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BC 17, Wake Forest 14: The Key Play

Taking a look at BC’s game-winning score

NCAA Football: Boston College at Wake Forest Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

To all the Debbie Downers out there who are mad that BC won a football game, and that BC will get to play in another football game next month instead of starting the nine month slog through the offseason: Toss off, wankers.

Fun is good.

8:03 remaining in the 4th quarter
2nd and 10 from the Wake 13 yard line
Patrick Towles pass complete to Tommy Sweeney — TOUCHDOWN

Boy, this sure does look familiar, doesn’t it?

Last week’s Key Play against UConn was a remarkably similar play to this. Patrick Towles, faced with 10 yards between himself and the end zone, had perfect touch and timing on a pass to Michael Walker, running through the back of the end zone.

It’s not the same play, but it’s pretty close.

Wake sends four, but unlike UConn, doesn’t switch linemen after the snap. It makes for pretty simple pass protection for BC’s five man line. The line actually holds a little better than it did on the UConn touchdown, and Towles doesn’t even need as much time as he’s given.

This time, Michael Walker is the decoy. He’s lined up wide, and stops five yards down the field, holding the two Wake linebackers who stay behind to cover him. That opens up single coverage for Tommy Sweeney, who catches everything that’s ever thrown his way, for a nice touchdown reception that gave BC the lead late.

Of course, there were a few other keys as the game closed out — not the least of which was the missed field goal for Wake Forest — but seeing BC look sharp on a game-winning touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter isn’t something we get to see too often.