This time, it was the other team that failed at the end of the game.
Despite gaining only 167 yards in total offense, Boston College, led by its defense, held on yesterday to win the regular season’s last football game, beating Wake Forest 17-14, in Winston-Salem, N.C. The win gives the Eagles a 6-6 record, and qualifies them for a post-season bowl game.
BC took the lead with 8 minutes left in the game. Wake Forest had to punt on their next possession, after two BC sacks made it 3rd-and-33 and then 4th-and-20. After going -14 yards on their next three plays, the Eagles gave the ball back with a 34-yard punt to Wake Forest on the BC 42 with 3:25 remaining. The Demon Deacons drove to the BC 22, but missed a 40-yard field goal that would have tied the game.
After three rushing plays that gained 4 yards and took 18 seconds off the clock, BC punted the ball back to Wake Forest. On 3rd-and-1, defensive end Harold Landry had his third sack of the game to push the ball back 6 yards. (Landry’s sacks gave him 15 for the season, setting the BC season record.) On 4th-and-7, defensive Lukas Denis intercepted the pass and secured the win for BC.
BC quarterback Patrick Towles was 10-23 passing for 74 yards and 1 touchdown, no interceptions. The Eagles, who gave up 5 sacks, gained a net 93 yards rushing, highlighted by Tyler Rouse’s 1 carry for 27 yards.
In coach Steve Addazio’s four seasons at BC, the Eagles have compiled a 23-27 record overall, 10-22 in ACC play (2-14 in the last two seasons). BC has lost the two previous bowl games, to Arizona State in 2013 and Penn State in 2014.