Deacs Rally But Fall Short Against Boston College 23-17
Oct. 25, 2014
By Nick Sebesta, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeFootball)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest staged a late 14-point rally in the fourth quarter, but fell by a final score of 23-17 to Boston College on Saturday.
Boston College improved to 5-3 on the season with a 2-2 record in the ACC. Wake Forest fell to 2-6 on the season with an 0-4 mark in conference.
Trailing 23-3 in the fourth, wide receiver E.J. Scott ran for a three-yard score followed by a one-yard rushing touchdown from Isaiah Robinson to narrow the Eagles' lead to 23-17. Quarterback John Wolford was intercepted with 2:06 left in the game to end Wake Forest rally.
John Wolford finished the game 22-for-30 with 242 yards passing including a season-long 46-yard pass. Jared Crump had six catches for 60 yards while Cam Serigne had five catches for 43 yards. E.J. Scott finished with four catches for 58 yards and a rushing touchdown.
Boston College drove 16 plays over 7:37 to start the game, resulting in a 30-yard field goal from Alex Howell to put the Eagles up 3-0.
After Wake Forest was forced to punt in the following drive, Boston College used the remaining 4:04 and scored a touchdown to end the first quarter. John Hilliman finished the drive with a 33-yard rushing touchdown to give Boston College at 10-0 advantage.
In the second quarter, the two teams punted on each possession until the Eagles drove at the end of the first half resulting in a one-yard touchdown by Hilliman. Boston College took a 17-0 lead over Wake Forest into the locker room at halftime.
Early in the third quarter, Wolford completed a 46-yard pass to Jonathan Williams to put Wake Forest deep in Boston College territory. The Deacons were able to capitalize on the drive as Mike Weaver hit a 28-yard field goal to bring Wake Forest within two touchdowns.
After forcing Boston College into a three-and-out on the next possession, Wake Forest again drove into Eagles' side of the field. Wolford hit E.J. Scott on fourth down to keep the drive alive. After the Deacons got the ball to the Boston College 19-yard line, the Eagles forced another fourth down situation as Wolford's pass to Brandon Terry fell incomplete.
Three plays later, Murphy completed a 37-yard touchdown pass to Shakim Phillips as the Eagles took a 23-3 lead. Tylor Harris blocked the extra point attempt for his third block of the season.
Wake Forest responded with a 15 play, 75-yard drive that resulted in a three-yard rushing touchdown from Scott. The drive, highlighted by three long catches including two from Crump and one from Scott.
After a passing interference play backed the Deacs up to the BC 20-yard line, Wolford completed a pass to Serigne followed by a personal foul call which placed Wake Forest on the three-yard line. Scott then ran a sweep to make it a 23-10 game following the extra point.
On the following kickoff, Josh Okonye forced a fumble which was recovered and returned by Brad Watson to the Boston College 15-yard line. Four plays later, Robinson rushed for a one-yard touchdown as the Deacs pulled within six.
Wake Forest stopped Boston College on the next drive, forcing a punt. On the first play of the drive for the Deacs, Wolford completed a 27-yard pass to Scott but was picked off by BC's Justin Simmons with 2:06 left in the game, clinching the 23-17 victory for the Eagles.
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