 with under two minutes left, but Troy Flutie fumbled on a sneak and the ball squirted out of the pile and defensive back Zach Dancel recovered.
Boston College’s Colton Lichtenberg missed two field goal attempts – from 26 and 31 yards.
Weaver missed on a 43-yard attempt in the opening half.
The Eagles, which piled up easy wins over a pair of FCS schools in their first two games, came in ranked No. 1 among FBS schools with the fewest yards allowed. The Demon Deacons entered the game ranked 20th.
The Demon Deacons collected just 142 total yards. Boston College had 269.
Early in the third quarter, Wake Forest’s Brandon Chubb recovered Jordan Gowins’ fumble at the Eagles 5. After losing two yards, the Demon Deacons settled for Weaver’s decisive field goal.
Boston College drove deep into Wake Forest territory, helped by two unsportsmanlike penalties. But Lichtenberg was wide left on his 26-yard attempt and Eagles coach Steve Addazio looked to the sky in disbelief.
Lichtenberg missed his 31-yarder in the final minute of the opening quarter, nailing the right upright.
It was only fitting that Wake Forest’s punter Alex Kinal set a conference record for most career yards during a scoreless opening half.
The Eagles had consecutive false start penalties before getting whistled for delay of game after their first two offensive plays.
The Demon Deacons had only 89 total yards at the half; BC 123. There were nine total punts, five by Wake Forest.
Weaver was wide right on his 43-yard try midway into the second. He was 8 of 10 on the season before the miss.
The teams traded interceptions about a minute apart near midfield early in the second, but both sides failed to get into field-goal range as a result.
Wake Forest it at North Carolina next week. The Eagles travel to No. 6 Clemson.