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BC defense stops Wake Forest for 24-10 ACC win

Andre Williams carried 35 times for a career-high 204 yards and one touchdown in leading BC to a 24-10 ACC win over Wake Forest.

Andre Williams carried 35 times for a career-high 204 yards and one touchdown in leading BC to a 24-10 ACC win over Wake Forest.

Sep 6, 2013

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BOSTON (AP) - The Boston College defense forced three turnovers and stopped Wake Forest with a pair of goal-line stands.

Andre Williams did the rest.

The BC running back rushed 35 times for a career-high 204 yards and a touchdown -- including a final drive in which he carried the ball eight straight times to help run the last 5 minutes off the clock -- and Boston College matched its win total from last season with a 24-10 victory over Wake Forest on Friday night.


``You keep pounding the rock and pounding the rock, and the rock cracked,'' said BC coach Steve Addazio, who took over after Frank Spaziani's team won only two games last year -- just one in the Atlantic Coast Conference. ``I'm proud of the fact that we're 2-0. We're scratching and clawing to get here, but we've got a lot of work to do.''


Cornerback Bryce Jones had an interception and a fumble recovery, and Alex Amidon caught five passes for 93 yards and a touchdown for BC (2-0, 1-0 ACC). Kevin Pierre-Louis had 11 tackles for Boston College, and Steele Divitto and Steven Daniels had 10 apiece.


Chase Rettig completed 7 of 14 passes for 123 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. But most of the offense came from Williams, who didn't practice during the week after tweaking his hamstring against Villanova in the season opener.


With BC protecting a 17-point lead and 5:14 left in the game, Williams carried eight plays in a row for 44 yards and four first downs before Rettig kneeled twice to clinch it.


``We didn't know how long he'd be able to go,'' Addazio said. ``But he finished it. He finished it out.''


Williams said the production was set up by a first half with play-action and an effective passing game.


``After that, we only ran a couple of plays,'' he said, ``and they just couldn't stop it.''


Michael Campanaro caught five passes for 86 yards and a touchdown for Wake Forest (1-1, 0-1). Tanner Price completed 18 of 30 passes for 191 yards, but he also threw an interception and had a hand in two poor pitches that led to fumbles deep in Wake territory.


BC stopped the Demon Deacons on a pair of goal-line stands, one of them after a blocked punt gave them the ball at the 3 at the end of the first half.


``As it turned out, that will do great things for us,'' Addazio said. ``But at the time it's taking years off your life.''


Wake Forest, coming off a 31-7 victory over FCS opponent Presbyterian, was sloppy early to help the Eagles take a 17-7 halftime lead.


The Demon Deacons fumbled the ball away on a sloppy pitchout on their second play of the game, giving BC the ball at the 27. Two plays later, Rettig connected with Amidon for a 26-yard touchdown pass.


Wake Forest tied it when Campanaro went down the middle and made a diving 30-yard touchdown catch. BC added a field goal, and then Price made a bad pitch that Jones pounced on at the Demon Deacons 22.


Rettig hit Spiffy Evans for the 22-yard score to make it 17-7.


That's when the Eagles got sloppy.


Taking over with 76 seconds left in the half and the ball at their own 30, the Eagles burned only 24 seconds off the clock before being forced to punt. Nikita Whitlock got through to block the kick, and Steve Donatell gathered it in at the 3.


But BC kept Wake Forest from scoring, stopping Josh Harris after 2 yards on first down, for no gain on second and then forcing an incomplete pass on third. The Demon Deacons went for it on fourth down, but Harris was stuffed short of the goal line by Kasim Edebali and Divitto.


``I really want our mentality to be: `We can get a yard when we need it,''' Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe said. ``Looking back, it's easy to say `kick the field goal.' But I felt like the momentum was not going to be good either way. If we don't get it in you lose momentum. But I felt like when you're on the 1 yard line and you can't punch it in and you're kicking a field goal, that's still a momentum swing.''


Williams ran it in from 2 yards out with 2 minutes left in the third quarter to make it 24-7, and then BC again stopped the Demon Deacons inside the 5, forcing them to kick a field goal.


