Boston College undone by mistakes in 27-24 loss to Wake Forest – Boston Herald

Boston College’s abundance of positive plays on offense were offset by a gamut of game-altering mistakes in a tough 27-24 loss to Wake Forest on Saturday at Alumni Stadium.

BC fell to 3-2 and 1-1 in the ACC with its second home loss in a favorable stretch of games. The Eagles play five of the next seven on the road beginning on Oct. 5 at Louisville. Wake Forest improved to 5-0 and 1-0 in the ACC.

“This was two good teams fighting each other, and it came down to a thin margin,” BC head coach Steve Addazio said. “At the end, they pulled away from us by three points, and it’s a hard deal, but I’m proud of the way our kids played.”

BC put up big numbers on the Deacons defense with as balanced approach. BC outgained Wake 533-440 in total yards and enjoyed a 25-22 advantage in first downs.

Tailback AJ Dillon rambled for 159 yards on 23 carries for a 6.9-yard average. Dillon enjoyed the 10th game of his career of 150-plus yards. Quarterback Anthony Brown was 21-of-29 for 265 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.

Those positive numbers were countered by the Eagles’ enemy from within. Wake Forest snapped 85 plays that featured a school-record 20-play drive, enjoyed a 35:51 to 24:09 advantage in time off possession, exploited BC’s porous defense to convert on 17-of-24 third downs and won the turnover battle 3-2.

BC committed six penalties for minus-40 yards that included a delay of game call that took Aaron Boumerhi’s made 44-yard field off the board with 13:11 to play in the fourth. The delay of game penalty and the Eagles’ inability to get off the field on third down were Addazio’s postgame points of emphasis.

“We didn’t execute the field goal, and that’s something that is inexcusable,” Addazio said. “I saw the clock ticking down, I was going to call a timeout, and I thought we were going to get it off on time, and I didn’t want to lose my timeout.

“We had several third downs that we struggled to get off with, but we also made several plays as well. At the end of the day, we made more plays than they did, but they converted on more scoring opportunities than we did.”

Wake’s dynamic dual-threat quarterback Jamie Newman entered the game leading the ACC in total offense (359.5 yards) and did everything he could to maintain his status.

Newman completed 21-of-33 passes for 243 yards and two touchdowns with an interception. Newman complimented that effort with 102 rushing yards on 23 carries. Newman put Wake up 27-17 with a 27-yard touchdown toss to Scott Washington, who finished with 94 receiving yards.

“We have to get off the field on third down, and they had big receivers,” BC cornerback Brandon Sebastian said. “Now we have to put the past behind us and play Louisville.”

Wake went ahead 20-17 at 4:47 of the third quarter on a 22-yard field goal by Nick Sciba. BC blew a chance to tie the game when the delay of game call negated the field goal. The ensuing snap was off target and the play ended with an incomplete pass by holder Dennis Grosel.

BC cut the lead to 27-24 on a trick play with 6:39 remaining. On second-and-10 from the 16, Brown pitched the ball to tailback David Bailey on a sweep right. Bailey pulled up and threw a rainbow pass to tight end Chris Garrison in the end zone.

 



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