Deacons Fall 24-10 In ACC Opener At BC
Sep 6, 2013
By Gary Petit, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeFB)
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Two early Wake Forest turnovers setup Boston College with prime field position and the Eagles took full advantage, using the momentum to hold off the Demon Deacons 24-10 Friday night at Alumni Stadium.
The loss evens the Deacs record at 1-1 while BC improves to 2-0 on the year.
The Deacon defense was able to limit BC senior quarterback Chase Rettig to just 7-of-14 for 123 yards but they didn't have an answer for running back Andre Williams. Williams carried the ball 35 times for a career-high 204 yards and one touchdown.
Wake Forest quarterback Tanner Price finished the game 18-of-30 for 191 yards and one touchdown. Senior Michael Campanaro was the Deacs' leading receiver on the night with five catches for 86 yards and a touchdown.
Defensively, four Demon Deacons finished with a team-high seven tackles. Senior Nikita Whitlock was one of those four players as he also finished with three tackles for loss, including a pair of sacks. That was the first multi-sack game of his career. Merrill Noel, Ryan Janvion and A.J. Marshall also had seven tackles on the night.
Junior defensive back Kevin Johnson finished the night with three tackles and his fifth-career interception. Johnson has now had an interception in each of the first two games.
The Deacons had 246 yards of total offense on the night compared to 314 yards for the Eagles.
On the Deacons second play of the game, Price's pitch to Josh Harris ended up on the ground and BC recovered at the Wake 27 yard line. Two plays later, Alex Amidon took a screen pass and went 26 yards for an Eagle touchdown just 1:23 into the contest.
After trading punts, the Deacons responded with a 10-play, 76 yard touchdown drive that was capped by a great diving catch by Campanaro on a 30-yard pass from Price. Wake converted a pair of third downs on the drive with nice runs by redshirt-freshman Josh Wilhite. The touchdown catch was the ninth of Campanaro's career.
Rettig then went deep on the next BC play and found Amidon for a 51-yard play down to the Wake Forest 24. But the Wake defense stiffened and allowed just a 33-yard field goal to Nate Freese make the score 10-7 with 48 seconds left in the opening quarter.
Another botched pitch by the Deacons as the first quarter clock expired set the Eagles up again at the Wake Forest 22 yard line. Rettig hit Spiffy Evans this time for a 22-yard score on the ensuing play and it was 17-7 Eagles with 14:55 to play in the first half.
The Deacon defense stepped-up near the end of the second quarter notching three sacks of Rettig, including two by Whitlock. Whitlock then blocked a punt which was recovered by Brandon Chubb at the BC three yard line with just 52 seconds left in the half. But the Deacs were stopped on four-straight plays and came away with no points, sending the teams to the locker room with BC in front 17-7.
After trading punts for most of the third quarter, BC put together a 47-yard drive with Williams taking it in from two yards out. That pushed the Eagle lead to 24-7 with 1:54 to play in the third quarter.
Bolstered by a 43-yard pass from Price to Jonathan Williams, the Deacs got the ball first and goal at the BC four yard line but ultimately had to settle for a 26-yard field Chad Heldund field goal. That cut the deficit to 24-10 with 10:17 to play.
Wake got the ball back one more time but wasn't able to do much and the Eagles would run out the clock and take a 24-10 victory.
The Deacons return home Saturday, Sept. 14, to host Louisiana-Monroe at 12:30 p.m. at BB&T Field. The game will be the first meeting between the two teams on the gridiron.
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