BC football ends the regular season with home losses to Wake Forest

“We had determination and we’re resilient, but if you want to be great, there has to be consistency,” said senior captain Marcus Valdez. “You can not have the four-week stretch where we lose four games.”

In addition to a dynamic opponent, the Eagles faced yet another unique obstacle this week. 32 players from Boston College had the flu, including Jurkovec, and 10 were out Saturday for that reason. The Eagles had a review instead of a full training session both Wednesday and Thursday as a result. Hafley said the outbreak did not change the game plan, but he believes it affected the execution.

He made sure to mention that it was not an apology, and Wake Forest played out BC, but he thinks it was a factor. The Eagles finished just 1 of 10 on third down compared to 11 of 21 for Wake, surpassed 413-182 in total yards and recorded only nine first downs compared to 25 for Demon Deacons in a largely deficient performance.

Jurkovec finished 3 of 11 for 19 yards, recording just one completion more than interception. Wake Forest QB Sam Hartman was 20 of 32 for 236 yards, three touchdowns and one interception, plus a rushing TD.

“There were too many threes and outs,” Hafley said. “We did not have enough drives that were retained and 10 points will certainly not beat this team.”

The Demon Deacons built an early 14-0 lead on a 7-yard touchdown run from Hartman and a 33-yard pass from Hartman to AT Perry. The Eagles responded with a 15-yard feed from Jurkovec to Trae Barry to make it 14-7 Wake Forest through one.

Both teams added field goals in the second quarter, and Wake extended the margin to 24-10 at the break on a 7-yard TD pass from Hartman to Perry with 10 seconds left.

BC finished the first half with 172 rushing yards, but only 19 passing yards, while Wake had 186 in the air and 74 on the ground. Hafley said he thought the Eagles played the entire game on their side of the 50-yard line in defense.

The Eagles felt they were halving the deficit as Zay Flowers scored from 73 yards after a barrage of moves, but officials called Jurkovec a controversial blind-side block that negated the result.

“I just would rather not comment on anything about the officials right now, because I would probably say something I want to regret,” Hafley said. “I do not want to do that today. It was an incredible game. I thought it was a good block. Now you are talking about a 7-point match with momentum on our side, and it is a completely, completely different football match. Not once close to what has just happened. “

Instead, BC had to tip and the Demon Deacons hit on another field goal, followed by a 3-yard TD run from Christian Turner to extend the cushion to 34-10 through three. Blake Whiteheart added a 2-yard TD reception in the fourth to salt away an even and stress-free win.

Valdez referred to the regular season as an “emotional roller coaster ride,” and he believes the Eagles deserve credit for coming back after losing four in a row. He just wished they were done on a higher note.

Running back Pat Garwo – who became the 19th player in BC’s history to rush 1,000 yards in one season – repeated these thoughts and made it clear that there is more football to play.

“We want to finish right,” Garwo said. “It’s a long season and it’s rewarding if we continue to evolve and put it all together.”

Hafley, as disappointed as he was with the result, thanked the senior class for embracing him and the rest of the staff immediately.

“I’m glad they’re a part of my life,” he said. “As much as I like to say that I like helping to change people’s lives, that group has changed my life. They have it, and I will never forget it. ”

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