Boston College bowl eligible with 17-14 win over Wake Forest

BY foxsports • November 26, 2016

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) Patrick Towles threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to tight end Tommy Sweeney with 8:03 remaining and Boston College's defense made two late stands in a 17-14 victory against Wake Forest on Saturday.

The Eagles (6-6, 2-6 ACC) are bowl eligible for the second time in three seasons.

Wake Forest's Mike Weaver was wide left on a 40-yard field goal attempt with 1:22 remaining. The Demon Deacons got the ball back again after a Boston College punt, but Lukas Denis' interception clinched the outcome with 15 seconds to play.

John Wolford threw a pair of third-quarter touchdown passes to help Wake Forest (6-6, 3-5) wipe out a 10-0 deficit. Wolford threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Cam Serigne, and then a 37-yard scoring strike to Cortez Lewis, who fell into the end zone while making the catch.

Boston College hadn't been scored upon for more than 105 minutes dating back to a Nov. 11 game at Florida State.

John Johnson's interception of a Wolford pass led to Mike Knoll's 22-yard field goal to open the scoring. After Wake Forest's Jessie Bates fumbled on a punt return, the Eagles went 25 yards, scoring on Myles Willis' 11-yard touchdown run.

Wake Forest's first good scoring chance stalled with a failed fourth-and-1 play from the Boston College 19 in the first quarter. A dropped pass on fourth-and-2 from the Boston College 32-yard line thwarted a second-quarter drive for the Demon Deacons.

Weaver missed a 51-yard field goal attempt in the final minute of the first half.

Boston College led 10-0 at halftime despite racking up only 58 yards of total offense.


Boston College: The Eagles won two ACC games this season and both came in the state of North Carolina. The other was Oct. 29 at North Carolina State.

Wake Forest: John Wolford returned after a one-game absence, missing the Clemson game with various ailments. Wolford's first pass attempt was batted into the air and caught by 325-pound senior offensive guard Tyler Hayworth, so that counted for his first career reception. It went for minus-4 yards.


Boston College: The Eagles will head to a bowl for the first time since 2014 with their six-win regular season.

Wake Forest: Wake Forest will await its bowl assignment, marking the team's first postseason appearance since 2011.

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