Deacs Soar Past Eagles 34-10 in ACC Opener
Sept. 9, 2017
By Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeFB)
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. -- Wake Forest used four takeaways and a balanced offensive attack to roll to a 34-10 victory over Boston College Saturday afternoon in the ACC opener at Alumni Stadium. The victory marks the second straight season the Demon Deacons (2-0, 1-0) have posted a conference road win in week two of the season.
Wake Forest scored 21 points off four Boston College (1-1, 0-1) turnovers, including three interceptions. The strong defensive effort was complimented by a balanced offensive game as the Deacs amassed 309 yards, 158 on the ground and 151 through the air.
The 24-point margin of victory was the largest for the Demon Deacons in an ACC game since a 34-10 win over Maryland in 2013 and the largest on the road against a conference foe since the 30-0 win over Florida State in Tallahassee during the 2006 ACC Championship season.
Wake Forest's 34 points were its most in an ACC game since 2013 and it marked the third consecutive game that the Demon Deacons scored at least 30 points, their longest such streak since 2009-10.
Quarterback John Wolford was 13-of-19 for 151 yards and one touchdown passing while also adding 92 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries. Cade Carney added 40 yards rushing and a touchdown on 13 carries and Greg Dortch had six catches for 56 yards and a touchdown to lead the receiving corps.
The game remained scoreless for most of the first quarter until the Demon Deacons took advantage of the first turnover of the game. Cameron Glenn forced a fumble by Eagle running back Jonathan Hilliman that gave the Deacs the ball at the BC 26-yard line. Four plays later Wolford found Dortch in the back of the end zone for his third touchdown of the season. Wake Forest held that 7-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The Deacs doubled their lead early in the second quarter as Wolford capped an 8-play, 64-yard drive with a 29-yard touchdown run to make the score 14-0. The Eagles got on the scoreboard with just over three minutes to play in the first half with a 6-yard touchdown catch by Hilliman from Anthony Brown to cut the advantage to 14-7. After the Boston College defense forced a punt, the Deacs extended the lead to 21-7 with their first defensive touchdown of the season. Essang Bassey grabbed a deflected pass for his first career interception and returned it 30 yards up the sideline for the pick-six. Wake Forest took that 14-point advantage into halftime.
Boston College scored the first points of the second half on a 30-yard field goal by Colt Lichtenberg to cut the Wake Forest advantage to 21-10. On the ensuing drive, the Deacs answered with a 28-yard field goal by Mike Weaver to push the lead back to 14 points. Jessie Bates III grabbed his first interception of the season on the next BC drive and returned it 37 yards to the Eagles' 2-yard line. Two plays later, Carney punched it in from three yards out to extend the Deacs' lead to 31-10, which they held at the end of the third quarter.
Weaver's second field goal of the day, a 27-yard make midway through the fourth quarter, was the final score of the day as the Demon Deacons closed out the 34-10 victory.
The Demon Deacons will return home Sept. 16 to host Utah State for homecoming. Kickoff at BB&T Field is 3 p.m.
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