Any momentum Boston College's football team had following a close win at Northern Illinois last week was quickly dashed in Saturday's home opener against Wake Forest. The Eagles began ACC play with a sloppy performance, turning the ball over four times in a 34-10 loss to the Demon Deacons.
The Eagles did show some promise early, as redshirt freshman Anthony Brown hit Jeff Smith with a beautiful throw on a deep out route. But, moments later, freshman center Ben Petrula, making his first career start in place of the injured Jon Baker, snapped the ball right past Brown for a long loss, and BC was forced to punt.
Then the turnovers began.
Late in the third quarter, senior running back Jon Hilliman coughed it up deep in BC territory, leading to a 9-yard touchdown pass from Wake Forest quarterback John Wolford to Greg Dortch.
A 29-yard Wolford rush gave Wake a 14-0 lead early in the second, but Brown bounced back, marching the Eagles 57 yards in 10 plays, culminating with a touchdown pass to Hilliman.
The BC defense then forced a punt, but just when it appeared BC was about to seize momentum, Brown's next pass bounced off the hands of receiver Kobay White, and was returned for a 30-yard touchdown by Wake Forest's Essang Bassey.
Smith would lead the Eagles on a field goal drive to make it 21-10 early in the third, but threw a pass right to Wake's Jessie Bates III on BC's next drive. Bates returned it back to the BC three, and Cade Carney punched it in moments later to make it 31-10 Wake Forest.
After that, Darius Wade would enter the game in relief of Brown, but fared no better, The graduate student missed HJeff Smith on a 4th and four, before Wake Forest iced the game wit a 13-play drive that ate up nearly eight minutes of clock. The Deacs only got a field goal out of the possession, but the game was effectively over at that point.
Check back for more coverage after coach Steve Addazio's press conference.