Team Notes
  • Boston College now leads the all-time series with Wake Forest, 6-5. Since joining the ACC in 2005, the Eagles are 6-3 against Wake Forest. BC has won five of its last seven matchups over Wake.
  • BC stopped Wake Forest on fourth-and-goal from the one yard-line with 17 second left in the second quarter, marking the second straight game that the Eagles have had a multiple-play, goal-line stand. Last week, BC stopped Villanova on fourth-and-goal from the one yard-line in the second quarter. Wake Forest started the drive on BC's three yard-line, while Villanova started its drive on BC's six yard-line.
  • The 10 points that BC allowed are the least since allowing three points to Maine in a 34-3 win on Sept. 8 2012. The 10 points are tied for the second-least points allowed by the Eagles in the past two season (14-10 win over NC State on Nov. 12 2011).

Individual Notes

  • With a career-high 204 rushing yards (on 35 attempts), senior RB Andre Williamssurpassed Jim Bell (1985-88) to rank 19th in school history for career rushing yards with 1,900. Williams has now rushed for over 100 yards in a game for the seventh time in his career, and the second time this season.
  • With 93 receiving yards, senior WR Alex Amidon now has 2,012 career receiving yards and ranks eighth all-time, passing Dedrick Dewalt, Tom Waddle and Darren Flutie. With his first-quarter touchdown, Amidon now has 12 career touchdowns and is tied with five former Eagles for ninth all-time. Amidon caught the second-longest pass of his career, a 51-yarder, in the first quarter. It was the fifth-longest pass of senior QB Chase Rettig'scareer.
  • The fumble recovered by junior DB Spencer Rositano in the first quarter was the second of his career.
  • Sophomore DB Bryce Jonesrecovered his first career fumble on the last play of the first quarter. He tacked on his second interception in as many games in the second quarter.
  • Senior WR Spiffy Evans caught his second career touchdown reception on the first play of the second quarter.
  • Senior K/P Nate Freesekicked the longest punt of his career, a 48-yarder, in the third quarter.
  • Junior DL Brian Mihaliknotched his third career sack, which went for a loss of 10 yards, in the second quarter.
  • Redshirt freshman LS Leonard Skubal recorded his first career tackle in the second quarter.
  • With 11 tackles, senior LB Kevin Pierre-Louis notched his 12th career double-digit tackle game, his second of the season.

General Notes:

  • After the first quarter BC honored Russ Joyner, captain of the football team in 1982 and former member of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Indianapolis Colts.

Attendance: 32,465

Weather: 62 degrees, winds from the southwest at 6 mph, clear.

Coin Toss: Boston College won the toss and deferred to the second half. Wake Forest will receive and will defend the North end zone.


Head Coach Steve Addazio


"Obviously, it's great to get a win. You know it's great to be 2 -0. It's great to get your first conference win for our team. I'm proud of our guys. We had a mindset today, we went out there, we were going to really empty the drawer a little bit. We came out throwing it, play-actioning it, taking some shots down the field. That's what we wanted to do."

"I thought the resounding thing here was that we played hard, we played physical, we played like a team. When one was down, the other was up. We complimented each other. Our kids had great resilience and great will which I think is critically important. It's as important as anything right now. "

"The kids are playing hard. The kids are playing together like a team. They're fighting hard. They're doing a lot of good things for week two. I thought our team really progressed from week one. That's ultimately the goal, to get better each week. We've got a lot of football ahead of us. We've got a big game this week and we've got a chance to fight to be 3-0. That's all you can ask for."

On the Defensive Effort

"I was proud of the way our defense played. They held on that unbelievable goal line stand which was incredibly important for us. They played really strong all night."

On the Offensive Effort

"I thought that our offense punched hard, really wore down their defense and had a really great critical last drive to keep moving the chains."

Senior QB Chase Rettig

"I think it's awesome to be 2-0. It just gives credit to how hard we're working, so we just have to continue to work really hard. We get out of it what we put in. The best thing about being 2-0, as coach is always telling us, is that we have a chance to be 3-0. We're going to have fun and celebrate the win tonight and tomorrow we have to get ready and get focused for USC."

Sophomore DB Bryce Jones

On big defensive plays:
"It has a lot to do with the coaches. Coach Addazio came in and you could tell he was aggressive. He was straight forward and detailed and it carried on to the rest of the coaches. They always talk about organized chaos and we're all buying into it so it works out. We're a lot more aggressive."

On only allowing 55 rushing yards:
"It means everything. Coach Brown's thing is stopping the run. He wants to stop the run. Our defensive line is playing great right now. Our linebackers are giving the DB's a chance to cover and just worry about the receivers."

Senior RB Andre Williams

On the heavy workload:
"I'm a running back, I love running the ball. Putting the ball in my hands - there's nothing I like more than that. Coach Addazio is an offensive guy, he loves to run the ball, and it couldn't work out better for me."

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