Eagles Edge Wake In OT

Boston College bounced back from the loss at Clemson with a thrilling overtime victory at home over Wake Forest. The Eagle came to life, lead by Dave Shinskie, putting up almost 400 yards and 27 points to pull out a much needed vistory.

It was clear from the first drive that the Boston College offense was determined to turn the page on their dreadful performance at Clemson last week. Dave Shinskie, getting his first start, lead the Eagles on a 13-play, 57-yard drive, leading to a Steve Aponavicius Field goal.

After Wake fumbled on their next possession, Shinskie hit Jordan McMichael for a 50-yard touch down strike to put the Eagles ahead by ten. The pass down the middle of the field was high, but McMichael speared it out of the air with one hand and then dodged a defender to rumble into the endzone. It was McMichael's second touch down as an Eagle.

Wake Forest came to life late in the first quarter, putting together a seven play, 57-yard drive, setting up a field goal attempt. The attempt missed and the ball turned over to the Eagles at the 34 yard line. A three and out turned it back over to Wake. They responded with a 76-yard strike to score their first points of the game.

A Shinskie interception on the next drive gave Wake the ball back at the BC 42-yard line. Wake was moving the ball, but three penalties stalled the drive at the Eagle 6-yard line. They settled for a field goal and momentum was clearly on their side. With a little less than six minutes left in the half, Boston College was looking for a spark.

BC took over at their twenty and Shinskie engineered a 12-play, 80-yard drive capped off by a 4-yard touch down pass from Shinskie to Pantale. On the dive, Shinskie was 5-of-6 for 36 yards. Josh Haden carried the ball for 44 yards on six attempts. The score gave BC a seven point lead at the break.

The third quarter was very sloppy as both teams could get nothing going on offense and committed a slew of mistakes. Both teams combined for a grand total of 89 yards and punted six times in the quarter. Both teams attempted just ten passes as the game seemed to settle into a battle between the running games.

With a minute left in the quarter, Boston College took over at their 26. A couple of nice runs by Josh Haden and the teams switched sides for the fourth quarter. The momentum continued for BC as they put together a 13-play, 74-yard, drive that was capped off by a TD pass to Colin Larmond. The throw was a thing of beauty as Shinskie put the ball in the air to the post before Larmond made his break. It hit him in the hands behind double coverage for a score.

Up 14 with nine minutes left, Boston College was poised to close it out with a good defensive stop. They got it when they picked off Riley Skinner at the BC 14 with just seven minutes left. A three and out and BC punted away to Wake with five minutes left.

Riley Skinner, running the two minute offense, put together a great drive. In six plays and just under 90 seconds Wake was in the endzone. That brought the score within seven with 3:38 left in the game. Boston College took over and clearly tried to run out the clock. They picked up a first down, but the drive stalled at the 42 yard line. An enormous error by Montel Harris, running out of bounds on third down, forced BC to punt with the clock stopped.

Wake took over at their 20 with 95 seconds left in the game. Skinner marched Wake down the field with short passes to the boundary, keeping the game alive and the clock stopped. At the BC 16 yard line facing third-and-four, Skinner hit a wide open receiver for a touchdown with just 17 seconds remaining.

In overtime, Boston College got the ball first and had to settle for a field goal. On their possession, Wake marched down rather easily to the BC three yard line. With four downs to win the game, Wake lined up in a full house backfield, ready to push it into the endzone. Instead, Skinner turned the wrong way and was left looking for someone to hand the ball.

In the confusion, he was stripped by Isaac Johnson and the ball rolled toward the sideline, where it was recovered by Wes Davis to seal the victory for the Eagles.

The victory featured the best offensive performance of the year for BC. Dave Shinskie was 18-of-29 for 228 yards. Josh Haden and Montel Harris combined for 170 yards on 42 carries. It was also the worst performance of the year for the defense. Wake amassed 498 yards and 4.6 yards per carry.

Boston College continues ACC play next week when they host Florida State, who lost to USF today. The game will be nationally televised, 3:30 PM on ABC.


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