Wake Forest Falls to Boston College 17-14
Nov. 26, 2016

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By Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeFB)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Boston College scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter and held off a Wake Forest rally as the Eagles defeated the Demon Deacons 17-14 at BB&T Field.

Wake Forest (6-6, 3-5 ACC) had a 14-10 lead going into the fourth quarter but Boston College (6-6, 2-6 ACC) responded with a late touchdown drive and stymied two Demon Deacon possessions to close out the game. Boston College became bowl eligible with the victory.

Quarterback John Wolford completed 16 passes for 137 yards with two touchdown passes while adding 69 yards rushing. Cam Serigne had six catches for 49 yards and a touchdown while Cortez Lewis had 67 yards on four catches with a score.

Marquel Lee led the defense with 11 tackles including seven solo stops and 1.5 sacks. As a team, Wake Forest had five sacks and five breakups while holding Boston College to just 167 yards of total offense. The Eagles did not eclipse 100 yards in either rushing or passing.

Boston College took advantage of a Wake Forest turnover in the first quarter, kicking a field goal early in the frame for the 3-0 lead. The Eagles added a touchdown later in the quarter on an 11-yard run from Myles Willis which led to a 10-0 advantage for Boston College going into halftime.

Trailing by 10 midways through the third quarter, Wolford marched Wake Forest down the field on an 8-play, 50-yard touchdown drive. Wolford was 3-for-4 passing on the drive and also had a 14-yard run into the red zone. On 3rd-and-goal, Wolford zipped a pass to Serigne for the score.

After holding Boston College to a 3-and-out on the following drive, the Deacons took the lead on a highlight throw-and-catch from Wolford to Lewis. After reaching the Boston College 37-yard line on a rush from Cade Carney, Wolford launched a pass for Lewis down the sideline who brought it down for the diving catch. Following the extra point, Wake Forest held a 14-10 lead halfway through the third quarter.

Boston College retook the lead in the fourth quarter on a 13-yard touchdown pass to Tommy Sweeney which put the Eagles in front 17-14.

In the waning moments of the fourth, Wake Forest backed Boston College up on third down and sent pressure as Ejiofor sacked quarterback Patrick Towles to force a punt. On the following possession, Wake Forest drove to the BC 22-yard line but missed a 40-yard field goal to tie the game. The Deacons had the ball with less than a minute late but the Eagles stopped the drive and finished out the game for the win.

Next Up
• The Demon Deacons finish the regular season with a 6-6 record and a 3-5 mark in the ACC.
• Wake Forest is bowl eligible for the first time since 2011. Bowl pairings will be announced on Sunday, Dec. 4 following the conclusion of league championship games.
• The Demon Deacons will continue to train next week while awaiting the bowl announcement.

Senior Day
• Wake Forest honored its 25 senior players in a pregame ceremony on Saturday. The following players were recognized prior to the Boston College game:
   o Reid Althoff, Charles Argenzio, John Armstrong, Josh Banks, Sam Beckerman, Thomas Brown, Taylor Chambers, Jared Crump, Rocco Esposito, William Flood, Cameron Gardner, Bryant Gross-Armiento, Josh Harris, Tyler Hayworth, Ryan Janvion, Julian Jackson, Ali Lamot, Jalen Latter, Marquel Lee, Shelldon Lewinson, Nick Luedeke, Christopher Pappayliou, Brad Watson, Chase Wilson, Dezmond Wortham

Sack Attack
• Wake Forest has recorded 37 sacks this season as a defense including five on Saturday. That surpasses the mark of 32 sacks in 2006. The school record is 46 sacks by the 1992 team.

Lee Leads the Way
Marquel Lee led the Wake Forest defense with 11 total tackles. All season long, either Lee or Jessie Bates III has led the team in tackles.
• With 2.5 tackles for loss against BC, Lee is now in sixth place in school history for most tackles for a loss with 41. Lee trails Fred Robbins (1996-98) for fifth place with 44.
• Lee has led the Deacons in tackles in eight games, including Duke (10), Delaware (5), Syracuse (15), Florida State (9), Army (12), Virginia (7), Clemson (12), and Boston College (11).

Dual-Threat Wolford
• Quarterback John Wolford continues to display his versatility. With 69 yards rushing and 137 passing yards against Boston College, Wolford is now the first quarterback in school history to have over 500-yards rushing and over 1,500 yards passing in a single season.

Turnovers
• Coming into Saturday's game, Wake Forest was tied for eighth nationally with a +10 turnover margin which also led the ACC.
• The Deacons forced a BC fumble in the first quarter which is the seventh consecutive game that Wake Forest has a forced turnover.

Final Home Game for Faircloth
• Wake Forest Assistant Athletic Director for Football Bill Faircloth attended his final home game at BB&T Field in a working capacity. Faircloth has attended 451 consecutive Wake Forest football contests and will attend his final official game in the upcoming bowl.

Serigne the Consistent
• Tight end Cam Serigne caught his second touchdown pass of the season on Saturday which is the 11th of his career, extending his own career record for TD receptions by a tight end.
• Serigne has played in 35 consecutive games (every game he has played) and ranks among the top tight ends nationally with 127 catches for his career.

Seven Million
• With Saturday's announced attendance of 24,866, Wake Forest has drawn over seven million fans over 49 seasons at BB&T Field. The total number drawn for home games over the 49 seasons is 7,014,494.


 

 

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