Football

Wake Forest grinds out 3-0 victory at Boston College

Time was on Wake Forest’s side on Saturday.

Mike Weaver’s 25-yard field goal in third quarter was all the scoring the Deacons needed in a 3-0 victory over Boston College at Alumni Stadium. Wake Forest’s first win over the Eagles in three years was dominated by a pair of stout defenses that held the teams to a combined 412 total yards, 23 first downs and six turnovers.

But the game didn’t end until after the clock expired as Boston College, which was out of timeouts, was trying to spike the ball from the 1-yard line to set up either a game-tying kick attempt or a shot at a touchdown.

Weaver’s kick came after Wake Forest linebacker Brandon Chubb recovered a Jordan Gowins fumble at the Eagles’ 5-yard line. The Deacons (3-3, 1-2) lost two yards over the next three plays before kicking with 10 minutes, 18 seconds left in the quarter.

Boston College (3-3, 0-3 ACC) twice moved to within scoring position. Colton Lichtenberg missed a 31-yard field goal try late in the first quarter and was off the mark again on his next attempt, this time from 26 yards with 2:17 left in the third quarter.

Wake Forest quarterback John Wolford returned to action after missing the past two games because of an ankle injury. Wolford, a sophomore, was 11 of 25 passing for 109 yards and an interception. Cortez Lewis caught five of Wolford’s passes for 65 yards.

The defensive domination wasn’t a shocker given both teams entered the game with two of the stoutest units in the country.

Boston College was leading the nation in every major defensive category, including total defense (140 yards per game), rushing defense (43.4 yards a game), passing yards allowed (96.6 yards a game) and first downs allowed (51). After losing to Duke last week, the Eagles are the first team to allow nine points or less in consecutive losses since Boston College did it in 1989.

Wake Forest was 39th in the nation in scoring defense, allowing only 20.4 points per game, and was 15th in passing defense. But the Deacons hadn’t forced a turnover until Saturday when they prompted four Boston College miscues. The last one came when Boston College quarterback Troy Flutie fumbled on third-and-1 at the Wake Forest 4 with 1:11 to play.

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