The Deacs lost their first game of the season Thursday night, falling to the Boston College Eagles by a score of 41-34. Let’s just jump straight into the highlights (before my power goes out).
This game started off about as bad as Wake fans could have guessed, with Boston College star running back AJ Dillon scoring from 45 yards out on the 3rd play of the game.
Dillon finished the game with 33 carries for 185 yards and just this one touchdown.
After a muffed punt from the Eagles later in the first quarter, the Deacs would tie the game at 7 on this 2 yard run from Matt Colburn II.
Colburn had a really nice game, finishing with 23 carries for 117 yards and the 1 TD.
After a Sam Hartman interception, Boston College would score on what was to become a common motif in this game: a play action pass to a wide open receiver.
Originally ruled incomplete, the refs reviewed the play and determined that Jeff Smith was able to get a foot inbound, giving BC the lead at 14-7. Smith finished the game with 6 receptions for 145 yards and 2 touchdowns.
The Deacon defense stepped up on the next BC possession, forcing a 3 and out. The snap was too high for punter Grant Carlson, who scrambled to pick up the ball and punt it.
Demetrius Kemp did a great job lying out for the block instead of trying to destroy the punter, and the ball was recovered in the end-zone by Malik Grate to tie the game at 14.
The Deacs would go on to take the lead 21-14 on this 5 yard strike from Sam Hartman to Sage Surratt.
On the next possession, the Eagles would return to the previously mentioned motif, and score again in just 3 plays.
This time, Anthony Brown found Kobay White on the play action pass for the 35 yard touchdown pass. The game was tied up 21-21 going into the half.
After the Deacs kicked a field goal on their opening possession of the second half, the Eagles would once again take the lead on the — stop me if you’ve heard this one before — play action pass to a wide open receiver.
This time Brown found the tight end Tommy Sweeney for the 29 yard score to take a 24-28 lead.
Later in the 3rd, the Deacs failed to convert on 4th down from the BC 8 yard line. The Eagles took over and scored yet again, this time going 92 yards in just 5 plays to take the lead 24-34 on a — yep, you guessed it — play action pass to a wide open receiver.
Anthony Brown found Jeff Smith wide open for the second time, this time for 71 yards and the touchdown.
Wake Forest would kick a field goal to cut the lead to a touchdown, but the Eagles were on a roll and couldn’t be stopped.
Brown dropped back and threw and nice pass to Ben Glines down the sideline for the 40 yard score. Brown had a heck of a game, finishing 16 of 25 for 305 yards and 5 touchdowns.
The Deacs never gave up, as Sam Hartman threaded the needle to tight end Jack Fruedenthal from 5 yards out to cut the BC lead to just a touchdown.
Hartman finished 20 of 45 for 214 yards, 2 TDs, and 2 ints in his first game against an ACC caliber defense.
After Boston College recovered the onside kick, they ran out the clock to secure the victory, handing the Deacs their first loss of the season.
What was your favorite (or least favorite) play from this one?