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Missed Field Goals Cost Boston College A Win Against Wake Forest

The Boston College defense held Wake Forest to a mere three points, but the Eagles' offense couldn't find the end zone and the special teams couldn't convert field goals in BC's third conference loss.

Boston College’s conference record drops to 0-3 after a loss to the Wake Forest Demon Devils on Saturday afternoon. This snapped a two-game losing streak for Wake Forest but the Eagles have now lost three straight.

The Eagles’ offense struggled again as they were unable to put points on the scoreboard and their overall record falls to 3-3.  Head Coach Steve Addazio started red shirt freshman Troy Flutie at quarterback but Addazio would rotate between Flutie and true freshman Jeff Smith throughout the game.

Flutie went 2-8 for 18 yards while Smith went 4-12 for 56 yards with one interception.  Overall, Boston College gained only 74 yards with the passing game.  With the offense plagued with injuries, it is expected for the Eagles to lean on the running game but they are still looking for the passing game to continue to improve.

Sophomore running back Marcus Outlow led the team with 15 carries for 62 yards.  The Eagles rushed for 270 yards total.

“We're struggling offensively to move the football in any consistent fashion at all,” said Addazio in a postgame press conference. “We're very limited in what we can do right now.  We're trying to hang in there and do the best that we can with where we are right now.  It's just very, very disappointing."

The Boston College defense kept its offense in the game by holding the Demon Devils to only a field goal and by forcing two turnovers. Connor Strachan intercepted Wake Forest quarterback John Wolford in the second quarter but this resulted in an Eagles’ punt. 

The second turnover happened in the last minute of the game and gave the Eagles a sliver of hope to tie or win the game. Demon Devil running back Matt Colburn fumbled the ball and Boston College senior Justin Simmons recovered it at the 11-yard line.

After a two-yard rush by running back Tyler Rousse and an eight-yard rush by Smith, the Eagles found themselves at the one-yard line with 29 seconds to play.

They snap the ball with 19 seconds left and Smith hands it off to Rousse who is unable to cross the goal line.  The Wake Forest defense pounce on him and the Eagles are unable to set up in order to spike the ball before the clock runs out.

The gut-wrenching loss for Boston College was not lost in the final seconds. Freshman kicker Colton Litchtenberg missed a 31-yarder in the final minute of the first quarter and a 26-yarder in the beginning of the third.

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The Eagles will travel to No. 6 Clemson as they look to improve on turnovers, field goals, and finding the end zone.


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